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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree Paperback – May 15, 2008
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She's not like other girls, that Emma-Jean Lazarus. She doesn't burst into tears every day in middle school or giggle about boys with her friends. Come to think of it, she doesn't seem to have all that many friends to begin with. That's okay, though. If Emma-Jean is anything, she's comfortable being herself. That's something Colleen Pomerantz would probably pay anything to be. When Emma-Jean finds Colleen sobbing in the girls' bathroom (which is just as illogical as it is out of character) she vows to help Colleen out any way she can. Of course, that may mean some forgery here and there, but Emma-Jean is confident in her abilities. Now, however, she has mixed feelings towards her widowed mother falling for the nice Indian guy boarding with them, while at the same time learning that this whole "friendship" idea may not be as straightforward as all that. People don't always make sense and the world is not always fair, but sometimes change can be good. Even if it's not entirely comfortable.Read more ›
manner - until the day she finds Colleen crying in the girl's restroom. While comforting Collen, Emma-Jean is startled when Collen, not wanting to leave the restroom with swollen eyes, grabs her by the hand and begs,
"Emma-Jean, please help me." Extremely intelligent, Emma-Jean decides to help Colleen resolve her problem with the school's hateful "queen bee ." She succeeds in resolving the problem. She then decides she is good at resolving problems and becomes the unofficial, uninvited problem-solver for many of her classmates with hugely unintended consequences for everyone -- including the kind but hapless Colleen.
This first novel is full of quirky, understated humor. When Colleen tells Emma-Jean that '"Some people aren't nice.' Emma-Jean knew this was true. People sometimes behaved unkindly toward one another, even at William Gladstone Middle School." Massive understatement. The author knows her milieu. Her story works beautifully on many levels and rounds out happily in the end. Destined for greatness.
Overall, there is little to complain about in this short, light, G-rated story (although I take issue with the author's decision to include a 7th grade girl's reference to cellulite (p 109), "Colleen had the worst cellulite in America and didn't like changing in front of people," which seems inappropriate and unnecessary given the overall tone of the book), except that I can't imagine much of an audience for a story about middle school students written at a lower-than-middle-school reading level. After some self-debate, I chose to give it four stars only because of its minimal level of inappropriate behavior (mostly dishonesty on the part of Emma-Jean, and an unkind classmate's antics) is a nice change. Similarly light reading on middle school life: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Better: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
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Emma-Jean and the tale of how she ultimately fell out of a tree, is a delight. This is a refreshing take on navigating friendships and supporting others through the hardships of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rita Kenefic
i love this book. it makes you think about how people get dragged into others lives to help them without realizing that they're only temporarily fixing the problem. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Run26.2_Swim50
I chose this rating because it was a amazing book I recommend this book to all of the people who feel that they are different
this was an amazing book.
I saw this book and wondered how it could have a reading level across three grades. It appeared to be at a 3rd grade level but posted at 5th grade level. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Joseph P. Mugivan
A heartwarming story of a unique 7th grade girl, the smartest and strangest girl at school, who believes logic can answer all of life’s problems and decides to help others but... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Genetta Adair
This book was outstanding! I (as an 11 year old girl) find it extremely easy to relate lots of my peers with the characters in this book! Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Lucy Machlan