Emma Freke was born different. Her name is embarrassing (Come on…say it out loud). She looks like no one in her family- with dull red hair and drab features. And she is smart, way smarter than other kids her age. Oh, and did I forget to mention she is twelve years old and six feet fall? Emma feels, well, like a freak. Mostly looked over by her New Age mother and with her best (and only) friend leaving for the summer, Emma takes a chance and travels alone to Wisconsin to meet a family she has never known at the “Freke Family Reunion.” The trip, although just a couple days, ends up teaching Emma a lot about her past, her family and herself.
I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson is the unique story of a young girls journey to self-discovery just to find that she may just like the self she already knows. You will cheer and applaud Emma as she discovers that being different isn’t always so bad and that maybe, after all is said and done, there are benefits to being a Freke.
-Reviewed by Ericka