12yr old Emma is the tallest girl in her school 5 ft 10 in, and her full name Emma Freke sounds like Am a freak. This was one of those books with funny characters and funnier moments that I love.
Emma lives with her mother Donatella, her grandfather Nonno and his old dog, eggplant. Donatella owns a bead shop but Emma does most of the work. Donatella believes in a lassisez - faire approach to parenting. Emma and Donatella are nothing alike and there isn't more of a resemblance. So when Emma's best friend Penelope who is adopted, asked Emma if she may be adopted as well its seems more possible then not.
Though Emma isn't adopted she simply takes after her father's side of the family. Emma has never meet her father and knows nothing about his family. Donatella lets Emma go to the annual Freke family reunion in Wisconin. Amongst the Freke's Emma no longer stands out, and she learns a lot about her father's side of the family and herself.
This was one of those books with funny characters and funnier moments that I love falling into. I, Emma Freke works so well, because Atkinson, establishes Emma's voice from the very beginning and the dialogue is great. Penelope has two moms and it not a big deal, it simply is.
Check out the excerpt to get a glimpse of Emma.
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