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Dorling Kindersley Pub., 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
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So what if Emerald's New York City apartment is so cramped, messy, and run-down that her mother calls it "Stucksville"? Emerald is a trouper, the child of struggling actor parents who are always on the move. "In another year, I'm outta here", sings Emerald, knowing that before long she'll be in a new city and a new school.

But something remarkable happens when Emerald joins forces with her outspoken know-it-all neighbor, Angel, on a school project. As fourth graders they are supposed to write essays titled "My New York", but Angel convinces Emerald that a model can be an "essay without words". As Emerald duplicates her own apartment in miniature -- including funny details like broken springs and dustballs -- she begins to notice the other people who live in her building. Slowly she comes to realize that her New York is a lot bigger than just own tiny apartment -- and to see that home can mean more than she'd ever imagined.

Like the author's acclaimed Rosy Cole series, this fresh, funny chapter book, hilarious and heartfelt, brings to life original characters bursting with child appeal.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Emerald is given a school assignment to write an essay entitled "My New York," but she feels New York isn't hers, any more than the many other places she has lived with her actor parents. She has ... Read full review


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