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Emako Blue

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  478 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Emako Blue was supposed to be a star. She was beautiful and good-hearted. She was Monterey's best friend. She was the only girl Jamal cared about, the one who saw through his player act. She was the one who understood the burden of Eddie's family. She was the best singer anyone had ever heard, with a voice like vanilla incense, smoky and sweet. She was Savannah's rival, th ...more
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Published December 29th 2005 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Victoria Aldea
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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Aaron J
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.

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
LOVED this book when it came and it is still being read by my students in HS
Lauren  Librarian
Tight, short story with no frills. Pretty straightforward, well-written story about a girl from a bad part of town and how she dies before her time. The story is told from multiple narrator's perspectives in the first person. Her best friend, the guy that likes her, and the girl who is jealous of her all describe the events that lead up to her untimely death. The book is incredibly short which makes a perfect choice for a student who has a book report due and doesn't have time to read. It won a ...more
Shahada Vines
One of the best books I've ever read in my life!
Carrie Dalby
Lovely story, great unfolding.
This book is a really good book that you would want to read. It is about a girl named Emako Blue. She is one of the girls you would want to be friends with. She is caring, loving, and fun to be around. She is very pretty and has an amazing voice. But when her brother comes back everything comes crashing down in her hands...

I like this book because it had a really good ending. It was also sad but it was very appealing. I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes Bluford High.
Oct 26, 2008 Sean rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emotional readers
Recommended to Sean by: Libarian
Shelves: book-club
Emako blue was girl who had died at only the age of fifteen. And her friend Montery goes to the funeral and watches the mom cry over her young daughters coffin. Montery is Emako's best friend. And Emako is asked to speak by the mother to tell the story of her young daughters life, " and so it begins". The book is about the life Emako lived before she was killed. Read this book to find out what happened.
Recently finished When The Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright. Like WBGS, this uses music as a unifying thread. This is better suited for late elementary/middle school. Great treatment of loss, gang violence, differeing social/economic classes. Diverse group of character. Page-turner. Read in a matter of hours. Couldn't put it down. Sad and compelling. Great story about loss, hope and aspirations.
Naa Adoley
A very brief yet touching book. So inspirational.
So lovable.
Told from a variety of points-of-view, all of them friends of a girl who has died, and reminding us that while some African-Americans live in an inner-city environment and have to deal with drive-by shootings, others don’t. It’s beautifully written and relatively short, but unfortunately gets overlooked because it’s not as soap-opera-y as the Drama High series.
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