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So Totally Emily Ebers by Lisa Yee

So Totally Emily Ebers (2007)

by Lisa Yee

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
Yee, Lisa. So Totally Emily Ebers Levine, 2004

This is a story about a twelve year old girl whose parents are getting a divorce and she is moving to a new state with her mother. Emily Ebers decides to keep a daily journal of letters to her father when she moves. She writes daily entries about her move with her mom and how her life is going to be different. Emily learns what its like to make new friends, as well as what it will be like to start a new school. She also comes to terms with her parents divorce and learns that some of the details of the divorce were not what she originally thought, and develops a new perspective on her relationships with her parents.

I would recommend this book to teenage girls, 12-15 years old who like read stories they can relate to. This book is appropriate for this age group because it deals a lot with realistic issues of friendships, family issues, and what its like to move to a new city. The text in this book is for older and fluent readers, the chapters are longer and the book is all text with no illustrations. This book is also appropriate for girls this age group because it touches on how to deal with peer pressures of fitting in with the “cool” crowd, as well as standing up for what you believe in and standing up for your friends. It also discusses how you know if someone is truly a good friend and what makes someone a good friend.
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I would use this book to help a teenage girl deal with adolescent issues. I would give this book to a teenage girl whose family is going through a divorce or if they just move to a new city. Then I would offer myself as someone the child could talk to about what is going on or help them set up counseling in school to help them deal with the issues going on. I think this book is entertaining and realistic in how a teenage girl would deal with these issues, and would be a good example to share with a student that shows other people go through these types of issues.

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This chapter book did not contain any artwork or illustrations.
  cdl | Aug 17, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439838487, Mass Market Paperback)

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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In a series of letters to her absent father, twelve-year-old Emily Ebers deals with moving cross-country, her parents' divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.

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