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Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love

(Emma Jean Lazarus #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Emma-Jean is experiencing something new and unsettling, but not entirely unpleasant. It?s a fluttering in her heart when she imagines herself asking Will to the seventh-grade dance. Her best friend Colleen is worried that Will might laugh if Emma-Jean invites him. After all, Emma-Jean is a different kind of girl?certainly different from queen-bee Laura, who has always made it clear ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Dial Books (first published May 12th 2009)
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Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kicked off my 48 Hour Book Challenge. Both Emma-Jean books are cozy little meditations on what it takes to be a good friend, how to build your self-confidence, and how to pay attention to the world around you. I really like that Emma-Jean could be read as a person on the autism spectrum, or she could just be a girl with a different kind of mind, but Tarshis doesn’t force a diagnosis on the character and make the book A. Very Important Book. About Autism.

The books are full of moments
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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 imm ...more
Jun 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-childhood
I picked this up because I enjoyed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Like its predecessor this was a slim book and a pleasant read. They are tales of 7th grade life told from the point of view of Emma-Jean who clearly has some sort of high functioning form of autism, although this is never specifically mentioned. The books are very deadpan takes on her literal, scientific interest in her classmates whose behavior frequently baffles Emma-Jean, but seldom troubles her. The sequel is not quite ...more
It's spring time and love is in the air. In this sequel to Emma-Jean Fell Out of a Tree, the 7th grade students at William Gladstone Middle School are getting ready for the girls-choice dance known as the Spring Fling. Colleen is sure no one would want to go with her, when she finds a mysterious note in her locker suggesting a secret admirer. She puts her friend Emma-Jean on the job of discovering the admirer so she can ask him to the dance. Emma-Jean has other worries, as experiences her first case ...more
Avery Davis
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book about a girl name Emma Jeans and she was with her friend. And they where all talking about the spring dance and who they where all going with . And they all had a idea who they where going to ask out. Emma had a crush on Will but everyone thought that they would nevr be together .So one day Emma friend Colleen found a note in her locker and whated to know who it was from. So Colleen whated Emma to find who boy did this Colleen best friend Kaitlin put that note in the locker .After tha ...more
Feb 19, 2014 added it
Shelves: 40-book-club
Something is happening to Emma Jean Lazarus. It is a new feeling. Could it be that she is in love? Emma Jean is the smartest girl in her grade and is thinking that she has a crush on Will. Emma Jean doesn't really know what a crush is though. So she asks her mom. She told her that a crush is someone who you think of as a really good friend. The school has a prom coming up and Emma wants to ask Will but is scared he will laugh at her. Emma Jean's best friend,Colleen, wants to help her. When Emma ...more
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
New problems are cropping up for Emma Jean Lazarus. Her friend Colleen wants her to find out who Colleen's secret admirer is. Her brother's boyfriend, Vikram, might move across the country. And Emma Jean experiences these unusual fluttering feelings in her heart and stomach whenever she thinks about or sees Will Keeler. She will have to approach these problems as rationally and calmly as possible. And she may have to go to the Spring Fling, too.

Tarshis's tale of the world's drollest
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love is about a girl who is quite different from her fellow classmates. Especially Will Keeler the boy she plans to ask to the schools Saint Patrick's Day dance. Colleen, Emma Jean's closest friend is worried Will will reject Emma so she tries to distract her from ever asking him. I like this book but I think that the first book was better. I also didn't really like the ending to this book at all it was just kind of weird.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this and the first Emma-Jean book. Perfect to recommend to middle-school girls--the friendships are described exactly right, and I love how their problems are solved (or not) and there's the usual adolescent drama, but not the angst of some middle school fiction. Funny and charming. And I love that Emma-Jean! A girl with Asperger's Syndrome who manages to be perfectly content with herself and even make friends.
I just love Emma-Jean. I think these are great books for middle school girls because they go to show how petty and insignificant most of the things people worry about in middle school really are, and that the most important thing is to come into your own and learn who you are as a person. This is an especially good for any boy crazy middle schoolers (aren't they all).
Kellie Cruz
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sofia and I really enjoyed this second book by Lauren Tarshis. There were some unexpected twists which threw Sofia and gave her a couple "Wow" moments! We hope Ms. Tarshis is or planning to write a third.
Jolyn F
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love
Lauren Tarshis

It is spring time, and love is in the air at William Gladstone Middle School. In this sequel to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell out of a Tree, the spring fling (a dance at their school) is just around the corner and students are beginning to ask others to go to the dance with them. Colleen, Emma-Jeans new friend, is positive that no one will ever ask her to the dance. But when she receives a note asking to go to the da
Tarshis, Lauren. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. E-book, Dial Books for Young Reads, Penguin Readers Group, 2009.

In this book, Tarshis writes from multiple perspectives to weave together a story about young love and its joys and despairs. Told in alternating views from the viewpoints of Emma-Jean, a highly intelligent but socially-awkward girl who does not always understand the behaviors and emotions of her classmates and is even more confused by the strange new feelings she is experiences, and Coll
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
This is a cute book that follows up Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Emma Jean thinks differently than the rest of the 7th graders in her school- she is observant and often takes things quite literally. It is important to see how welcoming of her the kids are of Emma Jean and how much her heart swirls at the thought of having friends :-)
Sarah Switek
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable!
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was fun to see what happened next!
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
My LJ write-up.

I'm actually writing up one book behind, but I needed to start something I liked before falling asleep last night, and didn't start blogging The Prince of Mist until after I'd finished this, and then didn't feel quite mentally flexible enough to switch immediately from cranky reader to charmed reader.

