Happily Ever Emma

Happily Ever Emma

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by Sally Warner, Jamie Harper
     
 

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Emma is already upset when her mother cancels their traditional Friday night dinner-and-ice-cream plans, but it's even worse when she finds out why: Her mom has a date! Emma's best friend, Annie Pat, thinks it's so romantic, but Emma knows better. Fortunately, she has a plan to keep her mom all to herself. But when Emma's plan backfires, she starts to realize

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Emma is already upset when her mother cancels their traditional Friday night dinner-and-ice-cream plans, but it's even worse when she finds out why: Her mom has a date! Emma's best friend, Annie Pat, thinks it's so romantic, but Emma knows better. Fortunately, she has a plan to keep her mom all to herself. But when Emma's plan backfires, she starts to realize that maybe sharing her mother with other people has its advantages.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Friday nights are Emma's favorite night of the week as it is her special time to spend with her mother and no worries about school. On a particular Friday, her mother tells Emma that she is spending it with Anthony and her mother is going on a DATE. Emma finds this situation hard to accept and so begins her struggle with her mother having a social life. Emma's struggle affects her work at school and causes her to pretend to be sick. While she is at home and her mother is doing laundry, the new boyfriend, Dennis Engleman, calls and asks to speak to Emma's mother. Emma conveniently forgets to give her mother the message of Mr. Engleman's call. Emma's neglect causes more grief for her and some misunderstandings between Emma and her mother. Emma has to finally confess what she has done and tries to accept Mr. Engleman into her life. This briskly-told early chapter book uses humorous asides from Emma and line drawings to lighten the mood of a rather serious topic, a parent dating again. It does not resolve everything, possibly because it paves the way for another entry about Emma in the near future. Middle school girls or fans of this series can look forward to Emma in this adventure with her mother and Mr. Engleman. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
Gr 2�4—In this installment, Emma must share her mother's attention with a new boyfriend. When she tries to wreck a date with a teensy lie (truth omission, really), she learns a difficult life lesson about feelings of guilt in a gentle and funny way. This easy-to-read chapter book is appealing and realistic, and fetching illustrations support the text. Emma's fans will be pleased.—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670010844
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky. 

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