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Emily Sanders is a typical seventh grader – reluctant to see the summer end, she is dealing with BFF drama with her friend Leanne as she heads back to school in her small Virginia town and discovers that, well, Something Stinks!. When she stops by to see her Uncle Joe and Aunt Sylvie, Emily gets a whiff of something nasty. Her uncle tells her that now and then scores of dead fish clog the river near his apple orchard. He can’t figure out why and the local authorities haven’t taken much interest in helping him. Once school starts Emily joins her school newspaper and begins looking for stories beyond the middle school world of football and bad cafeteria food. The adventure begins as she explores the science of the river and the businesses that line its banks.
I loved the part where Emily had to start thinking about an apology. She says, "Apologies were supposed to come from the heart. Right now, my heart felt squeezed out like a used-up sponge. And definitely not apologetic." Don't you ever feel that way? I know sometimes when I ask the kids to apologize it takes them a while to mumble an apology. They probably feel similar to the way Emily felt.
Some people Love to read and others find it boring. I love to go on an adventure and what an easy way to do that with a book that shares all about the special location. I also enjoy books that share ways to live a better life!
What are your favorites?
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