Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Emako Blue by Brenda Woods

I have read five Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominees in the last week and so far this is the one I think my students will like the best. It's short and simple, but has an emotional impact that will resonate with middle schoolers. The setting is a Los Angeles high school where the students come from a variety of neighborhoods—some safe and some not. Emako Blue is the name of a girl--she's beautiful and talented, and everyone knows she will get out of the ghetto where she lives and make it big someday. Tragically, Emako is killed, and this book tells her story from the perspective of her best friend Monterey, a guy named Jamal who tried to be her boyfriend, a girl named Savannah who never liked her, and a guy named Eddie who was her friend. It's a sad story, but it will capture the interest of readers who might also learn what life is like for innocent teens living in South Central Los Angeles. This is a good one for reluctant readers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Emako Blue is so sad! Espically at the end when she died, omg i almost cried! Wait i did cry! :(

"My friend Emako Blue,Was supposed to be a star."

Anonymous said...

this book is da' best!!!! i did it for a book repoet!!!

put God first!!! said...

omg this book is nastey it talks about doin' it befor u get married!!! but it is a good book!!!

Anonymous said...

emako blue was a very good book i loved it,it made me cry at the end because even though this was a book i didnt want her to die.it really made me cry when they started to say how they felt when i got to jamals and montereys last chapter of the book i couldnt help frome crying.i would recommend this to book to anybody.

Anonymous said...

I love this book Emako Blue, its so sad! But its a really good book, I like how the author put each chapter by a different persons point of view.I did this book for my summer reading and i put it was the best book I read, which it was.

Savnah KIng said...

This is the most greatest, saddest, ghetto-est book i've ever read......This book touched my heart...and i have some connects with her........now this is beautiful im in love with this book......they need to make more books like this.......

girlphat said...

omg i love emako blue it is so sad when she died i almost well i teared up at the fist second third and forth pages

Anonymous said...

emako blue is a sad story it should have a scond series i almost well i teared up on the 1,2,3and 4 pages

Anonymous said...

heyy emako blue wass the BEST book everr.. i screammedd at the book especiallyy whenn he brother had the nerve to run when she got shot.. that set me off.. well thats pretty muchh it

Anonymous said...

we still readin it........so dont spoit it for ppl