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Grade 2-4–When Emma's mother loses her job, the third grader has to leave private school, and they move to a new neighborhood. Then Anthony, the four-year-old son of her mother's friend, comes to stay for a week. To Emma, he's just one big annoyance. She makes friends with Cynthia, also an only child, whom she is eager to please for fear of losing the relationship. When Cynthia invites Emma to sleep over, her mom gives her the option of asking her friend to their house instead, because of Anthony. Emma can't imagine that Cynthia would like the boy, but she is in for a surprise–about her friend and about herself. The black-and-white illustrations are charming, and thumbnail sidebars present fun scientific facts about animals mentioned in the story. Though nothing in this early chapter book is new in a field saturated with "Amber Brown," "Junie B. Jones," and "Judy Moody" books, it holds its own. Emma is a likable character whose feelings and behaviors are common to many children. A sequel is planned.–Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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Gr. 2-4. Emma McGraw is having a tough time. She is the new kid in school and has just moved to a new apartment. Her best friend, Cynthia, is mad at her. Her only-child world has been invaded by a peanut-butter-smelling crybaby named Anthony Scarpetto, who is staying with the McGraws while his parents are out of town. To add insult to injury, her mom seems to love having Anthony around! Luckily, this dynamic, animal-obsessed eight-year-old dives headfirst--sometimes gracefully and sometimes not--into each new challenge and emerges with a fresh perspective. A natural for fans of the Amber Brown and Judy Moody books, this middle-grade series debut features a boxy trim size, charming ink-and-wash drawings, and animal facts scattered throughout the accessible text. The second installment of Emma's adventures, Weirdo Emma!, is planned for fall 2005. Jennifer Locke
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Emma
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067005979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670059799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Welcome to my Amazon Author Page! I am honored you stopped by. I'm the author of over forty books so far, most of them novels for young readers and middle readers. Almost all of them can be called "realistic fiction," but they are always funny, too - just the way real life so often is!

My most recent series for Viking Children's Books are THE EMMA BOOKS: Only Emma, Super Emma, Excellent Emma, and three others, for kids 7 - 10, and THE ELLRAY JAKES BOOKS: EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken!, EllRay Jakes is Magic!, my most recent book, EllRay Jakes the Recess King!, and five others-with the last one, EllRay Jakes Stands Tall! coming out soon. These are from Viking too, and are also for kids ages 7 - 10.

EllRay's younger sister Alfie has her own series coming, too, between 2016 - 2018. This series takes place three years after the last EllRay book, making Alfie Jakes seven years old when the first book begins - and her big brother EllRay eleven years old. And tall!

An interesting thing about these most recent series - THE EMMA BOOKS and THE ELLRAY JAKES BOOKS - is that all fifteen of them feature the same kids in the same third grade class! Writing the books was like dong a giant puzzle, in a way. But the stories are told from either Emma's or EllRay's point of view, of course.

While I am not able to do school visits at this time, I am always available through my new website - www.sallywarnerbooks.com - and will be happy to answer your questions and read what you have to say. I love my mail! Thanks again for visiting my page, and keep reading.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sally Warner worked first as an artist and an art teacher, exhibiting her drawings all over the country. After writing three books on creativity for adults, she started writing fiction for children. The author of the popular Sort of Forever (Knopf Books for Young Readers, ages 8 - 12), Sally also wrote the internationally popular middle readers Dog Years (also Knopf, a favorite in Italy) and How to be a Real Person (in Just One Day), (Knopf again, and still doing very well in South America). Sally has sold more than 800,000 books to date.

Sally was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California. She attended school in Pasadena. She then received her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine art from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Sally and her husband - writer Christopher Davis - live in Southern California.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Target Lover on August 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
After reading some reviews of this book, I picked it up from the library for my daughter who is an only child. I thought the character might be someone she could relate to (same age) and perhaps it would contain some positive messages about being an only child. Fortunately, I read it first and immediately hid it from my daughter until it could be returned. Emma is a major complainer and in the end she concludes the only good thing about being an only child is you can watch tv whenever you want. It ends with her stating "Yuck" about her only child status and feeling depressed. (To be fair she says she will probably get over it.) Still, this is not the message I want to convey to my daughter.

The story itself is okay, although I found the line drawings to be a little creepy (not nearly as cute as the cover drawing). However, if you're looking for positive only child role models, Emma is not the best choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Emma is an eight year old girl. Her mom and dad split, and she and her mom moved to a tiny condo. Now, afther eight years, her mom's friends son, has to stay with them. At first, Emma hates living with Anthony. He's a pest, won't leave Emma alone, and has to sleep in her room, on her bed! But, soon, Emma finds out that being a big sister is actully fun. I recemend this book to ALL girls, not just only children. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Ford on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Only Emma, by Sally Warner, is a humorous, realistic tale of an eight-year old girl who has grown up as an only child. When faced with the devastating news that Anthony Scarpetto, a feisty four-year old, will be staying with them for a week, Emma reacts in a way that most children would. As I read this book aloud to my third graders, it was obvious that they (as eight or nine-year olds) understood what Emma was going through. The author does a terrific job of portraying the dynamic relationships between Emma and Anthony, Anthony and Emma's Mom, and Emma and her best friend Cynthia. I loved this book, and my students are already begging me to read the next one in the series!! I would recommend this book for children 7-10 and I feel that girls could related more to Emma's character, and may find the book more enjoyable than boys would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an awesome book! It is the book before Not So Weird Emma which I am currently reading. I read this book last year and loved it so now when I new one came out I decided to read the sequel! I don't know if it's going to be as good!

It's about Emma, who moved to a different part of Oak Glen in a condominium, which is hard for her. But luckily, Cynthia quickly befriends her. They plan for a sleepover...but then, Emma's mother's friends have to go take care of the woman's mother, and so her four-year-old son needs to stay with Emma and sleep in Emma's bed!
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