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The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll!
by Mary Amato
Ethan Long, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 240 pages | 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823421756 | 04-01-2009

Grade: FOURTH | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Humor, Family & Relationships, Friendship
Recommendations: SLJ

About the Book
Orville and Wilbur Riot are back in this hilarious fourth book of the Riot Brothers series.

Plastic snakes, lost mummies, and water parks? Hip hip hooroonie! Summer has just begun, and the Riot Brothers are ready for adventures. But their cousin Amelia E. Hart is coming for a weekend visit. Will she be boring? Not a chance! Whether solving mysteries or playing Holey Cheese-n-Peas, this zany trio is always up for an adventure.


"Kids are sure to enjoy the warm family dynamics between the imaginative and exuberant brothers—and their like-minded cousin—and the breakneck pace of this uproariously funny book."—School Library Journal

HOLIDAY HOUSE SAT DOWN WITH ACCLAIMED AUTHOR MARY AMATO to talk about her Riot Brothers book, Take the Mummy and Run! The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll!.

The Riot Brothers have a new sidekick! How did you get the idea for Cousin Amelia?

A reader wrote to me with the idea that Orville and Wilbur could have a cousin, a girl named Amelia after Amelia Earhart. The real Amelia Earhart, born in 1897, was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. I loved the idea of a cousin named after Amelia and started working on it right away. Amelia E. Hart, a new character was born!

How are Amelia Earhart and Amelia E. Hart alike?

Amelia Earhart was a spunky tomboy who loved animals (and wasn’t afraid of dogs). She made up elaborate imaginative games and took big risks, like riding in a homemade roller coaster. Amelia E. Hart has a pet rubber snake, loves bugs, and is the only one who isn’t afraid of Doom, the fiercest dog in the hood. She has a great imagination and is ready for adventure.

Amelia E. Hart is my fictional creation, so I created the details of her life. When Wilbur asks what Amelia was like as a baby, Lydia Riot tells a story about their little cousin finding a pigeon feather on the ground and chasing a bird to put it back on. It was fun to imagine that Amelia E. Hart would be fascinated with feathers and flight.

Thanks, Mary!

About the Author
Mary Amato