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Emma Dilemma and the Soccer Nanny by Patricia Hermes
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** spoiler alert ** I purchased this book because it was an easy chapter book (Lexile 490) about girls and sports. But although a close soccer game plays a part in this book, it is more about Emma and her relationship with her siblings (all four)and her parents than her relationship with Nanny Annie O'Reilly. Emma is manipulative, pouty, and sometimes even delusional, and she is determined to have Annie be the chaperone on a field trip to Washington D.C. instead of her mother, who Emma is convinced does not trust her; and she is obsessed with excelling over her rival for the left wing position to the point. However, she is a good soccer player, and she finally lets the coach's admonition to the team (maybe especially Emma?) to practice teamwork overcome her desire to be the star player--especially where rival Katie is concerned. A funny sub-plot about a strike involving her and her sisters and brothers turns out both better and worse than Emma expected when she organized it.
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