Amy's Choice

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A young girl experiences the growing pains of high school


Amy Henderson’s freshman year starts with a new best friend, Cat, and a newfound confidence. But she’s misses her crush, Craig, who has gone to live with his aunt in Boston. Craig has promised to write, and Amy checks the mail on a daily basis, but to no avail. There are plenty of distractions, however, that keep Amy busy. Cat’s brother, Ricky, seems interested in Amy, but is she interested in him? And a new friendship with Finn, the lighthouse keeper, who Amy discovers is a talented artist, keeps Amy and Cat busy as they arrange for him to exhibit his work. But things get complicated when Craig returns from Boston and Finn is accused of arson. There are more questions than answers for Amy as life becomes as turbulent as the cold and stormy ocean of her coastal Maine town. Ideal for preteens, this novel is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Call Me Amy and touches upon issues of friendship, boyfriend troubles, and the power of believing in oneself.


Marcia Strykowski is a children’s book author and works at a public library. She is the author of Call Me Amy. She lives in Bradford, Massachusetts.


“Strykowski ably depicts Amy’s insecurity and self-doubt, Craig’s bravura and pain, and Miss Cogshell’s wisdom with a deft, convincing touch. In essence, Amy comes of age as she fights to find her voice in the outside world and shed some of her debilitating insecurity. Readers will cheer her on, and her splendid team too.” —Booklist on Call Me Amy

“Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and the developing spark between Amy and Craig combine to create a pleasant, satisfying read.” —Kirkus Reviews on Call Me Amy

“Strykowski lovingly captures seaside Maine and the travails of adolescence in her quiet, sweet-natured debut novel.” —Publishers Weekly on Call Me Amy"This author is one of those rare gems who not only loves to write, but the library is a part of her life, and the reader can most certainly tell. The characters of Amy, Finn, Cat, Ricky and so on, are believable and unforgettable, which makes this a true 'Coming of Age' story, but with entertainment, fun, friendship, and even a mystery that must be solved." —Amy Lignor,"After Miss Cogshell's death and Craig, Amy's crush, going to Boston for a little while, Amy feels so alone. Until Cat Fantino moves to town. They become best friends, help Finn, the lighthouse keeper, stay out of jail, and help Finn sell some of his artwork. All the while Amy might be falling for Ricky, Cat's brother, just in time for Craig to come home." —Kady Williams,"Amy's first-person voice is pleasant, straightforward. . . .  [Amy’s Choice is] Calm, pleasant, decidedly 'clean.'” —Kirkus Reviews"A fantastic tale of friendship with plenty of meaning, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish." —Roxy Kade,"This is a gentle read with the most controversial issue being underage smoking. All the issues addressed here are wrapped up by the end of the novel and Amy is happy with her choices." —Natalie Struecker,"Amy’s Choice depicts the satisfying tale of love, hope, friendship, and life choices. In essence, Amy’s character fights as she struggles to find her true voice in the outside world . . . . leaving the readers with a sweet-natured feeling of the power of believing in one’s self." —Jyotsna,"I really liked this book. I usually read fantasy . . . but I learned that fantasy isn’t the only genre I like. I would recommend this to middle school students, summer book lists, people who like historical fiction. 4 Stars" —Anjel,