Synopses & Reviews
Emma-Jean is experiencing something new and unsettling, but not entirely unpleasant. It?s a fluttering in her heart when she imagines herself asking Will to the seventh-grade dance. Her best friend Colleen is worried that Will might laugh if Emma-Jean invites him. After all, Emma-Jean is a different
kind of girl?certainly different from queen-bee Laura, who has always made it clear that Will is hers
. Maybe Colleen can distract Emma- Jean from this risky plan by recruiting her for a top-secret investigation. You see, Colleen has an anonymous admirer, and if Emma-Jean can help her figure out who he is, then Colleen
could ask him
to the dance. Even more endearing and genuine than its predecessor, this companion to the award-winning Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
steals your heart and inspires a smile that lasts as long as the novel itself. . . and longer.
"Tarshis proves she 'gets' adolescent female friendships (not to mention seventh grade) in this funny and empathetic follow-up to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. For the first time, the intensely analytical Emma-Jean has friends among her peers (as she refers to them) and, like them, she is preoccupied with the girl-invite Spring Fling. Emma-Jean considers asking basketball star Will, though they have little in common he's been kind to her and causes a 'fluttering of her heart.' But she ends up sorting out the dance-related woes of fragile Colleen (whose point of view is explored in certain chapters). Fans of the first book will be pleased that the deadpan narration ('as a single cell can reveal the DNA code of an entire organism, the look in Kaitlin's eyes told Emma-Jean everything she needed to know') and Emma-Jean's observations are as amusing as ever. ('Adolescent males engage in conspicuous displays to attract the attention of females,' is her explanation of cafeteria boisterousness.) Her blossoming appreciation for emotions that logic can't explain, sympathetic supporting characters and an uplifting finale will warm hearts. Ages 10 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Tarshis proves she ægetsæ adolescent female friendships (not to mention seventh grade) in this funny and empathetic follow-up to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree.ö ùPublishers Weekly
, starred review
From a debut author comes a heart-warming novel about a unique girl and her seventhgrade experiences.
Emma-Jean Lazarus is the smartest and strangest girl at William Gladstone Middle School. Her classmates donat understand her, but thatas okay because Emma-Jean doesnat quite get them either. But one afternoon, all that changes when she sees Colleen Pomerantz crying in the girlas room. It is through Colleen that Emma-Jean gets a glimpse into what it is really like to be a seventh grader. And what she finds will send her tumbling out of a tree and questioning why she ever got involved in the first place.
The unforgettable Emma-Jean from the award-winning "Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree" is back and experiencing something new and unsettling, but not entirely unpleasant. It's a fluttering in her heart for Will.
The endearing, if not quirky, Emma-Jean Lazarus is back in the companion to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. When Emma-Jean thinks about asking Will Keeler to the Spring Fling dance, she gets a fluttering feeling in her heart. What would someone like Will say to someone like Emma-Jean? After all, Emma-Jean is a little?different. Meanwhile, Emma- Jean?s best friend, Colleen, has a secret admirer. With the Spring Fling just days away, she asks Emma-Jean to figure out who he is so maybe then Colleen could ask him to the dance. It?s a perfect plan. But what Emma-Jean discovers could have consequences for everyone?.
About the Author
Lauren Tarshis lives in Westport, Connecticut.