Amalee’s world is all out of order. She’s used to chaos, because of the frequent presence of her father’s bantering, bickering group of fun friends. But when Amalee’s dad becomes seriously ill, the chaos takes new forms — and the ways of coping come from some very unexpected places. With clear-eyed, tender, funny prose, Dar Williams gives us a child’s eye view of a world under pressure, with everyone rising to the occasion in his or her own unique way. Both moving and wise, this marks the debut of a major middle-grade talent.
“Known for lyrics that relate heartfelt, often humorous stories, Williams pours that talent into an uplifting story that will grab young readers.” – Horn Book
“Readers will be charmed by Williams’ eccentric, lovable characters and her sharp observations about the world of both middle-schoolers and adults.” – Booklist
Lights, Camera, Amalee
When Amalee’s grandmother dies, she inherits a very strange object: a huge champagne bottle filled with over a thousand dollars’ worth of change. Amalee is told to spend the money on something important, so she decides to make a movie about endangered species. Soon there’s as much going on behind the scenes as there is in front of the camera, as Amalee deals with a new friend, a very cute older boy, her wacky family friends, and a host of other challenges. She also discovers something she never expected to find — a link with her mother, who disappeared and died when she was very little.
“Amalee’s newfound filmmaking skills coincide with her emerging life skills, evident throughout in this very satisfying story.” – School Library Journal
“…a treat to read.” – The Horn Book
“Williams interweaves elements of environmental science, film production, first crushes and the very normal emotional growth of a tween’s initial understanding of a mother’s alcoholism and subsequent early demise…a multilayered work, offering a well-developed protagonist who has grown into a sincere, genuine, caring adolescent.” – Kirkus Reviews
The Best Of Dar Williams
15 of Dar’s best songs: “The Beauty of the Rain”, “Fishing in the Morning”, “The Great Unknown”, “It Happens Every Day”, “Mercy of the Fallen”, “The One Who Knows”, “So Close to My Heart”, “You Rise and Meet the Day”, and more.