The Lost Days (Emily the Strange Series)

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Overview

13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:

1. Mystery

2. A beautiful golem

3. Souped-up slingshots

4. Four black cats

5. Amnesia

6. Calamity Poker

7. Angry ponies

8. A shady truant officer

9. Top-13 lists

10. A sandstorm generator

11. Doppelgängers

12. A secret mission

13. Earwigs

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“There’s no doubting the lighthearted but darkly hued creativity on display. Pure black gold.”—
ALA Booklist
“There’s no doubting the lighthearted but darkly hued creativity on display. Pure black gold.”—
Publishers Weekly

Merchandising icon Emily the Strange-no stranger to T-shirts, accessories and Hot Topic stores-becomes much more three-dimensional in this novel from creator Reger and coauthor Gruner (the pair has also written Emily comic books). Designed to look like Emily's ever-present notebook, the book opens as the 13-year-old finds herself in the very beige town of Blackrock, with no memories of who she is, how she got there or if she has any family ("Got myself so worked up into fake-missing people who might not even exist that I even cried a little fake tear"). She gleans clues to her identity (such as an affinity for fixing machines) and gets caught up in a power struggle over control of the town, before discovering her connection to Blackrock (with some missteps and memory-related restarts along the way). Emily's diary-style narrative includes plenty of lists and her verbal quirks ("Flathering bogyarks") are amusing. But it's her sarcastic, nerdy individualism-with a hint of buried sweetness-that will make readers want to spend more time with her. Ages 12-up. (June)

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VOYA - Shari Fesko
After years as a popular character featured on clothing, towels, lunchboxes, and of course graphic novels, Emily the Strange takes on her first novel-length adventure. The book opens with Emily stranded in the strange town of Blackrock, not sure why she is there or even who she is. As she struggles to figure out her identity, Emily is plunged into another mystery surrounding Blackrock's most generous and now deceased benefactor Emma Lastrande, and the El Dungeon, the only dining establishment in Blackrock. Reger and Gruner do not stop there, however, and silly plot twist after silly plot twist are thrown in, weighing down the narrative and taking away from the original story of Emily trying to determine her identity. Although the humorous black-and-white drawings throughout the story are sure to appeal to that often ignored "tween" demographic (roughly fourth through eighth grades) as is the silly story line, the endless plot devices are bound to eventually wear out many readers. The authors also insist on adding one quirky character after another with little or no character development. Even Emily herself does not seem fully fleshed out but rather a one dimensional caricature. Buy this only for large collections with an avid Emily the Strange fan base. Reviewer: Shari Fesko
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
The tough-minded, smart-aleck, main character, Emily, in this clever, yet ultimately tedious futuristic Goth mystery novel wakes up on a park bench in a strange town with no idea who she is or why she is there. In addition to overcoming amnesia and discovering her identity, she must handle a sleazy character who turns out to be both a relative and her enemy; make sense of the affectless barista, named Raven, who turns out to be a golem, at the El Dungeon where she hangs out; enlist the help of a friendly truant officer; manage the four cats who follow her; and deal with several other inventive, peculiar characters. In the meantime, she names herself Earwig. The format for the exposition of Earwig's circuitous tale is her diary, which consists of text, manga-like sketches, numbered lists, and dialogue, as well as copies of crucial letters from, among others, her deceased Great-aunt Emma LeStrande. This format effectively sinks the reader into Earwig's point-of-view, including the claustrophobia of her unknown identity and, at the same time, her fearless determination. Readers will also shiver at the many, drawn-out revelations, such as the fact that an upside down "d" looks like a "g," changing LeStrande to "the Strange." Despite Earwig's multiple adventures, setbacks, and discoveries, the novel, like Raven, remains unemotional and uninvolving. Nevertheless, many readers may be drawn to the main character's no-nonsense personality and the novel's imaginative form. Those who are will probably anticipate the release of the forthcoming sequel, foreshadowed in the decision by Earwig to subject herself, at the end of the tale, to another round of amnesia. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

This novel is the latest incarnation of the popular and commercially successful "Emily the Strange" series of comic/graphic novels (Dark Horse). The lost days of the title refers to the protagonist's amnesia and the solution to the mystery of who she is, why she's in Blackrock, and her connection to the founder of Blackrock, Emma LeStrande. The story is told through diary entries and illustrations (done in the same black, white, and red color scheme as the comic series). In spite of the amnesia, Emily is still her usual sarcastic, cat-loving self, even when confused by the fact that she knows how to calculate terminal velocity and how to fix an espresso machine but can't remember her name or age or what a baby cat is called. The action moves along with no lulls, and none of the entries or illustrations are superfluous. This is a highly enjoyable read that will appeal to both readers new to the series and Emily fans alike.-Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

