Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr Emma is resigned to the seeming reality that her name, spoken aloud, is her identity. Just 12, bright and. I, Emma Freke. EMMA · Sunshine State Young Reader Award ! “Emma is resigned to the seeming reality that her name, spoken aloud, is her identity. I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson is an exceptional book. Have you ever been called weird or different? Emma’s life is exceptionally hard.

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Gently poking fun at the Wisconsin Frekes, the author also shows why Emma appreciates them. When she’s invited to attend a family reunion by the Freke side of the family, she thinks everything will be explained once she meets these long lost relatives. W Emma, who is just turning twelve, just doesn’t fit in with kids her age. My Daughter loved this book. But more often than not, I realize that I can still appreciate and remember the clicks in high school and the outsiders.

Remember those horrible in-between years where you wore glasses and braces, and you basically looked like a little wombat in clothes? At the end of some sentences, she’d put both sets of punctuation, or double it.

Ekma you’ve ever attended a family reunion, those chapters might cause you to shout out, “It’s just like that!

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A fast ejma about identity and freedom and self-respect, frekf everything I hoped it would be and more. Elizabeth Atkinson packs her novel to the top with issues. Emma’s mum wasn’t the best – she acted like a petulant teen most of the time – but I liked that she had her back when it mattered. They said that Emma is in 6th grade and has been absent a few days without a word.


A book that I would pass on to both my older and younger readers for very different reasons. I was confused, however, at the reasons why he was deemed ‘unspeakable’. With moments of cringe-worthy hilarity, sweet sensitivity to Emma’s young age frreke personality, the author,Elizabeth Atkinson, cleverly weaves us along Emma’s journey to self-discovery with her.

My daughter really loved this book. The reunion proves to be a life-changing weekend, for Emma connects with cousins who look like her, gains a sense of belonging, and discovers her surname rhymes with Becky.

While her situation is unique, it represents what all tweens go through. But surprises await Emma, and she’s not sure if being someone else’s Freke is right for her.

One quibble with the jacket art – this girl does not look like a long and lean 6-footer to me, and I can’t imagine why Emma would jump and toss her hair in quite this odd manner. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Penelope and Fred are minor stars of the novel, becoming some of the MOST interesting, dynamic and supportive friends that I’ve seen portrayed in middle grade literature.

We are all trying to find our own special place in our families and in the world. So when Emma’s best friend Penelope who is adopted, asked Emma if she may be adopted as well its seems more possible then not. May 12, Fruitloopz rated it it was amazing. A very cute story! While Emma desperately tries to find her niche, she discovers that perhaps it’s better to be her own “freak” than someone else’s Freke.


Will they be nice? I loved the plot, the voice, and the characters are thoroughly detailed they are virtually human. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Great story about being true to who you are and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson

Emma was a gem. The book, along with its funny title, is a joyful experience for anyone of all ages. Although I really enjoyed the book and the message it was trying to convey, I couldn’t connect with the characters or many of the situations they were put into. I, Emma Freke is a wonderful, descriptive, very realistic book. Hardcoverpages. Product details File Size: But finally, Emma gets some answers about emmq father, whom she’s never met–and finds herself invited to an annual family reunion for her dad’s side, where she learns that fitting in isn’t always for the best.