Ask Emma Book Interview with Authors Sheryl & Carrie Berk!
BE BRAVE. BE KIND. BE YOU.
Little Bee Books invited my daughter and I to join for a Mother-Daughter interview with the Mother-Daughter writing pair, Sheryl and Carrie Berk!
Today’s world can be a very scary place to grow up in. I know times are changing for the good, but all this social media and online stimulation is not always a good thing for young kids. As many of you know, I have a daughter that is 11, one who is 8, and a son that is almost 6. They are all good kids that are being brought up to enjoy outdoor play, dolls, toys, and occasional electronic gaming.
Shocker–My kids are actually the minority at school because they do not have phones or social media accounts. I just don’t think kids have a reason to be using them until they are old enough to know better.
Surprise! — In fact, I didn’t get my first phone until I was 19, and I took a long hiatus from it until 2 years ago. I have a love/hate relationship with social media and I know how it can be both a blessing and curse in one. Call me old fashioned, but I am trying to shield my kids from cyberbullying for as long as possible.
Sure, my kids appear on this blog, and they even have their own blog –Kenzi and Khloe that fell by the wayside, but it was going to be monitored strictly by me (and will be in the future). My kids witness enough bullying in school, so I do not want them to also be potentially subject to it online.
This brings me to today’s post about the new book series Ask Emma from mother-daughter duo Sheryl and Carrie Berk. We were sent two copies so that my daughter Kenzi and I could read it simultaneously and share our thoughts with each other. Let’s just say that we both read it in just 3 hours! Yes, this book is *that* good and entertaining!
About Ask Emma:
About Ask Emma:
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?
About the Authors
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.
At only fifteen years old, Carrie Berk is already a bestselling children’s book author, playwright, dancer, singer, actor, model and lifestyle blogger.
Kenzi & I’s thoughts on the book & some interview excerpts
A few reflections on the book are that we both loved the story line, the characters, and we both thought Jackson was so mysterious, and most likely a babe..haha. Kenzi also was really inspired to start her blog entries thanks to Emma. While she will not be hosting an advice blog she does have a love for kid’s crafts, toys, and tween girl stuff. She will be entering public middle school next year so she was also enlightened (and saddened) to how bullying can be so hurtful, and done so easily online.
We were both relieved at the end of the book when everyone became friends again and apologized. It was a shock to learn that mysterious Jackson left his old school due to bullying. Overall, we both can agree that the book was amazing and I truly recommend every mother and daughter of a tween child reads it. We both cannot wait to read more!
It was so fun to go a step further and have a chance to interview Sheryl and Carrie. We learned about their inspiration for the book, and how Carrie was inspired by her favorite movie, Clueless to set the Ask Emma storyline into play.
A few reflections on the book are that we both loved the story line, the characters, and we both thought Jackson was so mysterious, and most likely a babe..haha. Kenzi also was really inspired to start her blog entries thanks to Emma. While she will not be hosting an advice blog, she does have a love for kid’s crafts, toys, and tween girl stuff. She will be entering public middle school next year, so she was also enlightened (and saddened) to learn how bullying can be so hurtful and done so easily online.
We were both relieved at the end of the book when everyone became friends again and apologized. It was a shock to learn that mysterious Jackson left his old school due to bullying. Overall, we both can agree that the book was amazing, and I truly recommend every mother and daughter of a tween child reads it. We both cannot wait to read more!
It was so fun to go a step further and have a chance to interview Sheryl and Carrie. We learned about their inspiration for the book, and how Carrie was inspired by her favorite movie, Clueless, to set the Ask Emma storyline into play.
Kenzi and I got a chance to ask two questions to the authors. Below is just a little blurb from Sheryl & Carrie’s thoughtful responses:
Kenzi: Why did you choose the setting to be middle school instead of high school?
Carrie: I feel like I was first exposed to bullying and cyberbullying when I was in middle school. That’s when I first experienced it. Actually, I was 12 years old. I don’t know if you got to see my blog on nobully.org, but I had an experience with a boy who messaged me on social media when I was in 8th grade, in middle school, and he said that he wanted to get to know me better. At the time, I didn’t know any better, so I got to know the guy really well and we fell in love, quote unquote. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to end that relationship abruptly. He wasn’t ready to let go, and he enlisted a few of his friends to cyberbully me and send me all these cruel, insulting messages about my character, about things that weren’t true, and started spreading all these rude messages about me from different phone numbers and Instagram accounts…
Amy: (For Carrie) I was wondering, do you get people in school asking you for advice since you came out with the book Ask Emma?
Carrie: No. I wish. I actually get the opposite. I feel like I still experience a lot of jealousy in school. People don’t really understand what I’m doing.
No one’s sitting in the library at school writing all the time. They’re socializing and running around and playing games. I feel like I’m kind of misunderstood in a way, but I rely on the younger generation. I feel like they really understand, and they look up to me and keep me going and smiling…
Overall, Kenzi and I loved the interview and the chance to pick both Carrie & Sheryl’s brain. It was so fun to get to know their writing style, and how they work together so beautifully to produce award-winning books!