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Justice for Emily

Pfeffer, Susan Beth

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ISBN 10: 0440412498 / ISBN 13: 9780440412496
Published by Yearling, 1998
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Title: Justice for Emily

Publisher: Yearling

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition:Good

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Emily Hasbrouck saw her 11-year-old friend die, and she knows the people responsible. But nobody will believe her because she is an orphan living on the goodwill of the townspeople, while the girls she accuses are the daughters of the richest men in town. Emily is determined to speak the truth. She refuses to let her friend's death be called an accident, even if it means she'll be sent to live in a poorhouse. Reaching out to Emily are a few people who believe her, and with their help Emily must tell--in front of the powerful men who want to send her away--what really happened.

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Grade 5-7. A continuation of Nobody's Daughter (Delacorte, 1995), in which preteen Emily is sent to an orphanage, alienates the town establishment, and runs away. Now, her plight worsens as she returns to face her tormentors. Only the sympathetic town librarian and her mother believe Emily's report that the bullying daughters of the town's "best" families are to blame for the accidental death of one of the orphans; they offer Emily a temporary home. The school principal tries to expel her; the head of the orphanage looks for any relative to take the girl away from a town that has branded her a troublemaker. The situation comes to a head when, after a dramatic confrontation, the girl is brought before the school board that will decide on her expulsion. This story has enough melodrama for an entire showboat season, eschewing any attempt at subtlety to hammer blatantly at social injustice, a technique that might well create outraged empathy in the breasts of young readers. The action (touching very superficially on such topics as illegitimacy, alcoholism, and prostitution) is fast, and good guys and bad are without shades of gray. While time and place references are certainly limited, there is just enough color to create a blurry context, sort of New England in the early 20th century. Emily's one school friend has a father who is a hated union organizer at the mills and a suffragette mother. This might fill the bill for the historical fiction book report for reluctant readers.?Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
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