Thursday, December 26, 2019
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, by Lauren Tarshis
A sweet middle reader about building friendships, communicating with others, and the importance of kindness. The general positivity of the story is a welcome anecdote to mean girl stories. I enjoyed having a break from the doom and gloom of the other books I've been reading lately.
Emma-Jean is a fascinating character. Somewhere on the Autism Spectrum (as apparently her late father was as well), she forms an interesting and sympathetic narrator as she tries to understand the people around her. But Tarshis, while occasionally exploiting Emma-Jean's misconceptions for humor, never lets the story exploit her heroine, who in the end proves to be more insightful than any of us imagine.