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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Atkinson Narrator: Ali Ahn Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781449866822
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“I, Emma Freke, am not a freak. Or maybe I am. I just don’t know.”

What’s in a name? I, Emma Freke is a charming search-for-identity story about Emma?the only “normal” member of her quirky family. Her flighty, New Age mom seems to barely have time for a daughter, especially one who annoyingly spoils her mom’s youthful façade. Emma’s well-meaning grandpa is clueless. And her only friends are the local librarian and a precocious ten-year old adopted by the two old ladies next door.

Smart, shy, and nearly six feet tall, Emma struggles to fit in at school, so she jumps at the opportunity to “home school” until that too turns into another of mom’s half-baked ideas.

The real crisis comes when she gets an invitation to the Freke Family Reunion, and her fellow Frekes aren’t at all what she expects. While Emma desperately tries to find her niche, she discovers that perhaps it’s better to be her own “freak” than someone else’s Freke.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lively novel with an empathetic, well-drawn heroine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-paced story told with heart and humor.”

    School Library Journal
  • “Readers will certainly sympathize with and root for Emma and celebrate the story’s satisfying ending.”


  • “Ahn’s spot-on vocal performance takes listeners through the highs and lows of Emma’s life.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megrarian | 5/23/2011

    " Great read. Loved the character of Emma. Another nice tale for kids to know they are not alone when they feel like they just don't fit in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/20/2011

    " Not so bad I stopped reading, not so good that I was excited to read it. A solid Meh. I'm not even inspired enough by dislike or excitement to write a proper description and review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/8/2011

    " A really nice story about acceptance and finding your own identity. I enjoyed the characters, especially Emma's best friend Penelope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/20/2011

    " Was an interesting book about coming of age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 2/15/2011

    " The lovely story of Emma Freke, a shy, tall sixth grader who feels out of place all the time. She's never known anything about her father and then gets invited to the annual Freke reunion in Wisconsin. Her journey brings new friends and her own transformation. Delightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenille | 2/5/2011

    " Beautiful story of self acceptance . . . I think I'm going to make a Joylah poster for my bathroom mirror! "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson is the author of Monster Vehicles, From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between, GLEE!: An Easy Guide to Gluten-Free Independence, and I, Emma Freke. She has worked as a copy editor, editorial assistant, English instructor, and children’s librarian. She currently lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Ali Ahn is a film, television, and voice actor. Her acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Ugly Betty, White Collar, and Zero Hour. She has also narrated numerous audio books, such as Honolulu by Alan Brennert, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.