Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger


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1. A mad ...

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Emily is . . .

1. A mad scientist

2. A cat lover

3. A mural painter

4. A golem builder

5. A virtuo-spastic guitarist

6. A wicked skater

7. A wily troublemaker

8. A poltergeist tamer

9. A mystery solver

10. A master prankster

11. An eXtreme procrastinator

12. A happy loner

13. A unique individual

. . . and now there are two of her.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“The book dresses up teen-identity issues in midnight-black humor and piles on so much persistent weirdness that oddball outsiders, goths in training, and other subversive types will find themselves positively smirking with glee.”—
VOYA - Shari Fesko
This second installment in the adventures of popular character Emily the Strange finds Emily moving once again, this time to the town of Silifordville where, of course, she will wreak her usual havoc. The bulk of the plot involves a duplicating machine that creates a second Emily. At first, this seems like a dream come true for anti-social Emily, who finally enjoys the company of a peer. But soon things begin to unwind, and it is up to her to sort the real Emily from the "fake." Like the first book, the story is told in a series of journal entries, complete with humorous black and white illustrations which are the most entertaining part of the story. The plot meanders all over the place, throwing one twist after another at the reader, and takes too long to really get going. Readers will also have a hard time keeping track of the never ending list of "kooky" characters Emily meets throughout her adventure. Though there are many characters, none of them, including Emily, ever come to life on the page. This is a purchase only for libraries that have a large fan base for Emily the Strange. Reviewer: Shari Fesko
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Life would be much easier if Emily had just programmed her golem, Raven, to interpret broad directions, such as "Pack up my room, because Mom and I are moving for the hundredth time." Then again, maybe initiative is asking too much for a construct built from an avian brain and assorted robot parts. Either way, Emily is going to miss Blandindulle, if for no other reason than she never got to pull a suitable Master Prank on its residents. She does not intend to repeat that mistake in Silifordville, which is why she and Raven have been hard at work perfecting her duplicator machine. The machine seems only able to copy inanimate objects, until a dose of liquid black rock and a computer mix-up prove that it also works on living things, Emily in particular. At first, an "Other Me" seems like the best idea ever. But is the world really big enough for two thirteen-year-old geniuses? Reger and Gruner's "Emily" is part Goth skateboard princess, part evil genius, and (very small) part thirteen-year-old who worries about her mother. The story is written in the first-person perspective through Emily's diary, a style that makes for fascinating plot twists but which also does not allow the author to take many chapter breaks. "Emily" will appeal most to more advanced readers who can relate to her "Matilda"-like brainpower and understand the basics of her frequent experiments. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Emily the Strange, evil genius and skateboarder extraordinaire, has invented many things in her time—golems, working cat translators, great names for bands. But the duplication device may have been a mistake, especially when an accident produces an identical Emily. At first OtherMe is cool and useful, but it quickly becomes apparent that she is evil and will take over the world if not stopped. Emily's second journal, a sequel to The Lost Days (HarperCollins, 2009), is a dark delight, filled with all kinds of Strangeness: a broken leg, a Strange Manifesto that causes the entire town to go loony, an ex-spymaster neighbor, and an oddly understanding and absurdly patient mother, all described with demented wit and great relish, and accompanied by manga-style black-and-white cartoons. Does it all make sense? No, not really. Does it matter? Not at all. Fans of the first book and newcomers alike will thoroughly enjoy the zaniness and clamor for more.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061452321
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Emily the Strange Series
  • Pages: 263
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Reger has grown Emily the Strange from an image on a few skateboards and T-shirts to an international fashion brand and publishing phenomenon. He lives in the Bay Area.

Rob Reger has grown Emily the Strange from an image on a few skateboards and T-shirts to an international fashion brand and publishing phenomenon. He lives in the Bay Area.

A former high school English teacher, Jessica Gruner owns a clothing boutique in San Francisco. She lives in the Bay Area.

Buzz Parker endlessly illustrates Emily the Strange comic books and books. He lives in Arcata, California.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

    Emily the Strange is back in her second novel, STRANGER AND STRANGER. The last mystery has been solved and now her, her mom, and her awesome cats are off to another oddly-titled city. Once there though, Emily finds a way to duplicate herself and now has an OtherMe to deal with.

    Things seem great at first: the two of them work on a Master Prank, turning everyone in the town strange; Emily finds a secret sewer to design a mural on (though she keeps this to herself); and each generally enjoys having a copy of the other.

    However, things get bad when OtherMe believes she is the real Emily and turns into EvilOne. Can Emily stop things before her cats abandon her forever and she's stuck with all the blame? And just who exactly is her strange neighbor, Venus Fang Fang? More than she seems, of course!

    Emily the Strange is not for everyone. The story isn't realistic in any way, but that's what makes half the fun. She's a strange little girl who loves cats, drawing, and being scientific. She hates company though, so having a double is bound to get annoying for her no matter what...if only that double wasn't a complete evil being.

    I had a hard time getting through this book in places. I feel the first book flowed a lot faster, while this one seemed a bit more on the "Oh gosh, get on with it!" side. If people are fans of Emily, they are bound to love it. If you're not, or not yet, then obviously you should stick with the first book first and see what you think of the style.

    I do love that the EMILY THE STRANGE books include fun drawings on basically every page and that it's told in a diary format. Those make it fun to read even during the boring bits.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Not as good as Lost Days

    As opposed to the previous book in the Emily series, The Lost Days, Stranger & Stranger is not as engaging. Specifically, I felt like there were way, way too many lists, and the story as a whole was a bit difficult to follow. On top of that, it takes too long to get to the exciting part of the story, which is where the two Emily's split and carry on different stories. The Lost Days has range to the story, since the reader is spending much of the book, along with Emily, trying to figure out who she is and why she's there. There are several plot twists, and a lot of content that the reader has to piece together throughout the book. Stranger & Stranger, is, to be honest, a bit boring in comparison, and I feel like even though the concept is interesting, the actual implementation is lacking a bit. If you want a good Emily book, or just a good book in general, read The Lost Days. Hopefully the next in the series will be better, and will have less lists and more story.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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