Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
She's baaaaack!!! Emma-Jean Lazarus has matured, even though the span of time has only been eleven weeks between the two stories. The first book was Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Colleen is the one who has matured the most. She has come to realization that she does have great qualities.
The story picks up with preparation for the Spring Fling dance. The girls ask the boys to this dance. Who is going to the dance? Who is going to ask whom? Colleen needs Emma-Jean's assistance again because Colleen wants to find out which student wrote a note of admiration and put it in her locker. She needs to know who the secret admirer is and Emma-Jean finds out. She uses her analytical skills to discover the person who wrote the note. These seventh graders are so awesome because they respect each other. Emma-Jean keeps on thinking about one certain boy and has a new feeling swelling in her heart like butterflies. She has a heart-to-heart talk with her mother. Her mom helps explain the difference between a crush and love.
This book is humorous as well as real because it depicts what seventh graders really have to go through. You can read this sequel without reading the first book by LaurenTarshis (I certainly would not recommend that). Tarshis effortlessly intertwines the details and keeps the reader up to date with past events. Seventh graders and girls ages nine to twelve should want to join this class! I wonder what the title of a third book could be - Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell ... ?!?!