Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

By Lauren Tarshis

A heartwarming tale from the writer of the I SURVIVED series.

Emma-Jean Lazarus is the neatest and strangest lady at William Gladstone heart college. Her classmates don?t comprehend her, yet that?s ok simply because Emma-Jean doesn?t rather get them both. yet one afternoon, all that alterations whilst she sees Colleen Pomerantz crying within the girl?s room. it truly is via Colleen that Emma-Jean will get a glimpse into what it truly is wish to be a 7th grader. And what she unearths will ship her tumbling out of a tree and wondering why she ever obtained taken with the 1st place.

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Emma-Jean knew this was true. People sometimes behaved unkindly toward one another, even at William Gladstone Middle School. Hurt feelings, bruised egos, broken promises, betrayed confidences— the list of emotional injuries her fellow seventh graders inflicted on one another was dismayingly long. Of course, Emma-Jean was fond of her peers. In fact, she believed that one was unlikely to find a finer group of young people than the 103 boys and 98 girls with whom she spent her school days. But their behavior was often irrational.

Wright and Mr. Petrowski both turned and looked into the unruly crowd of boys. Emma-Jean followed their gaze. The boys appeared to be engaged in a lively display of belching. Belching was considered impolite, Emma-Jean knew, unless one happened to be in China, where a belch was a signal that one was satisfied with his meal. It was possible one of the boys had vacationed in China during February break and was sharing the country’s cultural customs with his peers. However, Emma-Jean was skeptical that the William Gladstone Middle School hot lunch could inspire a satisfied sound of any kind.

And it was still pretty embarrassing that Colleen was practically the only girl in the entire fifth grade who didn’t make the travel team. ) When would Colleen ever get over this ski trip? Colleen wondered this as she sat in first-period Spanish, four desks away from Laura Gilroy. It had been two days since Kaitlin had broken the terrible news (two days, 48 hours, 2,880 minutes, 172,800 seconds—Colleen had secretly used her calculator while Señora Weingart was writing on the board). And Colleen still felt completely, totally miserable.

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