Reviews for Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls

Booklist Reviews 2008 July #1
This sequel to Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (2007) picks up where the last book left off: Emmy is back to her old life, and her evil governess, Miss Barmy, and Barmy's devoted swain, Cheswick, are now rats. All Emmy wants is a normal life, but as a character in The Godfather said, "Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in." So it is with Emmy, who can hardly get to a sleepover because of chatty, needy rodents. Others need her help as well: the mysterious faces carved on Miss Barmy's cane turn out to be Barmy's former charges, now miniaturized and held prisoner in Barmy's father's shoe store. There's plenty of backstory, but its presentation is sometimes unwieldy, and although this has many of the same delightful elements as the previous book (a solid mystery, great characters), there's also some bloat and a disconnect between plotlines. Still, this is fun, and fans of the first book will be pleased Emmy has been pulled back in once more. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Emmy ([cf2]Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat[cf1]) rejoins her talking-rodent friends to defeat her evil nanny, Ms. Barmy. This time, besides outwitting the nasty nanny, Emmy is trying to save Ms. Barmy's previous victims while also attempting to make friends with the girls in her neighborhood. Black-and-white flip-book-style illustrations decorate the pages of this imaginative text. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 July #1
Emmy Addison and her friends Joe (a boy) and Raston (a magic rat) return in this whirlwind sequel that picks up weeks after Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (2007) ended. School's out and Emmy wants to avoid her new rodent pals and "do regular ten-year-old things," so she can start fifth grade with lots of friends. But when her former nanny, the devious, despicable Miss Barmy, and Miss Barmy's adoring sidekick, Cheswick Vole, surface in Rodent City as ingratiating rats, Emmy senses trouble brewing: Miss Barmy plans to steal the Addison family jewels using five doll-sized little girls whom she has held prisoner in her parents' attic. Determined to save the missing miniature girls, Emmy and Joe shrink, transform into rats and enlist Raston and other rodent chums in sometimes hilarious, often breathtaking capers to thwart Miss Barmy. En route, Emmy learns the hard way the importance of being true to your friends, whether human or rat. More clever, rodent-filled fantasy featuring the irascible, irresistible Raston Rat and the extraordinary Emmy--and Bean's flip-book wizardry. (Fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 August

Gr 3-6-- In this sequel to Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Holt, 2007), Emmy discovers the fate and whereabouts of the five missing girls pictured on evil Miss Barmy's cane. Although the woman is no longer Emmy's nanny--in fact, she is now a rat--her plots are as wicked as ever. Using the powers of their talented rodent friends to change sizes, the protagonist and her friends seek to thwart Miss Barmy's attempts to subvert the rodent community while also attempting to rescue the girls, who are the four-inch-high prisoners of Miss Barmy's nasty parents. Emmy's uncertainty about her ability to make human friends and about her role within the rodent community cause her to make bad decisions when these two worlds come in contact with one another; luckily, she redeems herself by the end. The plot moves in fits and starts, lacking the fizzy energy of the first book--possibly because the sassy Rat plays a smaller role this time--but fans will find plenty of adventure, fun, and all the rodents they could wish for.--Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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