Emma McGraw just can't sit back and watch someone being teased?especially one of her friends. So when class bully Jared Matthews chooses EllRay Jakes as his next target, Emma can't hold back. But unfortunately for Emma, her good deed is not appreciated. Instead of helping EllRay, Emma just embarrassed him. What boy wants to be ?saved? by a girl?! Now everyone is calling her Super Emma, and Jared has set his ...
Emma McGraw just can't sit back and watch someone being teased?especially one of her friends. So when class bully Jared Matthews chooses EllRay Jakes as his next target, Emma can't hold back. But unfortunately for Emma, her good deed is not appreciated. Instead of helping EllRay, Emma just embarrassed him. What boy wants to be ?saved? by a girl?! Now everyone is calling her Super Emma, and Jared has set his sights on her. Who will rescue Emma now that Jared is tossing around threats? Her superhero may be someone she would never have thought of.
Emma was not trying to be brave when she defended EllRay. In fact, she did not give much thought to her actions at all. A boy named Jared Matthews was picking on poor EllRay and Emma simply could not just stand by and watch it. The problem is, Emma is now the bully's new target and the bully is EllRay! EllRay is embarrassed that a girl defended him. He and all of the other kids in class are teasing Emma. She is being called "Super Emma" and EllRay is threatening to "trash" her. Unknowingly, Emma really is "super." She handles this problem with the same degree of bravery that she used when originally confronting EllRay. All children are advised to confide in a grown-up when they need help and this story supports that resolution. This is an honest portrayal of everyday life for many elementary school children and it is told with a sense of humor that will have the reader rooting for Emma. With the recent emphasis given to the bullying problem in numerous schools across the country, this book offers a simple and sensible solution.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Emma doesn't see herself as a superhero, but when she witnesses the biggest third-grader, Jared, tormenting EllRay, the littlest, she jumps into the fray before she can even consider the consequences. To everyone's surprise, including her own, she manages to best the bully. He vows to take revenge. Adding insult to the threat of injury, EllRay is less than appreciative, and the other students are divided in their loyalties. Some say she shouldn't have done "a boy thing" and call her "Super Emma" in a mocking tone. But when Jared tries to dump her in a garbage can during recess, EllRay beats him up, and the other classmates come round. This third adventure in the series once again portrays the plucky young heroine struggling with conflict resolution and the social issues that many children face. A smattering of whimsical black-and-white illustrations helps to move the story along. Emma should be a hit with fans of Amber Brown, Judy Moody, and Clarice Bean.-Debbie Lewis O'Donnell, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Emma McGraw's back! In her eight years on earth, she has not figured out the fine points of dealing with boys and bullies. When Jared ("Jarhead") Mathews continues to torture EllRay Jakes, Emma steps in to help out. With the delightful first-person narrative Emma's fans have come to expect from this welcome series, they all know just how Emma feels when all eyes, especially the bully's, are on her. First hailed as a hero, soon the unexpected happens: EllRay is embarrassed to have been defended by a girl and he, too, turns on Emma. Soon all the kids are sarcastically calling our heroine "Super Emma." In the end, Emma learns what all children eventually learn: to rely on themselves. The secondary characters round out the story well: Teacher Ms. Sanchez steps in carefully, the principal understands the sticky situation and Emma's mom is the right balance of concern and wait-and-see. Emma is a character complicated enough to question herself, make mistakes and triumph in the end. (Fiction. 7-10)
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.