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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree

By Kate James, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Outcast finds her niche in smart, funny read.

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age 9+

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age 9+

"Unique" By someone age 10

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell out of a Tree is an great book based on two girls who experience an event beggining in the girls bathroom. The two girls find themselves twisted in a problem that only Emma-Jean could have the solution too, but even Emma-Jean is having trouble solving this one. Interfering with her fellow pupils is not Emma-Jean's speciallty. Will Emma-Jean be able to solve the problem and most of all, will she ever experience the thrill of a positive result again? Readers ages 9-11 will enjoy this warming story about two girls discovering they're place in the world.

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If only we could all have a friend like Emma-Jean Lazarus. Or at least be like Emma-Jean, whom fellow student Colleen Pomerantz thinks of enviously as "Super Not-Care Girl." Emma-Jean doesn't care what the other kids think of her, and it's a good thing too, because everyone thinks she's really strange. When her mom suggests they look up "strange" in the dictionary, they find an apt definition of Emma-Jean: "extraordinary, remarkable, singular." All words, incidentally, that describe Lauren Tarshis' new book.

Tarshis omits the hackneyed formula of the junior high melodrama where boys, crushes, and notes read aloud in class rule the day. Instead she addresses real problems kids face at school: friends who tend to bully or teachers who seem to have it "in" for you. Better still, the style of writing reflect's Emma-Jean's train of thought which is intelligent, logical, and humorous; the book is fun without ever feeling frivolous.

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