Now I'm not quite flexible - or energetic - enough to say why it charmed me, though I'll have a shot. Emma-Jean, who's in seventh grade (1st Year in Irish terms, if that's
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Lauren Tarshis' book Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love is a book about a young girl named Emma Jean. Emma Jean is in the 7th grade at William Gladstone Middle School. In this book, Emma Jean has been bitten by the love bug and is head over heels with a boy in her class, Will Keeler. She wants to invite him to the 7th grade dance, but all of her friends tell her no. She isn't sure what to do, and then her friend Colleen finds a note from a boy who likes her in her locker, but the boy doesn't say who ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love Emma-Jean Lazarus! These books made me laugh out loud and absolutely fall in love with Emma-Jean. Even though she is socially distant from her peers, her character manages to leap off the page to tug on the reader's heartstrings. The social problems of Tarshis's novels are the small, average, every day tragedies of junior high. Who is popular, why are they popular, what boys like what girls, do I have egg salad breath?!

Emma-Jean's story is especially interesting because she sh
Macey Blair Malone
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in love is an excellent book for girls who likes stories based on 2 different points of view. Emma Jean is a girl who believes that she is unique and is proud of it, she has also made a promise to herself that she would not care what others think and feel of her. However Collen, a girl who believes that what people think of you is the most importent thing to becoming sucessful, is struggling when Laura Gilroy, an overly popular girl who cares about no one but herself. But ...more
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
In her logical voice, Emma Jean is back in a second book. Her methodical ways, and her tendency to view her classmates as anthropological cases worthy of study, lends a unique voice to this character. She finds comfort in her parakeet, Henri, and in her warm family environment. Although her father is much missed since his death, her mother and Vikram, the student who rents a room and cooks amazing things with curry, are a steady presence in her life. This time around, Emma Jean learns that love ...more
Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Emma Jean Lazarus was a fun character. She talks as if she is more mature and knows all abour the male species. Spring Fever has hit her school and talk of the Spring Dance is everywhere. Emma and her friends plan a sleepover instead of going to the dance. Then one day at lunch they one of the girls announces they have asked a boy to the dance. Suddenly the others decide they will ask one. Colleen doesn't have a boy to ask. Later Colleen finds a mysterious letter in her locker telling her how sp ...more
Bobby Simic
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I adored the first book and wanted to love this one just as much, but was ultimately letdown. Emma-Jean and Colleen are still great characters and are terrific counterparts to each other -- one's cerebral, the other's all heart, respectively. I especially liked Colleen's arc, where having someone like you, even if you don't know the identity of your admirer, gives you a boost in confidence.

But in the end, it just never came together. It started off well and had a lot of potential in having Emma
Aug 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school, juv
An enjoyable but not particularly memorable sequel to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. As with the first book, I enjoyed the contrast between how Emma-Jean views her 7th grade peers, almost like a researcher in the jungle, and how Colleen sees them through a more emotional lens. The book is short and funny, and I think many kids will either sympathize with Emma-Jean (I would have) or find her perspective entertaining. Although the characters are 7th graders, I think this would appeal to slightly ...more
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the first Emma Jean book!
I enjoy the Emma Jean books. They are funny, light-hearted, and I feel like the author ALMOST takes a satirical look at being in middle school, which makes me laugh - and I don't think a middle school kid would catch on. This was a quick read and I did have a nice time reading it. I had one issue with it though - without ruining anything... over the course of the book, Colleen becomes more self-confident and she does her own thing. Instead of attributing it to, you know, growing a pair and what ...more
Abby Johnson
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Emma-Jean Lazarus is back and everyone's got spring fever. The Spring Fling is coming up and all her new friends seem to be able to think about is who to ask to the dance. When a mysterious note is placed in Colleen's locker, Emma-Jean is tasked with figuring out which boy wrote it. Emma-Jean prides herself on her logic, which is why she's so surprised to discover that she's got spring fever, too!

I really enjoyed this sequel to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Emma-Jean is an interes
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
A rare sequel that is better than the original, this book is as much about Emma-Jean as it is about her classmate Colleen. Love is in the air at William Gladstone Middle School, and Emma-Jean is facing the reality of her first crush. I’ve decided part of what I like about Emma-Jean and Co. is that, compared to most books meant for tweens and teens, they are more reminiscent of what I remember of junior high: there’s giggling and dramatics but it’s tempered with kindness and those early, falterin ...more
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Tarshis has written a spectacular book. Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love is filled with excitement, mysteries, and true love. This book is like high school musical but without the singing and in middle school. Even though this book is based on middle schoolers nothing is impossible. As Emma-Jean is solving mysteries, Colleen (one of Emma-Jeans friends) gets her courage to ask her secrete admirer to go to the spring fling, but there’s only one problem . . . who is the unown boy who likes Col ...more
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
I didn't fall head-over-heels for this book like I did for Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. I still love Emma Jean's endearing, quirky character, and Colleen's honesty. But this book was a little more pat, a little less moving, and filled with a lot of unnecessary recap. It still had some lovely surprises, and I will definitely keep my eye out for whatever Lauren Tarshis is working on next.
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
A delightful sequel, this book continues the story of Emma-Jean and her seventh grade adventures. The school is a buzz with news of the upcoming Spring Fling dance and soon Emma-Jean and her friends are caught up in spring fever. First crushes and secret love notes lead both Colleen and Emma-Jean to discover important lessons in self-confidence and love. However, unlike other books about middle-school romance, friendship and finding inner strength prove more important than ending up with Mr. Rig ...more
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