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In this title, Emma's behavior gets worse! Now don't get me wrong. I don't think a book character has to be perfect in middle grade books, but Emma is not a good role model in the slightest kind of way. Her parents aren't either! Emma has some major lying/stealing problems, and once again, I just don't think she's learning her lesson. Too many things are hidden from the parents with the help of Annie, too. I know kids will hide things from their parents. Mine will! These characters just lie and...more
In this second installment in the series, Annie, the O’Fallons’ nanny is planning a trip home to Ireland to visit her sisters. Emma is afraid that her parents will like the substitute nanny better and fire Annie. This is a legitimate concern for precocious Emma as this is a pattern her parents tend to follow. Emma devises an outrageous plan to keep Annie from leaving. Meanwhile, Emma also runs into trouble when she “borrows” a soccer book from a classmate and it is eaten by Marmaduke, her pet fe...more
Apr 06, 2009 Melanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Seven children try to keep their nanny from going on a much-needed vacation for three weeks. Oh, the horror of animal-hating Mrs. Spot, the short-term nanny. And on top of all this, Emma has to figure out what to do about a "borrowed" book that gets eaten by a family pet!