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Emily Out of Focus

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Twelve-year-old Emily is flying with her parents to China to adopt and bring home a new baby sister. She's excited but nervous to travel across the world and very aware that this trip will change her entire life. And the cracks are already starting to show the moment they reach the hotel--her parents are all about the new baby, and have no interest in exploring.

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Sky Pony
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Samantha (WLABB)
After twelve years as a family of three, Emily's family was preparing to become a family of four.

Emily was a 12-year-old with aspirations of winning a photo journalism competition and lots of worries about her trip to China to meet her new sister. Would she survive her first plane trip? Would she like the food? Would she like her sister? Would her sister like her? I had no need to worry though, because Emily and her family were able to work through all these issues and more during their journey.
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Erin Varley
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to hear what this book was about- a family traveling to China to adopt a new baby.

Twelve-year-old Emily and her family travel to China to adopt her new baby sister. There are a lot of things Emily is unsure of, but photography isn’t one of them. Plans of winning a photography competition swirl in Emily’s mind and when she meets her new sister Mei Lin, Emily realizes things are changing. Then, when Emily meets another big sister, Katherine, and gets roped into helping Katherine wi
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Rosie Rizk
This book felt very real. I think it covered a comprehensive emotional rollercoaster that a pre-teen could experience when her family adopts a new child.

Emily is a happy, upbeat, but typical pre-teen, which comes through very clearly in her narration. After many years of waiting, her parents finally get what they wished for - a chance to adopt a Chinese baby girl. Emily gets to travel to China with her parents to pick up the baby and to finalize the adoption. But it's not easy to go from being
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Darla
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily is getting a new baby sister! In this new middle grade selection we spend two weeks in China with Emily and her family as they go through the adoption process. Each chapter shows us Emily's diary and her recap of the previous day. As a 12-year-old who has been an only child, Emily has little firsthand knowledge of what it is like to have a baby in the family. She soon realizes that her plans for the activities on the trip will not become a reality. On top of that Emily is trying to complet ...more
Kristin Crouch
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for review to Collabookation.
Emily's family is on their way to China to meet, adopt, and take home her new baby sister. Emily has had years to get used to the idea, but now that it's a sure thing, she doesn't know how to feel.
When she arrives and meets other adoptive families, she finds an unlikely friend in Katherine, another sibling awaiting a sister. Turns out, both have hidden agendas for their trip to China.
Miriam Spitzer Franklin writes hones
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Katie Reilley
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing our #bookexpedition group with an ARC to read and review.

Twelve year old Emily wants to be a photojournalist, inspired by her recently passed Nana. She feels her family’s journey to China to adopt her long-awaited sister from an orphanage will provide the photos and the story she needs to enter a contest to win her a spot at a two week photojournalist camp in NYC.

Emily’s journal entries chronicle the adjustments she’s making on the journey, a
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Jaime
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! Emily adventurous spirit and kind heart captured my attention and held it all the way to the end. Seeing China through Emily's eyes was fascinating, and the descriptions really brought the story to life. Her determination and passion for photojournalism was exciting, but I also loved the way that she became more conscientious and empathetic as the book went on. She stepped outside of herself and became more aware of what life was like for others, particularly her new baby ...more
Hillary Homzie
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Told through the lens of 12-year-old Emily, an aspiring photojournalist, this story honestly relates the joy and struggle of a family as they pick up their long-awaited daughter, Mei Lin, from an orphanage in YiYang City in China. Readers will cheer Emily on as she transforms from a reluctant big sister and trepidatious traveler who is harboring a few secrets to a welcoming big sister. The book also explores what is means to be a friend, as well as the importance of reassessing core goals. This ...more
Scott Franklin
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miriam Spitzer Franklin creates authentic characters that invite you in to their lives to join them on their journeys. In this case the journey is a literal one across the world as twelve-yer-old Emily's family adopts a baby girl, Mei Lin, from China. Emily finds herself drawn into a secret journey with another girl her age who was herself adopted from China as a baby. As the story unfolds, Emily and her family learn many life lessons along the way. All middle graders will both enjoy and learn f ...more
Jaymie
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was an interesting adoption story. Made me think often of friends who adopted from China. Emily grew on me over time. I am a character-driven reader, so I would have liked this more if I had connected better with some of the characters. My favorites were the girls the two families were adopting. Lots to think about in this story especially things about family. My favorite passages were those where Emily really started to understand life for her sister in China.
Yolanda Ridge
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This book made me want to take the first plane to China to hang out with Emily and her family. The author does such a good job of bringing the setting - and the struggles - to life that you feel like you're there with them from the first page to the last. I will post a full review on my website soon.
K.C
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really, really good.
Mr. Salerno
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
An inside look at the adoption process that all kids can enjoy and adoptive families will appreciate.
Afoma Umesi
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for an ARC of this book.

When Emily’s parents travel to China to adopt her little sister, they learn about Chinese culture and trans-racial/continental adoption. Emily also meets Katherine, a girl her age who was adopted from China and is — unbeknownst to anyone but Emily — looking for her birth mother.

The entire book is a remarkable immersion into Chinese culture for anyone who’s never visited. I loved reading about the new food and city life Emily experiences. It’s also
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USOM
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Emily Out of Focus is a story about choices, loyalty, and taking on responsibility. Thrown onto a plane and visiting China, Emily's life goes from being an only child, to visiting a foreign and getting a new sister. Emily learns a lot not only about China and her sister's past, but also about herself and what she is capable of.

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