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Children's LiteratureWith a name like Emma Dilemma, how can the main character not get into trouble? Eight-year-old Emma is more mischievous than devious, but she constantly causes problems in her family of seven. First of all, her beloved ferret, Marmaduke, cannot seem to stay in his cage, while almost daily her mother threatens to return him to the pet store. Just when Emma is trying to prove to her parents how responsible she is so she can join the traveling soccer team, Emma accidentally causes a small fire in the kitchen and nearly knocks the nanny off a two story ladder. To add to her list of woes, the new nanny is in danger of being dismissed, and she is the best nanny Emma and her siblings have ever had. This book has a colorful cast of characters besides Emma. It includes the Irish nanny, Annie, with a genuine brogue and bright red hair; her bratty sister, McClain, who insists on wearing her bathing suit even in the winter; and her brainy and sensible brother, Tim (who never gets into trouble!). Everything works out by the end of the book, and Emma learns some important lessons about maturity and responsibility. 2006, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, Ages 8 to 11.