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Big News! (Emma is on the Air #1)

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
WNBC reporter Ida Siegal makes her debut as a chapter book author with a hilarious look at one girl's journey into journalism, mystery-solving, and fame -- or at least two out of those three!

This is Emma Perez, and I'm ON THE AIR!

"Today at lunch, my friend Javier found a slimy worm in his hamburger. It was extra gross! Now everyone wants to know how the worm got in there.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Abby Johnson
Emma Perez has big dreams - she wants to be FAMOUS! And she knows that she's got what it takes to make it happen. When she sees an investigative reporter on the TV news, Emma knows that this is her ticket to fame. After all, that woman's famous and how hard can it be? But first Emma needs to break a story. It needs to be something that people are interested in and something important for people to know. Emma's big break comes on Pizza Day. When one of her schoolmates, Javier, finds a WORM in his ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Jul 19, 2015 Caryn Caldwell rated it really liked it
Emma, a Dominican American second-grader, is determined to be famous. When she sees a beautiful news reporter on TV, she knows just how to achieve her goal. Conveniently enough, she soon has an opportunity to begin her first investigation when another student finds a worm in his hamburger at lunch. Where did the worm come from? How did it end up in his burger? And whose fault is all this, anyway?

While this story has some unrealistic parts, it's still a whole lot of fun. The mystery should keep k
May 30, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Besides the fact that Emma's school is unlike any I'd ever heard of, it wasn't that bad. Emma wants to be a newscaster, and so she looks for a story at school. She finds one, when one of her classmates gets a "wormburger" for lunch. Emma knows it's up to her to find the truth.

The story is totally unrealistic. There were so many things that would never ever happen, that it would be impossible to detail them all. If you toss reality aside and look at it, as a silly story about a second grader, it
I was of two minds with this one. I found Emma really engaging and fun. She’s pretty girly and likes to think about clothes and being famous, but she also learns how to be an investigative reporter/detective. Of course she’s in second grade so it’s not hard hitting news. But the process is there and she’s willing to stick with it. Was she kind of silly? Yes, but I know a number of kids exactly like her.

The story itself, again not hard hitting news, but was a funny story kids will absolutely love
Ms. Yingling
May 03, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
I thought that I was on a great roll of multicultural books for younger middle grade readers. Since the demand for lower level materials has been growing, I was very excited about this, especially since the Race the Wild included so much science in such an interesting way. Maybe that's why I was so disappointed in this book.

Emma, whose father is from the Dominican Republic and whose mother is from New York City, wants to be famous. Famous people are happy and sing when they set the table for di
Teresa Scherping
Emma has always known that she wants to be famous, but she hasn't decided what she wants to be famous FOR. That is, until she sees a glamorous news reporter on TV, and a light blub goes off in her head. That's it! She'll be famous for reporting the news on TV! With the help of her papi, who is newspaper reporter, Emma goes in search of a true AND interesting story that she can report on. At first, Emma is stumped. But then Javier, a boy in her class, finds a worm in his hamburger at lunch! Ewww! ...more
William Bentrim
May 06, 2015 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Emma is on the Air by Ida Siegal

This book made more sense when I discovered that Ida Siegal is an on the air reporters for a New York TV station. Emma is a precocious eight year old girl going on fifteen. Her immediate passion is to become "Someone". Emma wants to be famous!

Emma decides that being a investigative reporter is her path to success. Her first problem is to find something on which to report. Once she discovers a wormburger, her journalistic instincts go into overdrive.

Emma is a like
Juliana Lee
Emma Perez wants to be famous. The news her father watches on TV is boring. Then she sees a famous news reporter on TV who look glamorous and decides she will be a famous news reporter too… but not like her dad who is a newspaper reporter. Her dad helps her learn the ropes. He gives her his old phone and microphone to record with and tells her to look for interesting news articles. The very next day, Emma finds a news story, her friend Javier finds a worm in his hamburger at school. Emma writes ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Steph rated it liked it
I really liked Emma's determination to be "on the air," but I didn't find this story to be overly realistic. Kids reading this would be in their teachers' faces asking to videotape things going on at school, wanting to report everything happening... and the school just seemed to offer quite a few things that the average school doesn't. I enjoyed the Spanish phrases thrown in, and the illustrations are totally adorable, but Emma's "bubbly personality" seemed a little more like her being a ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
This is a sweet chapter book for 2nd-3rd grade about a girl who decides she wants to be a reporter. She gets some great practice solving the mystery of a worm's appearance in her friend's burger at lunchtime - she does interviews with people and posts the video online, investigative-reporter-style. Good for young mystery fans who also yearn for a taste of fame. The smattering of (always defined) Spanish words was nice to see as well.
Mary Ann
Emma Perez dreams big and bold. She wants to be FAMOUS! When she sees an investigative reporter on the TV news, she knows that this is just the career for her. When Javier, finds a worm in his lunch at school the next day, Emma knows this is a story she’s got to investigate. Emma is definitely a likable character, with an upbeat attitude. This is a great series opener!
This easy chapter book with illustrations is a good introduction to investigating and reporting. Emma takes the reader through all the steps of discovering, investigating, and reporting a major news story.

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher.
Anna Taylor
Jul 12, 2015 Anna Taylor rated it liked it
Shelves: young-reader
Set in Washington Heights, NY (aka the BEST neighborhood), Emma is a bilingual 3rd grader with a flair for the dramatic. Join her on her newest hobby, news reporting, where she helps solve a cafeteria mystery.
Melissa Jones
Oct 03, 2015 Melissa Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: read-children-s
Actually 3 and a half stars. I am happy to see another series for beginning chapter book readers. Emma is a great character who many of our students will connect with.
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Oct 25, 2015 Catherine rated it it was ok
Bit annoying, but could be good for a beginning mystery.
TERRIBLE!!!!!!!! U can only read 1 page
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Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Emma wants to be famous . . . but how? By becoming a news reporter! This is her first scoop.
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