I, Emma Freke


Sunshine State Young Reader Award 2015!

2015 Ado- Lisant Prize for French edition!

Nominated Rebecca Caudill Award 2014

Scholastic Book Flyer (Arrow) – 2013

French Edition of I EMMA F released – 2012

Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) Honor Book Award – 2011

Bank Street College – Best Children’s Books 2011

Gold Medal Winner- Moonbeam Award 2010

*School Library Journal “starred” Review

“Atkinson deftly portrays the intense self-consciousness that is an inherent part of the transition between childhood and adolescence.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Carolrhoda Books, A Division of LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP (Ages 9 – 12)

I, EMMA FREKE the Movie?


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*SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review):

“Emma is resigned to the seeming reality that her name, spoken aloud, is her identity. Just 12, bright and nearly six feet tall, she feels invisible at school in her New England coastal town. Her mother, Donatella, owns a bead shop, and the many beads in her shop, with individual shapes, colors, and origins, are an apt metaphor for the novel’s cast of varied characters…. A well-paced story told with heart and humor.”


“With vibrant red hair, an extraordinary intellect and a height of nearly six feet, 12-year-old Emma feels out of sync with peers and life in general… Atkinson deftly portrays the intense self-consciousness that is an inherent part of the transition between childhood and adolescence…  How [Emma] reconciles the disparate halves of both her personality and her extended family becomes a poignant journey of self-discovery. (Fiction. 9-13)”


“Twelve-year-old Emma doesn’t fit in–not at school and certainly not at home with her kooky mother and kind-of-out-of-it Italian grandfather. When she attends the annual Freke family reunion hoping to find people just like her, Emma learns that being an individual isn’t so bad. Atkinson s account of Emma s journey to self-discovery is sincere and relatable.”


“Out of place and invisible at school and, apparently, at home, where she is in charge of most chores and the family bead store, 12-year-old Emma rues her excessive height and skinniness, her red hair, and, most of all, her name… This rich story of self-acceptance offers readers much to think about: contrasting family patterns, appropriate schooling for very bright children, conformity, and respecting differences. The first-person narrative moves along briskly, with believable dialogue and plenty of humor. Gently poking fun at the Wisconsin Frekes, the author also shows why Emma appreciates them. Readers will certainly sympathize with and root for Emma and celebrate the story’s satisfying ending.”