Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Secret Ferret


Emma tries to prevent her neighbors from building a mcmansion

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Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Emma Dilemma is off on another adventure as she and her family head north to Maine for their annual family vacation. This time, Annie the Nanny is coming, too! With everyone in the family leaving (including the family dog and cat), Emma is worried about the one they have to leave behind: her pet ferret, Marmaduke! She decides that there is no harm in sneaking him into her backpack and smuggling him on vacation, so that is just what she does. When Annie discovers him in the car, Emma promises to tell her parents. But when they get to the lake, she just cannot find the right time to tell Mom and Dad about Marmaduke. There are so many things that she wants to do before she gets into trouble. Everything is put on hold, though, when Emma and her cousin Max find out that their new neighbor is planning on cutting down all of the beautiful trees, including Emma's favorite tree that she dreams about sitting in all year. The relaxing vacation to the Lake House quickly turns into a whirlwind of lies and deception as Emma tries to save the trees while continuing to hide Marmaduke, all without the help of the grownups. Emma's spunky personality and passion for standing up for what she believes in continue to make the "Emma Dilemma" books a must-read series for young readers. In this lighthearted childhood adventure, Emma learns that sometimes growing up means asking for help. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Emma cannot stand the thought of spending the entire summer away from her beloved ferret. Even though she knows she's breaking her mother's rules, she smuggles Marmaduke on the family trip to Maine. Once there, she learns that he isn't her biggest issue. A new neighbor wants to cut down her favorite tree so he'll have a better view of the lake. Now Emma finds herself trying to keep her pet hidden from her parents, trying to save her tree, and trying to stay out of trouble. This fifth book about Emma will appeal to her fans as well as to girls stepping up from Junie B. Jones. The child is somewhat selfish at times, but the nice thing about the book is that it sends the message that sometimes we judge people too harshly. Even though Emma sees the new neighbor as the enemy, there is a really nice moment at the end of the book that shows how complex people are. This addition to the series has a surprisingly sweet ending and should please fans.—Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761456506
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: Emma Dilemma Series , #0
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,027,122
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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