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Emako Blue

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  587 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Having enchanted readers with her award-winning first novel The Red Rose Box, Brenda Woods now presents the gritty story of the beautiful and ill-fated Emako Blue, who was destined to be a star. From the moment she stands up in chorus auditions and her heavenly voice fills the room, Emako Blue profoundly affects anyone who meets her. But even as Emako draws together new fr ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published by Putnam Juvenile (first published December 29th 2005)
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Victoria Aldea
Jun 10, 2009 Victoria Aldea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 12, 2009 Jazmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emako Blue had “it.” She was the prettiest and coolest girl at school. She was an amazing singer, already offered a record deal. She was a best friend to Monterey who was budding a relationship with Eddie with whom Emako shared the burden of having an older brother in prison. Emako herself was falling for Jamal as she was the only girl he ever truly cared about, the one who saw the good guy he really was. The only one who seemed not like her was Savannah, green with envy and in belief that she ...more
Nadia Hall
Sep 14, 2010 Nadia Hall rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 6th-8th Grade
Recommended to Nadia by: My school libarian
Emako Blue is a very, very good book... if you like drama books with a little humor then Emako Blue is the book for you! Beleive me you won't want to put this book down for not even one second!


The book is about a fifteen year old girl named Emako Blue and her friends named Monterey, Eddie, and Jamal. Emako Blue was known for her beautiful voice, loving-caring heart, dreaming mind to become a superstar one day, and "A nice body to match" as the bo
Zenobia Hipps
Sep 23, 2010 Zenobia Hipps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-to-read
Emako Blue by Brenda Woods
Brenda Woods has had some wonder novels that she has written in the past, but I got to say that Emako Blue was the best out of all of them. Woods is always talking about teenage issues and situations that any other teenage would go though. She talks drama, relationships and high school in the story. In Emako Blue, I found that the characters in the story were more interesting than the drama of the story.
Emako Blue is about a girl named Emako Blue who had hopes and dr
Sep 23, 2010 Kiersten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school students/young adults
Recommended to Kiersten by: Shamira
Emako shows young teenage girls that no matter what you go through or even where you live has nothing to do with your future in this awesome book titled Emako Blue by Brenda Woods. Emako Blue is realistic fiction, and is very indeed realistic.
Emako Blue is about a beautiful, young, good-hearted girl named Emako. She lived in South Central Los Angeles, the bad side. In this story, Jamal, Eddie, and Monterey become Emako's closest friends, leaving Savannah as the rival. All of these teenagers h
Xiao Wen
Nov 14, 2012 Xiao Wen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade
I like this book that it is written in different point of views through the journal formats, it gives the readers a more comprehensive idea about the book. One theme that I get from this book is accident can happen anytime, so please enjoy and treasure the moments we still have each other. In the book, there is a very bright future for Emako, and she has a very good life in the present, but one accident has took her life away, and her wonderful future is gone forever. This tells us that if we ca ...more
Rickaela Randle
Sep 24, 2015 Rickaela Randle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book and it makes you feel like you really know the characters and make good connections with them. You can also relate this book to the society today.
Aaron J
Jan 22, 2014 Aaron J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book pictures a young girl named Emako Blue, in which the author, Brenda Woods, writes about events that lead up to Emako's death through the eyes of her and her friends. This was some what of a different style that I have never really expierenced however I really enjoyed. Since you heard the story through different people it was easy to follow what was going on. I liked this since in some books they can become complex and hard to follow. Although it covers some mature topics, the book was ...more
Amanda Enman
Jul 22, 2015 Amanda Enman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-13
This story starts our at Emako's funeral. Emako's friends tell their stories about how they met Emako and how they became 'tight' with her. They are making their way through school and choir. Then Emako's brother comes home and some gang members came and there was a shooting and they shot Emako. The book then goes through what her friends felt.
This book showed the meaning of friendship, and talked a little about high school. I liked the connection through all of the friends. I also liked how it
Nov 11, 2015 Larsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. It was an easy read and really made me appreciate the people in my life. It makes you understand that life is way to short to take people for granted. I first read this book in middle school and I've probably read it over 50 times. It would be great in the classroom as a tool to teach about death and how to love the people in your life while they are alive. I would only teach these to upper grade levels due to the content of the text. Some of the topic may be inappropriate to lower g ...more
Evan Taylor
This was an excellent novel. I just got finished reading through this novel with my class this previous week and many of the students grew close to the characters and felt as if they knew the characters in real life! All students were engaged in listening and reading the story, even the struggling readers within my classroom. I would definitely recommend this novel to students, teachers and any one working with youth and trying to create a love of reading a a a space for tough, but necessary, co ...more
Christine Kloss
May 14, 2009 Christine Kloss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessica-s-class
Quick Pick

This is a story about a talented up and coming singer named Emako Blue. This book highlights the interactions of Emako Blue from her classmates, Monterey, Jamal, Eddie, and Savannah. Emako played an important role in all of their lives. She was a person with a good heart, amazing boice and a body to match. She was sought out by record producers and appeared to be destined for greatness.

