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Her Permanent Record: 06/29/13

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Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley is the conclusion of the eight book series, Amelia Rules! In it, Amelia goes back over the lessons she's learned in the previous seven books and uses that to hold her family together after her aunt goes missing again.

Amelia Louis McBride lives with her divorced mother and her aunt. Her superhero club has taken on a life of its own and is now popular. Her aunt has gotten back in the music scene. Everything seems perfect until a tell-all book about the aunt sends her off the edge and she goes missing.

Although under age, Amelia decides she has to be the one to bring home her aunt. Her mother is sick and tired of cleaning up her sister's messes. Somehow she manages to buy a bus ticket and leaves town to bring her aunt home.

My son (and many of his friends) adore the series. In talking to him, most of the family drama, issue-oriented aspects of the Amelia Rules! books seem to go right over his head. Nonetheless, he adores it. He says this one is "awesome" and "the best of the series."

As an adult (and parent) I find Amelia's family tiresome, irresponsible and unbelievable. But, I'm not the target the audience.

It was nominated for 2012 CYBILS.

Four stars

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