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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
     

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree

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by Lauren Tarshis
 

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A heartwarming story from the author of the I SURVIVED series.

Emma-Jean Lazarus is the smartest and strangest girl at William Gladstone Middle School. Her classmates don?t understand her, but that?s okay because Emma-Jean doesn?t quite get them either. But one afternoon, all that changes when she sees Colleen Pomerantz crying in the girl?s room. It is

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A heartwarming story from the author of the I SURVIVED series.

Emma-Jean Lazarus is the smartest and strangest girl at William Gladstone Middle School. Her classmates don?t understand her, but that?s okay because Emma-Jean doesn?t quite get them either. But one afternoon, all that changes when she sees Colleen Pomerantz crying in the girl?s room. It is through Colleen that Emma-Jean gets a glimpse into what it is really like to be a seventh grader. And what she finds will send her tumbling out of a tree and questioning why she ever got involved in the first place.

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Publishers Weekly

Through a compelling third-person narrative, first novelist Tarshis completely inhabits the character of an eccentric seventh-grader who will quickly win over readers. Emma-Jean Lazarus misses her father, who died two years ago and from whom she inherited an analytical mind. She does not always understand her "often irrational" peers and finds their lives "messy." She "thus made it her habit to keep herself separate, to observe from afar." One day, however, she discovers kind, sensitive Colleen in the girls' bathroom and decides to come to her aid. (The narrative occasionally shifts to Colleen's perspective, offering insight into how the heroine comes across to her classmates.) Emma-Jean takes her cue from the philosophy of Jules Henri Poincaré (a French mathematician whom her late father revered), who believed that "even the most complex problems could be solved through a process of creative thinking." Her well-intentioned efforts with Colleen and with others don't always hit their mark, but this slightly socially awkward, big-hearted outsider learns from her experiences. Other fully realized characters who show compassion and understanding to Emma-Jean include her mother, a wise and kind custodian, her teacher and especially Vikram, a doctoral student and the Lazaruses' boarder, who takes on a special significance to both mother and daughter. Readers will cheer on Emma-Jean as she begins to see more clearly and enter more fully the world around her, messiness and all. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
Emma-Jean is a bit different from the other seventh-grade students at William Gladstone Middle School. Emma-Jean loves to study things around her. She studies the local flora and fauna as well as her peers. She finds her classmates interesting but a bit illogical at times. In the past, she has refused to become involved in interactions with them, but a recent development with Colleen has shown Emma-Jean just how much her assistance is needed. Emma-Jean must draw on previous studies of her peers, love from her family, and a little help from Jules Henri Poincare to solve the problem. Her creative solutions work wonders, and she begins to reach out to help others. Everything runs smoothly until the school bully gets involved. Things quickly spiral out of control for both Colleen and Emma-Jean. The resulting aftermath changes things forever. This often humorous tale has some twists and turns that will surprise some readers. This gem of a book lends itself to a discussion of bullying (especially girl bullying), loss, friendship, character change, learning differences, and problem solving. This book links well with The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
Kirkus Reviews
At the beginning of this incisively voiced story, Emma-Jean Lazarus, a self-possessed but socially isolated seventh-grade girl, has no friends her own age. In fact, Tarshis's winning heroine views her classmates as an anthropologist might, observing them with great interest, but not really getting their strangely irrational behavior. And they, in turn, view her as simply strange. This begins to change when Emma-Jean comes across classmate Colleen Pomerantz sobbing her heart out in the bathroom. Colleen needs help in dealing with a girl bully, or as Emma-Jean sees it, the alpha chimp of Colleen's social set. Emma-Jean decides that she'll help Colleen and, later, others by utilizing the reasoning of her deceased father's hero, the illustrious mathematician Jules Henri Poincare. However, emotions have a way of defying logical analysis, and after a while, Emma-Jean discovers that she's become entangled-not only with peers, but with friends. The comic juice in the story comes from Emma-Jean's hyper-rational yet totally skewed take on reality, and her evolution from analyst to actor makes for a captivating, highly satisfying read. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142411506
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
219,713
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Tarshis lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Miracle Gant More than 1 year ago
Loved it, read it twice!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book! I have read it 3 or 4 times and think all preteen girls (or boys for that matter) should read this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an all around good book. Even though its not a very advanced read, it was enjoying anyway. Emma-Jean's character really springs to life in it. I got it for $1.00 at a book sale and it was a great deal. It wasn't outstanding, though, because it was pretty plain with words and wasn't as advanced as books that I would further enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful for me it is not for everyone-not at all you see the main chatacter lives a rather dull life but she runs into someone who is kind of a um you could callher a drama queen. Emma-Jean's only companias have beeen her pet bird and her father before her father passed away now this didnt happen in the bookso Im not spoiling anyway so Emma-Jean ishaving ahard time trying to help I guess you could say Emma-Jean is computer like. You should give this book a try thank you hopethis was helpful! Bye!! =]
Lannette Woodruff More than 1 year ago
I liked it alot it was a fun book to read especially to give me heads up on what's middle schools like for next year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book was great. At first i did't like it or want to read it because it was a 6 grade project but as i read on i started to like the book alot!
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NorthReadingMom More than 1 year ago
As an adult, I really enjoyed this book. My daughter had it in the house, and she lost it for a few days while I was reading it. Excellent characters, and great character development. Awesome plot/conflict. Now I am buying 3 copies to give to family and friends for Christmas.
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This book is great but not for boys. i would say girls 8-15
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absalutly hated this book well it was ok but not the best. Well nor am i now that i say this nor should i have been such an idiot because there may be little childern like ten and under even though im just 11 i think thats a little crazy beca,I LOVE ONE DIRECTION LOVE THE HAIR ZAYN/OFF OF ONE DIRECTION =KIND OF CUTE!!! BUT SOMEONE IS CUTIER. ONE DIRECTION IS AWESOME BUT JUSTIN BIEBER IS ALSO BUT I DONT KNOW WITCH ONE IS BETTER WILL SOMEONE TELL ME BY GOING ON THIS AND GOING TO REVIEWS AND PRESSING THE BUTTIN THAT HAS A PEN THAT ALSO HAS A + SIGN???????????????? THANX!!!!!!!! HE- HE!!