The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye by Bonnie Shimko was published in 2010.
Amelia's grandpa says that all a person needs is one true friend in life, but until Fancy comes along to be that friend, Amelia is friendless. Her mother was not happy to have had another baby late in life and dresses Amelia in her older by twenty years sister's clothing that has been stored for all those years. When Fancy comes along, Amelia meets the first black person she has ever met. Fancy has all the things that Amelia wants: nice clothing, a loving mother, a safe home.
Fancy helps Amelia gain courage to stand up against bullies and bigots. Her friendship with Fancy helps her discover her place in the world and in her family.
This is a touching story of friendships and dysfunction. It is a story of forgiveness and love. It also shows the importance of being that one person for someone. My goal this year is to try to reach out to be that one person who makes someone's day a little better.
Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.