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Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls


by Lynne Jonell

Illustrated by Jonathan Bean


Ages 9-12

When readers first met Emmy Addison, star of Lynne Jonell’s warmly received middle-grade novel Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Holt, 2007), she appeared an ordinary 10-year-old having a rough go of it. Her calm and cozy life had been turned on its ear when her parents inherited a family fortune. The girl hardly saw her globe-trotting and suddenly uncaring parents, and was instead left in the care of a sinister nanny. She became virtually invisible to her teacher and classmates, and to cap it all off, she was bitten by the class pet,
a rat.

But that fateful nibble, which enabled Emmy to understand everything the rat said, is where Emmy’s—and readers’—real adventures began, in a tale of action, science experiments, magic and suspense.

Now, Emmy, a likeable mixture of Nancy Drew and Dr. Dolittle, is set to embark on a new adventure in a sequel, Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls


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Omri receives several conventional gifts for his ninth birthday, including a
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primary aged students this study guide has learning outcomes in key learning
areas such as English, Art and Society and Environment.


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