Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker

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How will Emma make her mark this school year? Will she...
a) Bring love to her fellow classmates

b) Become the most popular girl in school

c) Finally meet her crush, teen singing sensation Jake LaDrake

d) ALL OF THE ABOVE!

On the first day of school, Emma Emmets surveys her classmates and sees plenty of shared interests, crushes not being acted upon, and people too afraid of cooties to know what they're missing. Emma tries her hand at uniting lonely Leah and nerdy Otto . . . and a matchmaker is born.


After successfully matching bullies, dorks, athletes, and weirdos, she’s ready for her most high-profile client yet: Isla, a fourth grader so popular she hangs out with the fifth graders. But when Emma's efforts go terribly awry, she finds herself with a powerful new enemy. 

Suddenly life on the playground is horribly wrong. With all her classmates blissfully paired off, Emma's left with no one! Is the matchmaker destined to be alone? 

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Julia DeVillers is the bestselling author of several novels, including Liberty Porter, Trading Faces, and How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller, which was adapted into the Disney Channel original movie Read It and Weep. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. Check out her website at www.juliadevillers.com.

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Opening with Emma Emmet’s first day of fourth grade, DeVillers’ latest middle-grade novel delves into elementary-school attention getting (and romance). Emma found herself embarrassed in earlier grades and wants to make a new, improved impression. Before the first class has even begun, she has found a way to gain popularity (matching up kids with each other) and given herself a new nickname (“EmMatchmaker”). Some storytellers might teach their heroine humility about getting involved in other people’s relationships, but DeVillers seems charmed by Emma’s chutzpah—though, through the first-person narration, readers can track the doubts and second-guessing behind her boldness. DeVillers also makes gentle fun of Emma’s obsession with pop-star Jake LaDrake, who shows up late in the novel and reveals himself to be unworthy of her devotion. By the end, Emma has made it clear to herself and others that her playground matchmaking was about promoting whatever “made people happier. Slowmances! Friendships! Whatever!” A worthy goal. Grades 3-6. --Abby Nolan

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