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Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
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Apr 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens-books
Read in April, 2009

If you were as charmed by the first Emma-Jean Lazarus book as I was, then you want to make sure to pick up this second novel. Remembering what went wrong when she tried to help Colleen before, Emma-Jean is amazed when Colleen comes to her and asks for help again. Emma-Jean now has a little group of friends in her 7th-grade class but she is much more comfortable observing them from afar than being in their midst. When shown the unsigned love note that Colleen found in her locker, Emma-Jean is immediately drawn into solving the mystery. But Emma-Jean is distracted by this strange fluttery feeling whenever Will Keeler walks by. What could be wrong with her? And will she be able to concentrate long enough to figure out this puzzle?

I adore Emma-Jean. She is quirky, wildly intelligent, and entirely herself. Even better, she doesn’t really understand or care that others find her odd. She does know that she isn’t like the other girls who smell of daisies and bubble gum. But at the same time, she is not filled with a yearning to be anything but true to herself. Very refreshing in a heroine this age!

Tarshis’ writing is filled with sensory touches. We know what things smell like, sound like, feel like. This draws readers deeper into the story and offers surprising insight into characters and situations. The writing is deft, interesting and never dull.

An ideal novel for those who enjoyed the first, this book is strong enough to stand on its own. Tweens ages 10-13 will enjoy both novels and both are ideal for classroom readalouds and ripe with things to discuss.
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