Gownley, Jimmy. Amelia Rules!: The Whole World’s Crazy. Atheneum Books for Young Readers: New York, 2006. Print.
Amelia Rules tells the story of Amelia Louise McBride after her parents are divorced and she is forced to move from Manhattan with her mother to live with her Aunt Tanner somewhere in Pennsylvania. Amelia has to adjust to her new town, but manages to find some relief by hanging around with her Aunt Tanner Clark, who just happens to have been a former rock star, and a group of friends(Reggie, Rhonda, and Pajamaman). Sometimes even forming a superhero club called G.A.S.P. cannot solve all of your problems, but Amelia figures out ways to cope and comes to realize that even when things get tough within your family and with your friends, something better is always hidden around the corner.
Visual and textual style: bold, bright, realistic dialogue, expressive, expository
Potential readers/appeal factors: moving, divorce, family troubles, big life changes, school, friends, like Peanuts but deals with more current real-life issues
- Gownley has been nominated for thirteen Eisner Awards including Best Kid’s Comic, Best Single Issue, Best Lettering, and Best Coloring all in 2008.
- He has been nominated for six Harvey Awards including Best Artist, Best Humor Publication, and Best Graphic album reprint.
- Gownley won the 2007 Cybil Award for Best Graphic Novel for ages 12 and under for Amelia Rules!: Superheroes.
- Amelia Rules was one of the short list finalists for the Howard E. Day Prize in 2002.
- Gownley won the Pennsylvania Library Associations One Book Award in 2008 for Amelia Tules! Volume 4.
- He has also been selected by the Junior Library Guild four times.
- Her Permanent Record became a New York Times Bestseller in 2012, the first Amelia Rules! book to do so.
Other pertinent information
- Jimmy Gownley has a website at http://jimmygownley.tumblr.com. This website, although it has not been updated in seven months has pictures of several different drawings that he has done for his comic books and a memoir that he was putting together. It also shows several spreads as works in progress.
- Amelia Rules began in 2001 and was the very first graphic novel chosen by the Children’s Book of the Month Club.
- Gownley is also a co-creator of Gracieland, a gag strip webcomic about life at a Catholic school that he has co-authored with Ellen Toole Austin.
- Amelia Rules began as a self-published graphic novel and then morphed into an eight-volume series.
- Gownley is a co-founder of Kids Love Comics. This promotes comics as a tool for literacy.
- At the age of 15, Gownley self-published his very first series, Shades of Gray Comics and Stories.
- Gownley’s art is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art in New York City.
- Gownley has been Artist in Residence at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and The Charles M. Shulz Museum and Research Center.