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Nothing is better than receiving mail from enthusiastic readers – and I answer every letter and email. So if you haven’t heard from me, please try again, because I must have missed it.
A few months ago, I, EMMA FREKE, was nominated for the prestigious Rebecca Caudill 2014 Award in the great state of Illinois!
Consequently, I’ve been receiving lots of wonderful messages from students, teachers, and librarians from all over that friendly state. I had hoped to take a mini tour through the region, but instead, I’ve skyped with some of you which has been fun too – my dog, Obi, steals the show!
While most letters are short and sweet and very lovely, once in a while an individual takes the time to really express him/herself.
I’d like to share two particularly charming notes (with their permission):
(Fabulous Letter 11/22/13)
Dear Ms. Atkinson,
We have just finished reading I, Emma Freke as a read aloud book. We LOVED the book and were sorry when it ended. Some favorite characters that we enjoyed included Penelope (her energy and her confidence), Fred (mysterious and hilarious), Donatella (a hot mess who just became a mess), Nonno (lazy with an amazing dog), Eggplant (weird name and the farts), Emma (how she changed, her shyness), Wanda (wild motorcycle rebel woman), and Aunt Pat (TOOO loving, mental).
As a class, we look forward to a sequel. Some suggestions for the book include:
-A new story from Fred’s point of view
-A continuation that includes Penelope’s new baby sister getting older.
-Emma going to Ohio to visit with Walter
-A future reunion with the Frecky/Frekes
-A version with Emma going with Penelope on her summer vacation.
-What Christmas was like with Fred and Abby coming to Homeport.
-Her new 8 person class and what they are like.
-More about the “real” history of Boris Horace (not Aunt Pat’s fake history).
We will look forward to the sequel!
We did have just a few questions.
-On the cover, we never figured out what the pink feathers meant? Did it signify that she was once an ugly duckling? That she was now light as a feather? We want to know!
-Why did you choose a bead shop as the work place?
-If you’re not working on a sequel, what is your next book going to be about?
Thank you for giving us a story that made us think, made us laugh, and taught us that we all, are in our own way, Frekes.
Mr. Van Vooren’s Class
(Another Fabulous Letter 11/30/13)
Hello! My name is Lucy and I love to write to my favorite authors. I write to them and then they write to me sometimes. Like, I’ve written to 6 and 5 have responded, one twice. I love to read and I have read your I, Emma Freke masterpiece. It is one of the best books I have ever read, and I have read 62 books over this past summer alone!
It was very creative of you to think up Emma’s name. What gave you the idea? My favorite part is when Emma meets her long lost cousins; especially Fred!! A camping family reunion is the perfect touch! I love the name Freke and “Frecky”. How did you come up with a bead shop?! I love it! The book makes perfect sense, which I love! I recommended this book to all my friends, and thoses who read it, adored it as well! Thank you for delighting us all!
Now, a litte about myself. I am eleven years old and in 6th grade at Roanoke Benson Junior High. As you know, I love to read, as well as write, and play sports. I find writing in language class a delight. I also adore hanging out with dogs. Our family has a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Angus- he’s huge- and I got a Dashchund for my birthday in 2012- Pretzel. (There is a book by H. A. Rey about a dashchund who could stretch himself in to a pretzel.) I would looove to become a famous author like you. I live in a farmhouse on a small farm in a small town.
Thank you again for an astonishing book! I will read more of your books and will keep an eye out for your sequel to I, Emma Freke. I admire you more than you can imagine, and I would do so more it you responded.
Thank you again,
Speaking for many authors, this can be a very quiet, lonely occupation at times ~ your letters inspire us to keep plotting, so keep writing! Thank you to everyone, and especially my readers in Illinois, for taking the time out of your busy lives to thank me.