Fall 2023

The Beach Dilemma

From the Series Emma Just Medium

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Middle-kid Emma is stuck between her two brothers, again.

She has to ride in the middle seat as her family heads out on a weeklong beach vacation with friends, where Emma knows that being just medium will only get worse! Then she has an idea. What if she could get out of being in the middle by taking on a new role? What if she acted BIG? Will Emma’s plan work, or will she have another huge dilEmma?

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Red Chair Press
Imprint One Elm Books
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013070, JUV039140, JUV019000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 6 x 8
Lexile 580
Guided Reading Level O
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Laura Wiltse Prior

Laura Wiltse Prior is a middle grade author who loves cookie dough, reading, and tennis. She lives and writes in Connecticut with her husband and three kids, the inspiration for her stories.

Illustrator: Marta Kissi

Marta Kissi lives and works in London. She earned a BA at Kingston University and MA at the Royal College of Art. Her favorite part of being an illustrator is designing the characters—especially the villains!

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Emma Just Medium

Even though her family calls her Emma Bemma, Emma knows she is really a dilEmma. The middle kid between her two brothers, whom everyone calls Big and Little, Emma is just Medium. Big thinks he’s the coolest kid on the planet now that he’s ten. He… View available downloads →

Emma Just Medium

Even though her family calls her Emma Bemma, Emma knows she is really a dilEmma. The middle kid between her two brothers, whom everyone calls Big and Little, Emma is just Medium. Big thinks he’s the coolest kid on the planet now that he’s ten. He… View available downloads →

Awards

  • 2023 Outstanding Works of Literature Award, Winner, 2023

Reviews

Foreword Reviews

“Clear episodes capture [the protagonist’s] realistic feelings and infuse her childhood shortcomings and tender worries with wisdom. In the family-driven chapter book The Beach Dilemma, a girl learns that in-between can be a gift—and the right place to be.”—Foreword Reviews