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Author: Patricia Hermes

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: It can't be true! Marcus can't sell Rooney. He's Emma's favorite horse. She is going to show her parents just how responsible she is ... at least until the bathroom water crashes onto the dinner table. Some how, some way, she will convince her mom and dad and she asks for help from her best friend Luisa who, it turns out, is getting ready to move away. How can this be? Emma can't lose two of her favorite things in one summer! Lots of humor leads you through this adventure for readers moving toward chapter books.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 7 to 11

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: By the time we finished the first sentence, my daughter was declaring "that's me" ... and that continued through most of the first chapter. She loved the book and particularly liked reading it together.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun story and I am so glad we have discovered Emma. The cover illustration gives you great insight into what's inside, but there are still little twists and turns that keep you reading. Needless to say I was tickled when she wanted to read it together.

Pros: Both boys and girls will enjoy this story about a girl who wants something really-really big, really-really badly.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is easily a book you'll come back to just for laughs.

If You Liked This Book, Try: QUINCY FINDS A NEW HOME   DODGER AND ME   LADY'S BIG SURPRISE (Lucky Foot Stable Series, #1)

Educational Themes: Once you look beyond / past some of the pratfalls, there are plenty of themes that you can talk about ... and some logical stopping points for asking what would you do; how would you feel; what do you think will happen next, etc.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, friendship, life lessons, easy reader series, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011, February 2014

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