I, Emma Freke

By Elizabeth Atkinson

Sometimes you're only a freak if you believe you are. Emma's story is a charming, quirky tale of a girl finding her niche.

I, Emma Freke is a charming middle-grade search-for-identity story. Emma Freke (say it out loud, "Am a Freak") is the only "normal" member of her unusual family. Her mother is a flightly, New Agey-type who doesn't seem to have time for a daughter, especially one who makes it impossible to maintain the fayade that she is young. Emma's grandfather is well meaning but ultimately clueless. School is a bit of a disaster for Emma since she's smart and shy and almost six feet tall. Her only friend is a precocious ten year old, adopted from Africa by two older woman next door. Emma's tries desperately to find her niche and convince herself she's not a freak, despite her name. When Emma's mother decides out of the blue to "home school" Emma, she jumps at the chance. It quickly becomes clear, though, that this is another one of her mom's half-baked ideas, and it looks like a disaster until a hip young librarian takes pity on Emma. School lets out and the real crisis comes when she gets an invitation to the Freke Family Reunion, where Emma discovers that she's more than her name.

  • This classic, universally appealing tale of trying to fit in features a sympathetic, funny 12-year-old protagonist.

About the author

Elizabeth Atkinson has been an editor, a children's librarian, an English teacher, and a newspaper columnist. She lives in West Newbury, MA. Visit her on the web at

ISBN: 9780761385004
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Dimensions: 133 x 191mm, 240pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

Last updated on 27/10/19 at 22:09:39
Copyright © 2007 Walker Books Australia. All rights reserved.