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November 15, 2009

An Order of Amelie, Hold the Fries

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An Order of Amelie, Hold the Fries

Author: Nina Schindler

Page Length: 136

Reading Level: 7

Genre: Fiction         

PLOT SUMMARY: Tim is a high school senior who sees the girl of his dreams walking down the street. When he recovers a piece of paper she has dropped, he feels as if heaven has come down and filled his soul.  The paper has the girls’ name and address on it.  Or . . .so he thinks.  Actually, the name on the paper is that of another girl, Amelie.  Amelie is 19 years old and practically engaged.  Tim is not aware of the mix up and writes a letter to the name and sends it to the address on the paper.  Tim is persistent and convinces Amelie to meet him.  When she does, Amelie finds she is attracted to him.  However, she does not know how to go about choosing between her long time boyfriend or falling for Tim.

REVIEW: This is a clever book written entirely as e-mails, memos, quick notes, post cards and letters.  The illustrations are black and white and are in the forms of photos and graphic art with the text on the different memos inset as collages.  This is a quick read and may be appealing to the reluctant reader because the passages are short.    

AREAS OF TEACHING: Reading Varied Sources: Diaries, Journals, Letters, Memoranda

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


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