Emma's Dilemma by Molly McCluskey-Shipman Wins Human Relations Indie Book Director's Choice Award

Emma is certain that everyone in her class won't understand and accept what it means to be adopted.
Can she solve her dilemma?

Online PR News – 09-December-2016 – Kansas City, Kansas – Winner of the Director’s Choice Awards from the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards. Emma's Dilemma Adoption book includes Chinese symbol scavenger hunt, vocabulary study, create-your-own Family tree page, and a page to draw your family.

Molly McCluskey-Shipman understands children. In fact, a student once told her, "You should change your name to Dr. Feel Better; every time I talk to you I feel better." In addition to Emma's Dilemma, Molly is the author of The BIST Bunch, along with various manuals and articles for nonprofit organizations. Molly is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in the State of Kansas and works at Hogan Preparatory Elementary in the Kansas City Area. Molly lives in Kansas City with her teenage daughter, their cat and dog.

"I fell in love with Emma and her imaginative look at families. Who doesn't love a monkey wearing glasses, or an alien on a hoverboard? The illustrations are charming, perfectly bringing to life the author's important message that families come in all shapes and sizes. This is a wonderful story to share with children of all ages who feel that they might not fit in, and it highlights the fears of adopted children especially well. Bravo! to the author for addressing this topic in a heartfelt and child-friendly manner. This book is sure to start the conversation you've been waiting for!"--K.B. Nelson

Emma’s Dilemma provides a simple story for ages 3-9, telling of a young school girl's dilemma over a school-assigned family tree project.

As she contemplates some fantastic solutions to her problem, Emma begins to get a real sense of what the project is actually all about - and an idea of how to handle it by applying some, simple out-of-the-box thinking.

A semi-rhyme structure juxtaposes colorful drawings with pages containing no words, breaking up the usual picture (or early chapter) book structure. Young readers receive all the possibilities in Emma's mind, from monkeys and spaceships to royalty: but no matter how much she muses, she still faces a predicament.

"The answer to her problems lies not in a fertile imagination alone; but in the application of healthy dose of reality: a process that will delight young readers with good fantasy but, in the end, brings it all home - including vocabulary material, discussion questions, a Chinese symbolism game, and more."--D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review