Kirkus Reviews
A young Goth is stricken with amnesia and must puzzle out the secrets of her existence in this contrived, multi-format tale. Emily the Strange, a young black-haired, black-clad girl with four cats always at her side, has been featured in a clothing line and a stationery series. More recently, the character appeared in comic-book form, so this expansion to the world of novels seems a logical, if primarily marketing-based, move. In a sly, deadpan first-person voice, Emily chronicles her awakening in a town called Blackrock, with no memory of who she is. She quickly becomes a fixture at a coffee shop called El Dungeon and there meets Raven, Umlaut, Attikol and other quirky folks. In a series of journal entries, drawings, lists of her most recent discoveries and conversational snippets, Emily slowly works her way through the unlikely mystery, but at a pace so glacial and in the company of characters whose only development is their similarly uncanny nature, it is hard to imagine anyone who isn't an established fan sticking out the journey. (Fiction. 12-15)
Nicole Renner
What would you do if you found yourself in a tiny beige town with no memories and eleven pages missing from your diary? If your answer includes setting up shop in a refrigerator box and soliciting the help of four black cats and a brainless barista to uncover the mystery of your identity, then you might get along with Emily Strange. Fans of counterculture icon Emily's unique brand of clever snark will love the whimsical blend of magic, myth, and science fiction in Emily the Strange: The Lost Days, but you don't have to know Emily to love her in this off-kilter adventure story where the paranormal is totally normal. Anyone with a stubborn, independent, or alternative streak will appreciate this witty, self-sufficient girl genius who embodies her creator's motto: "Be yourself, think for yourself, do it yourself." Reviewer: Nicole Renner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061452314
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Emily the Strange Series
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 203,666
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Wierdness

    The only word to describe Emily is well.........strange. this is what you get when you mix a half mad scientist and wit as sharp as steal with four black cats, a seriously wacked out family, and an amnesia machine. The result... a very intersting read with plenty of twists and turns. My only sugestion would be to read the hard copy of this book because there are a lot of side notes, sketches, and pictures that dont come across on the ebook.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    Great Read

    It is a very fun book to read, I could not put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    The Lost Days

    This book is an excellent read. It's a comedy and a mystery. Before you say, "Ah, well, I don't like mysteries..." I want to explain what kind of mystery it is! It's not one of those boring adult ones, where things are sometimes too difficult to follow, it's a kind of book where you can figure out things as Emily does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    Amazing

    Emily is a very odd character, but we can all relate to her in some way. She's goofy, curious, smart, random, a good skater, creative, and just plain adorable. I never stopped laughing while reading this and then reread it over and over again. I highly recommend this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    very epic

    very epic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Yay!

    Awesonely radical and cool! Don't get me started on epic!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Good

    It was okay

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Just like me

    this girl is just like me :) i loved emily the strange ever since i was 6.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Incredible

    This book draws you in and keeps you there. A real interesting book i found myself indulged in it. This book made reading interesting for me again

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    fun

    Good for kids that don't like to read!

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    addicting

    could not put it down. mysterious whimsical, odd and FANTASTIC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

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    Great!!

    I enjoyed it. I finished it in two days, and I read 13 times all ready. Over all I very much enjoyed it.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    A fantastic book in so many way

    I had only heard of Emily The Strange in passing, and didn't really know much about the books, comics, or product line. However, I'm already in love with the character and the way the stories are told. It reminds me of a very intelligent version of Greg Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, except that instead of it being almost entirely graphic novel, it's part novel, part graphics, and part a whole bunch of other interesting stuff. In a way, it's similar to the process through which the Objectivist poets like William Carlos Williams in Patterson and Louis Zukofsky in A would compose a book-length poem that was comprised of a motley mixture of various elements, like some of their own work with newspaper clippings, letters, posters, ads, and all sorts of other treasures.

    Aside from the composition of the novel, the story itself is also engaging. Unlike the normal progression of most stories, which starts at the beginning and moves through to the end, you get the sense that you've picked up somewhere in the middle. This is especially evidenced by the fact that you start on diary page 13. Thus, you are on the amnesiac ride along with Emily the entire time. What makes this particularly clever and interesting as a twist to the story is that, in reality, the whole point of the story is shifted. You think it's about Emily's quest to get her memory back, when it's actually about something else entirely, which you can only discover as she uncovers it.

    This has quickly become one of my new favorite books, and I've recommended it to several people already. It's a great read for anyone with an afternoon free, but its target age will be 9-13 year olds.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

    Emily the Strange has been all over t-shirts, comics, stickers, and more...but now she's ready to star in this, her very own novel!

    One problem, though. She has amnesia and has no idea who she is and why she's in some strange town called Blackrock.

    While exploring the town, she comes across the El Dungeon and its barista, Raven; four wandering black cats; and an old alley out back of the shop. Emily adopts all these places as her new home and family, while at the same time trying to figure out what is going on!

    It isn't until she's mistaken as Molly Merriweather that Emily finally figures out a legitimate plan on how to end this whole fiasco, and suddenly she's on her way to finding out the mystery behind herself and this strange town that is even weirder than she first thought.

    THE LOST DAYS is one crazy book, that's for sure, but it's also a lot of fun. Readers need to lose their belief in reality and just go along for the ride with Emily and her cast of companions. Most things in this book aren't believable, but that's simply part of its quirky charm.

    As the novel is Emily's notebook, you'll find drawings and "photos" throughout it, which add to the fun of reading this book. I for one can't wait for more Emily adventures!

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    NoT sO StRaNgE Emily the Strange

    Well, I'm not quit done (a couple pages to go). As far as I've read the book is pretty interesting. But the downside is that... well the amnesia thing is getting old. When you are close to the end you are kind of saying to yourself, "When is she going to regain her memory already!" I suppose I expected her to be really, super, strange. But she's pretty much just an average teenager whose around strange people. Umlaut and Raven are way stranger than emily. I guess the book is worth a read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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