American Girl: Like Sisters #1: Emma Moves In

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Clare Hutton
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781338115017
Pages: 188

Normally, Emma loves every single moment with her twin cousins, Natalia and Zoe. But things change when Emma's mom and Natalia and Zoe's mom decide to fix up their mom's old house and transform it into a bed and breakfast. Emma has a hard time adjusting to living with so many people, attending a new school, and making new friends. Plus, she misses her dad, who had to stay behind and tie up some lose ends. When the twins' friend who doesn't seem to like Emma ends up in their English class group project, they figure out how to make things work, use all of their talents, and eventually, become friends. Emma learns that family is forever, communication is key, and that stressing out doesn't help anything.

This book is a great book for tween girls and contains themes of friendship and strong family ties. It portrays a family of three generations living in the same home. Twins and only children are portrayed in this book, which means twins and only children will especially relate to the story because of the conflicts and conveniences that come with those experiences. This book is a relatively short read, but the conflicts don't get resolved until the very end of the book. The drama that comes with being a tween girl is made very evident through the chapters of Like Sisters: Emma Moves In. This book is the first this series about cousins, Emma, Natalia, and Zoe.