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Me & Emma
by Elizabeth Flock

Published: 2012-07-31
Kindle Edition : 320 pages
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In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old—playing make-believe, going to school, dreaming of faraway places. But even in her imagination, she can't pretend away the hardships of her impoverished North Carolina home or protect her younger sister, Emma.

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In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old—playing make-believe, going to school, dreaming of faraway places. But even in her imagination, she can't pretend away the hardships of her impoverished North Carolina home or protect her younger sister, Emma.

As the big sister, Carrie is determined to do anything to keep Emma safe from a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of their drunken stepfather, Richard—abuse their momma can't seem to see, let alone stop.

But after the sisters' plan to run away from home unravels, Carrie's world takes a shocking turn—and one shattering moment ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone reeling.

Editorial Review

The title characters in Me & Emma are very nearly photographic opposites--8-year-old Carrie, the raven-haired narrator, is timid and introverted, while her little sister Emma is a tow-headed powerhouse with no sense of fear. The girls live in a terrible situation: they depend on an unstable mother that has never recovered from her husbandâ??s murder, their stepfather beats them regularly, and they must forage on their own for food.

Stop here and you have a story told many times before, as fiction and nonfiction in tales like Ellen Foster, or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings --stories in which a young girl reveals the horrors of her childhood. Me & Emma differentiates itself with a spectacular finish, shocking the reader and turning the entire story on its head. Through several twists and turns the reader learns that things are not quite the way our narrator led us to believe and everything crescendos in a way that (like all good thrillers) immediately makes you want to go back and read the whole book again from the start. --Victoria Griffith

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quick read
by dvinti (see profile) 03/26/11
This book is a quick read and very interesting indeed. The ending is the best part.

Member Reviews

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  "Good book"by z3mmn (see profile) 03/26/11

 
  "good book"by dvinti (see profile) 03/26/11

This was a very good book. I loved the ending.

 
  "Interesting, heartbreaking"by nikkid1980 (see profile) 05/11/09

 
  "Two little girls living under difficult circumstances."by lnldr (see profile) 03/12/09

The topic of a molested child left with mental problems was disturbing to me but our group did have a good discussion.

 
  "good for discussion, but not pleasant to read"by Stuark (see profile) 03/11/09

well written, but very tedious to read. Many issues to discuss.

 
  "Pretty Interesting!!"by kutelokita (see profile) 10/30/08

I pretty much enjoyed this book. I love that the narrator is an eight-year old girl, who happens to miss her father, who was killed in front of her younger sister. This was definitely a pa... (read more)

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