by Lauren Tarshis. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2007. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others I've read so far this weekend. Emma Jean has a very intelligent, logical mind but she doesn't understand the other 13 year olds in her middle school. She usually leaves them a wide berth, preferring her own routines and interests, until she finds a nice girl named Colleen crying in the girl's room. Emma Jean decides to try to help her out and all sorts of confusion ensues. Emma Jean struggles to learn to connect with others and she clearly is tender-hearted and good-intentioned. I found her to be a bit too dry and technical, however. She reminded me of Data from Star Trek, The Next Generation, but she didn't have his charm and personality. Others have found this book to be more enjoyable. Have you read it yet?
This is my fourth book read for the 4th annual Mother Reader 49 Hour Reading Challenge. I've put in 3 hours on Friday, and another 9 on Saturday. I am going to spend a little more time tonight reading blogs about the challenge.
I am putting up short posts on all the books I read. For every unique, meaningful comment I receive on those posts I will donate $1 to Bridget Zinn's medical fund. Bridget is a Young Adult author, librarian and book blogger who is in expensive cancer treatment. Many kidlit bloggers have come together to offer support for her and I am happy to join in. If you can come by this weekend and comment on the books I'm reading you can be part of that too. If you are doing the 48 Hour Reading challenge let me know and I'll come and follow you too!
48 Hour Reading Challenge Rules are here, Prizes are listed here, and Starting Line is here. I'm offering a prize: I will donate a framed 5x7 print of one of my favorite photos and original haiku to the person who raises the most money for a Greater Good cause.