Friday, May 30, 2008
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean Lazarus is a bit of an oddball. She's a very logical seventh grade girl who just doesn't understand all the other seventh graders around her. They seem messy and illogical and she's pretty content to live in her own world. But when the opportunity arises to help out a classmate, Emma-Jean forges a letter that helps out one classmate and humiliates another. This act brings her little by little into the lives of her classmates and she begins to interact and understand them a little more. She's a pretty charming character, and there are definitely kids like her in middle schools everywhere. Recommended for girls who like stories about school and friendships and offbeat characters.