I, Emma Freke by E.J. Atkinson
Reviewed By: N.W.
I have to admit I did not want to read "I, Emma Freke" but, I must say, now that I have read it I can say that it is great! The main character,Emma, doesn't fit in at school because she is too tall, too pale, too smart, and too "freakish". Emma has one friend who is a lot younger and runs her mother's bead shop most of the time. Emma gets a "fake" birthday present from her mother, every child's dream, no more school. But Emma's crazy mother, Donatella, didn't arrange it with the school. Emma hates her mother for naming her Emma because it makes her name sound like " Am a Freak". When the summer finally comes Emma takes on challenges, goes on new adventures and finds more about herself than the freak she thinks she is. Most importantly Emma finds her joylah.
Why I Picked it Up: I, Emma Freke is a Rebecca Caudill nominee for 2014 and I want to read all of the nominees for this year.
Why I Finished It: This book was easy to read and I couldn't put it down. I read it cover to cover and I loved it. It has a few words that I had to look up but the context clues gave them away. Overall a very good book!
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who loves realistic fiction and a happily ever after ending.
**Librarian Side Note** As the reviewer mentioned, this is just one of the fantastic 2014 nominees on the Rebecca Caudill list this year. I was also a bit hesitant to read this book, but now that I've read her review, I'm definitely very intrigued!