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Tarshis, Lauren
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2007
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
ISBN 0803731647
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Emma-Jean is a strange kid. She decides, early in her life, that it's best not to get involved with all the messy social dramas in the lives of the kids at school. She thinks that most problems can be solved with creative analytical thinking, and she uses this skill to order her world. However, one day, when Emma-Jean is in the bathroom, she hears Colleen crying because she's been cut out of a weekend sleepover. Emma-Jean feels that she just can't leave this situation alone even though it involves social messiness, because Colleen has asked for her help. Using her creative analytical thinking, but not really understanding how to help, Emma-Jean tries to make things right for Colleen. This leads to all kinds of messy situations for Emma-Jean, with often hilarious and unintended results, including falling out of a tree.  (Bernie Farrell, librarian,
SUBJECTS:     Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Problem solving -- Fiction.
                        Middle schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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