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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer L. Holm Narrator: Maria Dalbotten Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The May Amelia Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9780307967831
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May Amelia Jackson captured readers' hearts in the Newbery Honor Book Our Only May Amelia. Now, after over ten years, Jennifer Holm is bringing this beloved character back in a beautiful way. The Trouble with May Amelia is a gorgeously written story that's as heartbreaking as it is funny.

May Amelia lives in pioneer Washingon State in 1900, and she just can't act the part of a proper young lady. Working a farm on the rainy Nasel River isn't easy - especially when you have seven brothers and a Pappa who proclaims that Girls Are Useless. May Amelia thinks she may have finally earned her father's respect when he asks her to translate for a gentleman who's interested in buying their land and making them rich. But when the deal turns out to be a scam, Pappa places all the blame on May. It's going to take a lot of sisu - that's Finnish for guts - to make things right.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/13/2014

    " Very engaging story with strong characters, interesting cultural and geographic setting and distinctive style that made me laugh a lot. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/3/2014

    " Really, the only thing disappointing about this sequel is the cover. Did the designer know that the book is historical fiction? May Amelia is her wonderful-getting-into-trouble self in this sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Marie | 1/31/2014

    " It was great to read about the Jackson family again -- from the late 1800s, early 1900s in the state of Washington. I listened to Our Only May Amelia last year, so I enjoyed reading the print version of its follow-up - seeing the words in print and seeing how Holm wrote the words May Amelia says. I love historical fiction (now - not sure that I did growing up), so reading about May Amelia's trials interests me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamsyn | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this one just as much as Our Only May Amelia. It was an interesting balance of everyday humor with the tragic circumstances of life as an emigrant, trying to keep your home going, learn a new language, and avoid the dangers of nature, dishonest people, and accidents. Jennifer Holm gives May a wonderful voice from the very first page: "My brother Wilbert tells me that I'm like a grain of sand in an oyster. Someday I will be a Pearl, but I will nag and irritate the poor oyster and everyone else up until then." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starr Elementary | 1/28/2014

    " I was a little disappointed in this book after reading Our Only May Amelia, which I loved. This one seemed almost whiny in the beginning. The plot was slow but historically accurate, which I liked. Great book to give kids a picture of life during this time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti Demarco | 1/27/2014

    " Another enjoyable read, May amelia is a fun character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/19/2014

    " Read a ARC of this. Didn't like this as much as the first. But still a great read. I just love Jennifer Holm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/26/2013

    " Love May Amelia. Such a great character, and I love that the author used stories from her ancestors' histories. Definitely have Maggie read this in a few years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Ann Baer | 12/1/2013

    " The main character is about 12. She is a girl in a family of boys. It takes place in a small, rural area in 1900. This is a Newberry book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madelyn | 12/1/2013

    " I liked the book but I don't think it is as good as Our Only May Amelia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathleen | 11/9/2013

    " I wanted to read the sequel about May Amelia and I am glad I did. I enjoyed it but still liked the first one so much better. She and her family suffers so much of hard times and hard work, but May Amelia has "sisu" that I wish I had more of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Clark | 8/7/2013

    " May Amelia is a wonderful character. Just enough pathos to make 5,6,7 grade girls happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolores | 8/1/2013

    " I love Jennifer Holm, but this one was a real struggle for me. It seemed really choppy--like a bunch of unrelated chapters thrown together. It doesn't help matters that I'm not a historical fiction fan and really need a good book to keep my interest. This, unfortunately, was not that book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Handd51 | 4/28/2013

    " Great sequel - kids who loved the first one will love this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/11/2012

    " Cover did not match the story. good girl power story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/9/2012

    " Solid historical fiction. Has both humor and sadness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/24/2012

    " This book was a real downer, not nearly as fun as the first May Amelia. I realize life for immigrants was hard, but come on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/24/2012

    " Well done historical. I like the Finnish 1900s farming community, which feels very exotic to me. Character with a lot of spunk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo | 1/15/2012

    " I probably liked the first one of these better, but this one was still pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/20/2011

    " I was a little disappointed in this book after reading Our Only May Amelia, which I loved. This one seemed almost whiny in the beginning. The plot was slow but historically accurate, which I liked. Great book to give kids a picture of life during this time period. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer L. HolmJennifer L. Holm is the grandniece of Alice Amelia Holm, a Finnish-American girl born on the Nasel River in Washington state during the nineteenth century. The recent discovery of her grandaunt’s diary and her ancestors’ adventures in the Pacific Northwest inspired the character of May Amelia. Ms. Holm also wrote the Newbery Honor book Penny From Heaven, which is available on audio from Listening Library.