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Jennifer L. Holm

Forfatter af Our Only May Amelia

74+ Works 19,103 Medlemmer 792 Reviews 2 Favorited

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After graduating from Dickinson College, Jennifer L. Holm became a broadcast producer of television commercials and music videos for numerous companies including Nickelodeon, MTV, American Express, Hershey's and Huggies. Her first book, Our Only May Amelia, was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Both Penny vis mere from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise were Newbery Honor recipients in 2007 and 2011, respectively. She is also the author of numerous series including Boston Jane, Babymouse, and The Stink Files, which she writes with her husband Jonathan Hamel. Her title, The Fourteenth Goldfish made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Jennifer Holm, Jennifer L. Holm

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Værker af Jennifer L. Holm

Our Only May Amelia (1999) 1,880 eksemplarer
Turtle in Paradise (2010) 1,462 eksemplarer
The Fourteenth Goldfish (2014) 1,237 eksemplarer
Penny from Heaven (2006) 1,224 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Queen of the World! (2005) 1,107 eksemplarer
Sunny Side Up (2015) 979 eksemplarer
Boston Jane: An Adventure (2001) 914 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Our Hero (2005) 566 eksemplarer
Swing It, Sunny (2017) 544 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Beach Babe (2006) 470 eksemplarer
Babymouse: Rock Star (2006) 413 eksemplarer
Squish #1: Super Amoeba (2011) 390 eksemplarer
Full of Beans (2016) 373 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Puppy Love (2007) 365 eksemplarer
Camp Babymouse (2007) 351 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Heartbreaker (2006) 335 eksemplarer
Sunny Rolls the Dice (2019) 321 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Monster Mash (2008) 302 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Skater Girl (2007) 295 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Dragonslayer (2009) 265 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Cupcake Tycoon (2010) 263 eksemplarer
Comics Squad: Recess! (2014) — Redaktør; Bidragyder — 259 eksemplarer
Babymouse, The Musical (2009) 254 eksemplarer
The Lion of Mars (2021) 228 eksemplarer
The Trouble with May Amelia (1994) 221 eksemplarer
Boston Jane: Wilderness Days (2002) 218 eksemplarer
Babymouse: Mad Scientist (2011) 218 eksemplarer
Babymouse Burns Rubber (2010) 206 eksemplarer
The Third Mushroom (2018) 199 eksemplarer
Boston Jane: The Claim (2004) 189 eksemplarer
Squish #2: Brave New Pond (2011) 182 eksemplarer
Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite (2012) 165 eksemplarer
Sunny Makes a Splash (2021) 160 eksemplarer
Babymouse for President (2012) 147 eksemplarer
Squish #4: Captain Disaster (2012) 140 eksemplarer
A Very Babymouse Christmas (2011) 139 eksemplarer
Extreme Babymouse (2013) 125 eksemplarer
Comics Squad #2: Lunch! (2016) — Redaktør; Forfatter — 123 eksemplarer
Squish #5: Game On! (2013) 119 eksemplarer
Babymouse, Bad Babysitter (2015) 104 eksemplarer
Happy Birthday, Babymouse (2014) 101 eksemplarer
Babymouse Goes for the Gold (2016) 89 eksemplarer
Squish #6: Fear the Amoeba (2014) 82 eksemplarer
Squish #7: Deadly Disease of Doom (2015) 69 eksemplarer
The Creek (2003) 68 eksemplarer
Comics Squad #3: Detention! (2017) — Redaktør; Forfatter — 63 eksemplarer
Squish #8: Pod vs. Pod (2016) 59 eksemplarer
Sunny Makes Her Case (2024) 40 eksemplarer
Once Upon a Messy Whisker (2022) 34 eksemplarer
I'm Grumpy (My First Comics) (2016) 25 eksemplarer
I'm Sunny! (My First Comics) (2016) 22 eksemplarer
I'm Silly! (My First Comics) (2017) 11 eksemplarer
I'm Scared (My First Comics) (2017) 8 eksemplarer
Besties! (2023) 5 eksemplarer
Babymouse : 4 eksemplarer
Babymouse Collection, Books 1-12 (2010) 2 eksemplarer
Books 1 eksemplar
My only May Amelia 1 eksemplar
El tercer xampinyó 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (2003) — Bidragyder — 305 eksemplarer
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. (2017) — Bidragyder — 178 eksemplarer
Too Much Information: an Unshelved collection (2012) — Forord — 122 eksemplarer
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Bidragyder — 97 eksemplarer
Help the CBLDF Defend Comics (FCBD 2017) (2017) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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Representation: Black and Asian characters
Trigger warnings: N/A
Score: Seven out of ten.

