Emma Woods knows just how to fix all her peers’ problems-or so she thinks-in this first book in the brand-new middle grade series Ask Emma, from the bestselling creators behind the Cupcake Club series! When 13-year-old Emma Woods gets that tingling feeling in her fingertips, she knows she’s on to a great idea-and starting an advice blog for her classmates at Austen Middle may be one of her most brilliant ones yet! Who better to give advice on friendship, style, school, and even crushes than someone who’s going through it too? But when Ask Emma goes live, she quickly realizes not everyone sees it that way. Suddenly, Emma is bombarded with peers asking her to help them postpone quizzes, get out of detention, and cut gym class short. This wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. . . .What’s worse, someone is posting hurtful comments, telling her to mind her own business. Despite her good intentions, Emma’s blog seems to only be getting her-and her friends–deeper and deeper into trouble. Will Ask Emma come to an end before it’s really begun? Or can Emma find her voice, write what’s in her heart, and truly stand up for what she believes in? This book will include an appendix on cyberbullying resources.
A New York Times-bestselling author several times over, Sheryl Berk is most proud of the dozens of books she has co-written with her daughter, Carrie, including The Cupcake Club and Fashion Academy series. Ask Emma is their third collaboration. A renowned celebrity ghostwriter, Sheryl has worked with Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Jack & Jack, Matthew Espinosa, Zendaya, Britney Spears, and others. Her number-one bestseller, Soul Surfer with Bethany Hamilton, was adapted into a major motion picture.
How did you come up with the idea for Ask Emma?
When I was 12-years-old, I was cyberbullied on social media. A few times, when I was feeling proud of a photo I posted on my Instagram feed, someone tried to knock me down with mean comments, writing “You’re ugly” and “You’re not talented” for everyone to see. Around the same time, I watched the movie Clueless for the first time with my mom. As the credits rolled, I told my mom how I really loved the film but thought it was a little outdated. In today’s world, I could envision Cher as an advice blogger. My mom loves Jane Austen’s Emma (which Clueless is based on), so we decided to combine our interests into Ask Emma, about a middle school advice blogger who wants to fix her peers’ problems but winds up facing online bullies. The words are written straight from my heart and soul, which is why I feel that tweens and teens can relate so much to Emma.