Unfortunately, the streets of Los Angeles changed all of that. Her brother has been a trouble maker,
Richie Partington
03 September 2004 EMAKO BLUE by Brenda Woods, Putnam, July 2004, ISBN: 0-399-24006-3

" 'A sweet innocent life has been taken before her time!' the preacher shouted.
" 'Have mercy!' a woman in the front screamed.
" 'Amen!' a man yelled from the back of the church."

"To live and die in LA
It's the place to be
You've got to be there to know it
Where everybody wanna see." --"To Live and Die in LA" by Tupac Shakur...who was murdered before the song was released.

Why do such disproportionate numbers of young
Sep 14, 2010 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brenda Woods did a mighty work on the novel Emako Blue. She focuses on a family raised in a nonsafe position. In this book the quote "My friend was supposed to be a superstar" drew me in.
Emako Blue is about five characters who were very close friends. Their names are Emako,Monterey,Eddie,and Jamal.Savannah is a rival to Emako. Monterey and Emako had plans to become famous singers. Eddie wants to go to college and become very educated.Jamal, and Savannah wants to finish high school and move on
The book I read is Emako Blue and was written by Brenda Woods. I was about a young girl named Emako who died at a young age. She was a nice and warm hearted person and could have been something in life. Ekamo had a bestfriend named Monterey. Emako had a crush named Jamal and he loved her with a passion, and she was the only one that saw through his player act. She understood the burden of a boy named Eddie's family like the back of a book. She had an amazing voice and was probaly the best singer ...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
WoooooWwwwwww. This book was so sad. As soon as I picked up, I knew it might be one of the first books I ever cried over. On the back of the book it says something like: "my friend, Emako Blue was suppose to be a star". That almost got me right there. And actually reading it didn't help anything either. The book starts off with Emako's funeral I think. Her friend Monterrey, Jamal and Savannah all attend. Then the book flashes back by using alternating POV(points of view). Normally, I find books ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Lesly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emako Blue is about this girl who transferred to this school. She was a new student and joined the choir, where she met friends. Everyone thought she had a great voice and is well talented. Then one day her came brother came and this car drove by and made a u-turn and fired a gun. Her close friend was there inside her house also her mom and siblings, when they herd a gun shot. They came out and saw it was Emako who was shot. She died on the spot. She had so much things ahead of her, her singing ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book is interesting is a about a girl name Emako blue.Emako blue wanted to be a star she had an amazing voice but all of that finished when she got kill.The most interesting characters were Monterey and Jamal.Monterey was interesting because she was Emako blue best friend and they share a lot of good things they were always together.Jamal was interesting because he love Emako and Emako was the only girl that he ever love.My favorite part or the book was how all the characters talk about how ...more
Claire Cousineau
This book is wonderful... I want to laugh, cry, and smile all at the same time. It's a must read, I read it in one night. Fast, teaches great lessons. Follow your dreams...
Jan 02, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for girls who want to be singers and friends. Emaka was a star until her brother comes home from Juvie and then things change. Quick Read, lots of girl drama.
Apr 22, 2014 Nijmah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is crazy the but it's good. Because you don't expect the way she died like we know she gets shot but the way it happens it was no supposed to happen like that
Carrie Felton
Mar 02, 2014 Carrie Felton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fantastic story! A fast read but very worth the time. Seems to really examine different walks of life and how a single life can effect so many others.
Nathalie Pena
Aug 02, 2010 Nathalie Pena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Nathalie by: MS.batke
When I finished reading the book it made me feel bad that Emako Blue died because she had so much going for her because she was such a great singer and she would have been rich and famous just like everyone including her thought she would be.She has gone through problems in her life but that didn't stop her from being the best singer in her school. I also felt bad because everyone seemed to like her and look up to her which led to so many people going to her funeral and saying their last good by ...more
Jordan Young
Mar 01, 2016 Jordan Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! It's seems very realistic and i can relate or compare a lot of what it reminds me of.
Steven Howell
May 25, 2015 Steven Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 01, 2014 Ashlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while back i found it to be really good but also sad it deserves more like a 8 out of 10.
Sep 23, 2010 Ja'lesia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Emako Blue by Brenda Woods. Emako turned heads and changed personalities when she walked into the chorus room. She gave Monterey a friend, Savannah and Gina a challenge, Eddie someone to relate to and Jamal someone to actually have feelings for.
Emako was 16 and a very head strong young lady. Although she lived in the ghetto she tried to make something of herself with her beautiful voice. But, the dream tragically came to an end when she was shot. She was shot due to gang violence. The tragedy
Aug 28, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christopher by: Ms. Sabitini
Such a heartbreaking tale, and my favorite historical fiction book of all time
Oct 26, 2015 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read. Very relatable to many things going on in students' lives
Mar 31, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book when it came and it is still being read by my students in HS
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