Call Me Amy

Call Me Amy

Marcia Strykowski

Amy helps rescue an injured seal pup and faces a challenge that could change the future of her town, and her own life as well.


For Amy Henderson, 1973 has been a lonely year of too many awkward moments to count—that is, until she helps rescue an injured seal pup. To help save Pup, she forms an unlikely alliance with a questionable boy in a worn-out army jacket, and a peculiar older woman the kids in town call “Old Coot.”

Amy finds that people aren’t always what they seem, as she nurtures Pup back to health with the help of Craig and Miss Cogshell, while trying to hide Pup from the harbormaster and a group of nosy popular girls who have their eyes on Craig. Just as Amy starts to feel at home with her newfound friends, she must face an unexpected challenge that could change the future of her town, and her own life as well.

"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."

— Anne O’Malley, Booklist

“Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and the developing spark between Amy and Craig combine to create a pleasant, satisfying read.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Strykowski lovingly captures seaside Maine and the travails of adolescence in her quiet, sweet-natured debut novel.”

—Publishers Weekly

"CALL ME AMY is a powerful read that should prove so very hard to put down, hightly recommended."

~ Midwest Book Review

"In a small town in Maine in the 1970's, Amy is standing on the brink of childhood. The events that will force her to discover who she is, what she is made of and how she wants others to perceive her are sweetly told through awkward teenage moments, the triumphs and sadnesses of that age and ultimately, Amy's discovery of her own beliefs, strength and courage."

-Kathleen Benner Duble, acclaimed author of THE SACRIFICE

"A wounded seal pup propels 13-year-old Amy Henderson into an unlikely alliance with an unusual older woman and a mysterious boy in a small Maine fishing village. Readers will cheer for Amy as she protects Pup, gains confidence, faces challenges, and comes up with an idea that could change not only the future of her villlage, but also, her own life. With a skillful hand, Strykowski introduces us to a small town with memorable characters and the girl who could bring them all together."

-Anne Broyles, award-winning author of PRISCILLA AND THE HOLLYHOCKS

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Chuck Sambuchino interviews debut author Marcia Strykowski

Marcia Strykowski has always felt a connection to the ocean and its creatures. She has adopted a puffin named Abigale through Project Puffin, and more recently adopted a harbor seal from World Wildlife Fund. When she’s not watching the waves, she works at a public library. After numerous magazine and anthology contributions, Call Me Amy is her first novel.

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CategoryChildrens - Teens
Publication Date2013-05-15
Publication StatusIn Print
Trim Size5.5 x 8
Page Count180

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