At least I didn't take a few years to get around to reading Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm. After reading Swing it, Sunny, I hoped this one would be as good if not better, but let me get this straight: I wasn't disappointed. I only found the other three instalments slightly more enjoyable, but at least it wasn't an underwhelming reading experience.

It starts (more like continues) with Sunny opening a 1970s magazine and completing a quiz on how 'groovy' she is (according to late 1970s standards,) only to discover she is 'not groovy.' The theme of this collection of illustrations seems to be self-worth and how judging yourself could lead to negative consequences, and that is a discussion topic that is still relevant. The central problem is Sunny continues to judge herself harshly and changes her attributes to make herself more 'groovy' for most of the narrative, and she only stopped that in the concluding pages.

Let's move on to some other aspects, the pictures were engaging and so were some of the characters, with the spotlight being on Sunny this time as she keeps developing and changing as a character. The side characters are sometimes on the page, like Arun (an Asian,) but not as often as Sunny. Dedicating more page time to them would help though. It appears Sunny stopped judging herself mostly by herself, with help from other people, but there wasn't a support network. Perhaps people didn't understand problems like this back then in the late 1970s? (If so, then there's one downside to living in that decade.) The lighter scenes like when Sunny plays Dungeons and Dragons (a contemporary game at that period) with her friends is a jarring juxtaposition compared to the heavier subjects. At least the finish is heartwarming as I see Sunny's arc come to a close. There is one more book in the Sunny series to read, Sunny Makes Her Case, but no library has it, so I'll write my thoughts on it once I obtain it. It sounds intriguing, though.
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Law_Books600 | 9 andre anmeldelser | May 19, 2024 |
Representation: Character with a physical disability
Trigger warnings: Loss of limb (arm,) drug use, abuse and addiction mentioned in the past
Score: Seven out of ten.

It looks like I finally read this one. I haven't read from Jennifer L. Holm in almost two years, but I needed to complete the Sunny series (which I read out of order, since I read the first and then the fourth instalments) so I picked Swing it, Sunny, up. I headed in with high expectations and found it enjoyable.

Did I mention this one is one of the few illustrated novels I haven't read yet until now? It starts (more like continues) with Sunny Lewin moving away from Florida after the events of the first novel and now enters her first year of middle school. I initially thought it would only be another story in the list of school narratives, but it goes deeper than that. The only intriguing subplot is one involving her brother, Dale, who had to attend boarding school because of his drug abuse issues. I appreciated the pictures, which looked engaging and the likable characters, though I couldn't relate to the dysfunctional family, with Dale distancing himself from his siblings and parents, but I'm sure others can relate.

The pacing is enough to keep the book going, with its length barely over 200 pages, so I didn't find it too slow, overwhelming or filled with filler pages that add nothing. Even when Dale briefly visits Sunny during Thanksgiving, an American holiday, she thinks he changes, but he eventually warms up to her, showing intriguing character dynamics and development. I don't see settings like the one in Swing it, Sunny, that often, as Holm set this one in the late 1970s, allowing for a fascinating look into what happened at that time. Some readers may feel young in a way, but I didn't mind that much. Not all side characters are the same, with some being memorable, and others, not quite as such. Developing more characters beside Dale would improve the reading experience, though. At least the conclusion is heartwarming. I'll write my thoughts on Sunny Rolls the Dice after reviewing this one.
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Law_Books600 | 13 andre anmeldelser | May 19, 2024 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/KJhDfQdI7U8

Enjoy!
 
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booklover3258 | May 12, 2024 |
QI really wish books could come with trigger warnings. I can read books and deal with the death of humans but I just cannot read books in which an animal dies.
As difficult as this book was for me at the end, I still found the majority of it to be fun. The science aspect of this story and the awkward young teenagers is quite enjoyable!
 
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tootall77hc | 8 andre anmeldelser | May 9, 2024 |

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