Reviews for Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love

AudioFile Web Reviews
The eccentric but good-natured Emma-Jean Lazarus returns with another comical adventure, superbly narrated by Mamie Gummer. As her school prepares for the annual Spring Fling, Emma-Jean is fascinated by the unusual behavior of her classmates. Gummer's narration follows the amusing exploits of the seventh graders as the story alternates between the perspectives of Emma-Jean and her friend, Colleen Pomerantz. Gummer's perfect pacing allows listeners to be fully absorbed as Emma-Jean races to uncover Colleen's secret admirer before the dance. Not overly dramatic, Gummer's voice quietly brings to life the numerous familiar characters, such as the Indian doctoral student Vickram, all of whom add texture to the story. Enough backstory from Emma's previous adventure is included to satisfy listeners. L.A.C. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

Gr 5-8--Emma-Jean Lazarus, a highly logical problem-solver, is once again meddling in the "messy" lives of her fellow seventh graders in Lauren Tarshis's sequel (2009) to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (2007, both Dial; Listening Library, 2007). The upcoming middle school dance has contributed to an outbreak of Spring Fever. Even Emma-Jean's mother and teachers seem to have been bitten by the love bug. While trying to understand her own feelings for a certain basketball player, Emma-Jean helps Colleen uncover the writer of an anonymous love note. Well-drawn adolescent characters are further strengthened by Mamie Gummer's spot-on voices. She even adopts different narration voices, alternating between chapters focused on flighty, emotional Colleen, and rational Emma-Jean. This title can stand alone since enough background material is provided. Emma-Jean is a quirky, winning heroine, and this satisfying story will find its niche with careful teen readers who enjoy character-driven stories, and especially with fans of the first title.--Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, Florence, KY

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