Synopses & Reviews
13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant officer
9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstorm generator
12. A secret mission
Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils, and safety pins; or rocking out on drums/ guitar/saxophone/zither; or painting a swirling feral sewer mural; or forcing someone to say "swirling feral sewer mural" 13 times fast . . . and pointing and laughing.
"Merchandising icon Emily the Strange no stranger to T-shirts, accessories and Hot Topic stores becomes much more three-dimensional in this novel from creator Reger and coauthor Gruner (the pair has also written Emily comic books). Designed to look like Emily's ever-present notebook, the book opens as the 13-year-old finds herself in the very beige town of Blackrock, with no memories of who she is, how she got there or if she has any family ('Got myself so worked up into fake-missing people who might not even exist that I even cried a little fake tear'). She gleans clues to her identity (such as an affinity for fixing machines) and gets caught up in a power struggle over control of the town, before discovering her connection to Blackrock (with some missteps and memory-related restarts along the way). Emily's diary-style narrative includes plenty of lists and her verbal quirks ('Flathering bogyarks') are amusing. But it's her sarcastic, nerdy individualism with a hint of buried sweetness that will make readers want to spend more time with her. Ages 12 up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“[Emilys] sarcastic, nerdy individualismwith a hint of buried sweetnesswill make readers want to spend more time with her.” Publishers Weekly
“Theres no doubting the lighthearted but darkly hued creativity on display. Pure black gold.” ALA Booklist
“A highly enjoyable read that will appeal to both readers new to the series and Emily fans alike.” School Library Journal
With her trademark black hair, black eyes, and black attitude, 13-year-old Emily the Strange is a global fashion icon who makes her literary debut in this collectible volume featuring a quirky story and black-and-red graphics.
About the Author
Rob Reger has grown Emily the Strange
from an image on a few skateboards and T-shirts to an international fashion brand and publishing phenomenon. He lives in the Bay Area.
Rob Reger has grown Emily the Strange from an image on a few skateboards and T-shirts to an international fashion brand and publishing phenomenon. He lives in the Bay Area.
A former high school English teacher, Jessica Gruner owns a clothing boutique in San Francisco. She lives in the Bay Area.
Buzz Parker endlessly illustrates Emily the Strange comic books and books. He lives in Arcata, California.