I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson

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More About I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson
  • ISBN-13: 9780761356042
  • ISBN-10: 0761356045
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
  • Publish Date: August 2010
  • Page Count: 234
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-13
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.76 pounds

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-10-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Having a weird name isn't the only reason 12-year-old Emma Freke ("Like, if you say it slowly, Am a Freak") feels like an outcast. She's taller and more intellectually advanced than her peers; she knows little of her father except his name; and she's nothing like her flighty single mother. When Emma has the opportunity to meet the "Freke" side of her family at a reunion, she jumps at the chance, thinking she will finally meet people to whom she can relate. But fitting in with the Frekes--a motley crew of Midwesterners dedicated to keeping the memory of a frontier ancestor alive--has its drawbacks. Atkinson (From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between) has written a lively novel with an empathetic, well-drawn heroine, but other aspects of the story--like Emma being allowed to travel from Massachusetts to Wisconsin on her own to meet a group of people she doesn't know--strain belief. Characterizations of Emma's eccentric relatives (on both sides of her family) feel as forced as her "just be yourself" realization does preordained. Ages 9–13. (Nov.)

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