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So Totally Emily Ebers

By Lisa Yee

Emily Ebers on cross-country travel:
How did the pioneers do it? Did they have to ride with their mothers?

Emily Ebers on divorce:
Alice has a bunch of books about divorce and how it affects kids. It affects kids in a bad way, okay? Does she really need a book to figure that out?

Emily Ebers on friends:
I guess good can come out of volleyball.

Emily Ebers on romance:
I think the only real way to tell if a boy like-likes you is to be direct. Even though it might be scary, the thing to do is just march right up and ask one of your friends to ask someone else to ask one of his friends what he thinks about you.

Journeys. Parents. Friends. Love. Beginnings. Changes. Lies. The truth. Funny. Angry. Smart. Sweet.


Reviews and Awards

CCBC Choices 2008

Scholastic “It’s Emily Ebers’s turn to tell about the summer she meets Millicent Min and Stanford Wong, each of whom has charmed readers in earlier books. Emily, who is effervescent and enthusiastic, has her own story to tell. She’s just moved to Rancho Rosetta, CA, from New Jersey after her parents’ divorce. She directs a lot of anger and unhappiness against her mom, who is also reeling from the change. She writes down her thoughts and feelings in a journal for her dad, who is on the road with a revival tour of his old rock band and has sent the 12-year-old a credit card for her birthday. Emily befriends Millicent at a girls’ summer volleyball league where they’re the worst players. The rapport between the girls is delightful, as Millie shares her idiosyncratic take on her hometown. Emily meets Stanford and assumes that he is tutoring Millie. When she finds out that her new friends have misled her about the situation, her disappointment is palpable. As in Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (2005, both Scholastic), family is vitally important. In the end, Emily patches things up with her mom and realizes that some changes can be good, even though they may not work out as expected. It’s a good message for preteens, as is Emily’s insistence on treating others with kindness. Although this book stands on its own, kids will get more pleasure if they read the other two first. With a baby sister on the way for Millicent Min, dare we hope for another sequel?” - School Library Journal

“There aren’t many authors who can bring energy to the same basic story three times running, but Yee manages to do it in this companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (2005). Now, the ruse unfolds from the viewpoint of Millicent’s new friend (and Stanford’s crush) Emily, a blithe spirit prone to blind spots - whether in her dealings with Millie (whose weirdly tidy bedroom prompts praise for having “totally nailed that stark look”) or in her relationship with her father, whom she adores despite his inattentiveness following her parents’ divorce. The format proves less successful than Emily’s faithfully evoked voice; the daily entries (a continuing letter to her incommunicado dad) record details and dialogue too precisely to ring true. But fans of the first two books will enjoy seeing how this telling expands its predecessors’ take on the same events, and most readers will find something to appreciate in Emily’s particular story, which tempers painful truths about divorce’s repercussions with middle-grade romance and humor.” Booklist

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Spring 2007
Middle Grade Novel
ISBN: 0-439-83847-9
Price: $16.99/$22.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 288
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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