Leaving Emma by Nancy Steele Brokaw

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When Emma learns that her forever best friend, Tem, is moving away at the end of the school year, she is miserable. Then she finds out that Dad is going to Turkey for five months on business. And then Mom says she's going to visit him there. Emma feels as though everyone is leaving her, and the prospect of having weird old Great-Aunt Grace come to stay doesn't make her feel any better. But Great-Aunt Grace turns out to be a good listener and to have some useful ideas, and Emma's interest in art takes her in an exciting new direction with the possibility of making some new friends. Saying goodbye isn't easy, but in this insightful, spirited debut novel Emma finds ways to hold on to what is truly important.

About Nancy Steele Brokaw

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Nancy Steele Brokaw lives in Bloomington, Illinois.
Published April 19, 1999 by Clarion Books. 144 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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The first chapter of this well-written novel may be the best, attracting readers to the story of an only child whose special friend Tem is moving away.

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But reactions from Emma's mother, showing similar angst, sound artificial (when she hears Tem is leaving town, Emma's mother says, ""Oh, dear, oh dear....

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