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Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls (Emmy and the Rat) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings
ISBN:031260873X
LANGUAGE:English

" Emmy has more adventures, and learns about friendship. Once again, I really enjoyed Bean's artwork and how it made a flipbook through the novel. Really neat feature! I thought "Home for Troubled Girls" read even better than the previous novel, although it lacked the quirky sense of humour the first had. My copy also offers an interview with the author at back and discussion questions. " said.

" This sequel, like its predecessor, has a very interesting story line. Rats, shrinking, tiny girls...it's all weird, but it works. A good story, well told for the most part. My one complaint is that, at times, the author's descriptions were either too vague or too convoluted to form a clear picture. " said.

" I felt that the freshness and creativity of the first book was absence from this one. The story is rather predictable. The main character had many out-of-character moments just for the sake of advancing the plot. It introduced too many new characters, so enough attention is given to the older characters. " said.

" Emmy and her best friend, a boy named Joe, can talk to rodents ever since they were bitten by a rat. (in a previous book?) Emmy is whiny and obnoxious. Joe is amazingly tolerant of her, especially for a boy. Storyline is unusual in some respects, but if you want great talking animals read Charlotte's Web instead. " said.

" Second book on a series. (Man I hate that.) I enjoyed it well enough, but was sorry I hadn't read the first one. Emmy has a rat friend and because of his bite, she can understand all rodent speak. When he bites her again, she becomes small enough to move through the vast rodent world, underground. (His rat sister can reverse the smallness with a kiss.) A battle of good vs. evil and learning how to be a friend. Check it out. " said.

" Similar to series of unfortunate events. Thought the rat part of the story would turn me off but it didn't. The story was ok and I definitely see that there are students who will like this book/series but I didn't love it. Could be because I didn't like series of unfortunate events and tend not to love anything that reminds me of that series. There was nothing wrong with it and it was pretty well written, just didn't appeal to me. " said.

" Emmy's evil ex-nanny, Miss Barmy, is seeking revenge. She comes up with a plan to take over Rodent City (and be famous). Of course Cheswick will help Miss Barmy. He would do anything for her. Meanwhile in the attic, there is a plan to escape....Reason why I like this book-Reason 1- The book caught my eye, because if you flip the pages there will be a motion picture of a rat climbing a rope.Reason 2- I could imagine what was happening.Reason 3- The rodents are amazing. " said.

"It took me a while to read this novel to my boys for a few reasons. (One being I wasn't terribly interested in it.) We read the first book right before reading this one and though there is another sequel, my 8 year old said a few weeks ago, "Let's take a break from the Emmy books after this." Agreed. There are some things that this novel as a sequel does very well (building off the first story, furthering character development) but the story felt flat. But kudos to Jonell for improving her prose; this novel isn't littered with adverbs like the first." said.

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