So Totally Emily Ebers

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This companion to MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS introduces us to Emily Ebers, average girl extraordinaire, and brings Lisa Yee's funny, touching story of friendship and family full circle.

Lisa Yee charmed audiences with the hilarious MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS and revealed another side of the story in STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Now readers can meet Millie's best friend and Stanford's big crush! After her parents' divorce, Emily had to move to California with her mom. Now she ...

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Overview


This companion to MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS introduces us to Emily Ebers, average girl extraordinaire, and brings Lisa Yee's funny, touching story of friendship and family full circle.

Lisa Yee charmed audiences with the hilarious MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS and revealed another side of the story in STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Now readers can meet Millie's best friend and Stanford's big crush! After her parents' divorce, Emily had to move to California with her mom. Now she writes letters to her rock-star dad about travel ("How did the pioneers do it? Did they have to ride with their mothers?"), her new friends, and how much she misses him -- though she does still have his credit card.... Emily Ebers may be starting over, but she's going to come out on top.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ashley Sayers
Twelve year-old Emily Ebers is on a journey—physically and emotionally. Her summer starts out in a slump as her parents divorce and—according to Emily—her mother forces her to move all the way across the country from New Jersey to start a new life with new friends at a new school in Rancho Rosetta, California. Bitter from the start, Emily is extremely pessimistic about the new opportunities that lie ahead. In this epistolary novel, Emily composes letters to her father, which await his return from touring with his rock band. Readers can see the average preteen that Emily is, obsessed with clothes, makeup, shopping, sleepovers, boys, and fitting in with the popular crowd; however, the letters reveal much more about Emily than one might expect. As she struggles to discover her true identity, she places all her faith in her father, whom she believes will come back for her one day, or at least call! The summer, however, passes by without any effort on her father's part at reuniting with his daughter. Emily's feelings toward her father change from hopefulness to anger and finally forgiveness. Over time, as Emily realizes all that her mother has sacrificed to give her the best life possible, she gradually grows to love, respect, and appreciate her. Readers watch Emily live and learn as she takes on volleyball, makes new friends, develops her first crush, and most importantly, overcomes all the obstacles that she fears will keep her from enjoying her new life. Emily discovers that being with the people who truly care about her is what is ultimately important in life because they make a point of showing and telling her so. Her detailed and fun-filled letters reveal theday-to-day happenings in her life as well as her journey toward seeking her true identity as Emily Ebers. The novel is an excellent example of how children are affected on a personal level by divorce as well as how it impacts the parent-child relationships in the long-term. The novel teaches that children must confront the problems and emotions that result from such an unfortunate event and eventually learn to accept the changes that take place in their lives. This is the major step that Emily takes as she overcomes the main conflict in the novel, and she comes out of it a mentally and emotionally stronger and more mature Emily Ebers. Reviewer: Ashley Sayers
Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
Emily Ebers' life as she knows it is over. Her parents have gotten a divorce. Her father has gone on a tour with his band and now her mother is moving across the U.S. Emily has to leave behind everything she loves. Her two best friends are going off to camp without her. Will they remember her? Things get worse when her mother signs her up for volleyball and the local Neighborhood Watch program. Emily's mother begins to act strangely and Emily finds herself adrift until she makes some new friends. Emily discovers that not all her friends are being honest with her and not all of them are sincere friends. She is torn in two directions. Which path will she choose? This is a good book to discuss feelings about divorce and choosing friends. Some other books on friendship include Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita, or Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis. Oy! Joy by Lucy Frank is also a good book about divorce.
Kirkus Reviews
It's deja vu all over again for Yee in her new companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (2005). This time she tells the story of the fateful summer Millicent tutors Stanford, and they both lie about it from the point of view of the third member of the triumvirate, Emily Ebers, in a series of letters she's writing (but not sending) to her newly divorced father. The letters become increasingly heartbreaking as the reader comes to understand that Emily's dad, a second-rate rock star trying to recapture his past glory, is not the loving and concerned father she wants him to be. The tutoring plot follows the track of its companions, but because Emily is the person being duped rather than the one doing the deceiving, she's the least active of the protagonists. Although there is new information about Emily and the story is both touching and amusing, the reader feels its essential sameness and hopes that Yee, a prodigious talent, will move on. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439838481
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 698,749
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa Yee’s novels include Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (an ALA Notable Book); the first Bobby book, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally); and most recently WARP SPEED. She lives in South Pasadena, California, with her family. Please visit her website at www.lisayee.com.
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    This book was awesome!!!

    I thought this book was okay. It taught kids and teens and real lesson by you should try a sport and you might make new friends. So that was a good lesson that everyone should know.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Audrey for TeensReadToo.com

    SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Emily, who has to move from Allendale, New Jersey, to Rancho Rosetta, California. Since her parents are divorced, she has to move across the country with her mom, while her dad stays behind in New Jersey. <BR/><BR/>When she thinks nothing good can come out of the volleyball classes her mom signs her up for, something does. She meets Millicent Min. Millie, as she calls her, also was forced to take the lessons. Emily and Millie never run out of things to say, but when Millie lies to Emily, she starts hanging around with the popular girls. They tell her to go on a diet and give her a makeover, but that isn't the girl her mother (or her friends) knows. <BR/><BR/>Emily's mom, Alice, just wants to be a part of her daughter's life, but Emily wants to be alone, especially when Alice starts dating the town police officer. She hates her for making her leave her dad. She gets angry when she calls her dad's house and some lady answers. At first, she thinks she must have the wrong number, but suddenly she hears her dad's voice in the background. She quickly hangs up, but is sad that her parents have moved on from each other. <BR/><BR/>How will she start a new school this fall without her old friends, who called to say they were having a great time without her? Why did Millie have to lie to her? Why can't her parents just get back together? Will Emily's life ever settle down and get back to normal? <BR/><BR/>SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS is another great read in Lisa Yee's series, following the release of MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS and STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    A laugh out loud book!

    I really enjoyed So Totally Emily Ebers because it made me crack up. I really could relate to some of the crazy situations that Emily got herself into. The rest of the series is great too. I hope that there are more great books to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    LOVE IT!!!

    It was as good as the first two! The literature was humorous and the plot was perpetually ingenious. Way to go, Lisa Yee, for being a fabulous writer as usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    I Already Read the Book

    This book was very good, although I perfer Millicent Min, Girl Genius. However it was very amusing for me to compare Emily and Millicents views on the same day of their summer. All in all, I thought this was a good book and I want a book to come out with Maddie's point of view as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    i love Lisa Yee books I cant wait!!!!

    this book is going to be excellent it's probably going to be the best book ever!!!! Gosh i can not wait i wish i had the book in my hand right now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Anxiously Waiting!

    I can't wait for this book! I loved Millicent Min, Girl Genius hope this is as good! Lisa Yee ROCKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    WOO HOO!!!! ^_^'

    WOO HOO!another lisa yee book!bring it on! ^_^' =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    So Totally Can't Wait for this Book

    I can't wait!!!!!!!

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