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Me & Emma | [Elizabeth Flock]

Me & Emma

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.
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Publisher's Summary

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

By turns achingly naive and utterly pragmatic, Carrie has been shaped by the loss of her beloved daddy and by a drunken stepfather and her emotionally absent mother. Charting an astonishing course of survival for herself and Emma, she hopes to transform their lives into one more closely resembling the storybooks she treasures.

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

Narrated with the simplicity and unabashed honesty of a child's perspective, Me & Emma is a vivid portrayal of heartbreaking loss of innocence, an indomitable spirit, and incredible courage, a story that will resonate with readers long after they've heard the final sentence.

©2004 Elizabeth Flock; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"Tremendously touching." (Kirkus Review)
"Captivating. Haunting. You'll hit the last page and want to go back to the beginning. Elizabeth Flock is one to watch." (bookreporter.com)

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    AmazonShopper 08-13-08
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    "Amazing Book"

    I fell in love with Carrie & Emma very early in the book. The ending was shocking, but I'm glad I hadn't read the other reviews or I would have been trying to figure out the "twist". There was a stark realism to what they endured that made be believe I was getting a real glimpse into the lives of abused children. I was rooting for them and found the ending a mix of satisfying & disturbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 02-25-08
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 02-25-08 Listener Since 2003

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    "Haunting"

    A haunting story brilliantly read. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 03-07-07
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 03-07-07 Member Since 2010

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    "Stunning"

    I had no idea what I was getting into when I bought this book, thought it might be like My Sister's Keeper. It was fabulous. It touched me more than any book I've read in a long time, and will stick with me for a long, long time. The narrator is absolutely superb. This would be a perfect book for a book club discussion group. I wanted to talk about it all the time, but to try to describe to someone who hadn't read it would have been impossible.

    Thank you, Elizabeth Flock and your wonderful young narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kassie Kansas City, MO, USA 02-01-07
    Kassie Kansas City, MO, USA 02-01-07
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    "Loved It"

    This is a wonderful book! The characters are so well written. Especially the main character, she captures your full attention from the first page! And what an ending!! The story moves along pretty well and holds your interest, and the reader, Cassandra Morris was the perfect choice for a narrator. Read this book, you will not be disappointed!

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    lbauck 01-23-07
    lbauck 01-23-07
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    "A Dark Story"

    This very sad story is compelling. I kept reading hoping that Emma would have something good happen to her. Be prepared for the ending. It's not a story I'll forget soon, but I don't want to revisit it. I don't want to give away the end so I'll just say Emma will stay with me a long time.

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    Robert cypress, TX, USA 08-14-06
    Robert cypress, TX, USA 08-14-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Sad"

    I found this story very sad. It is told from the point of view of a child dealing with very adult issues. You can't help but to fall in love with the young characters and want everything to turn out for the best. For me, I was disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen FROSTBURG, MD, United States 06-30-06
    Ellen FROSTBURG, MD, United States 06-30-06
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    "It grows on you"

    I initially found the narrator's reading extremely annoying, but grew to appreciate its nuances and style. There's a bit of repetition in the novel--I think it would be improved by some careful editing--but the problem is not big enough to affect one's enjoyment. I'd recommend this one highly, as I found it engaging and memorable

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    Jaymie Winamac, IN, USA 05-11-06
    Jaymie Winamac, IN, USA 05-11-06
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    "Very surprising ending"

    I really did like this book although I thinks parts of it dragged on. The narration was superb. It is so sad an the ending was not what I thought at all. I really recommend this book.

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    "wonderful piece of work"

    I love it. the twists are hidden well. I had to read this again to make sure I'm on the right track. this book is tremendously one of the best plotted stories ever. !!!

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    "Interesting story, although sad."

    If you enjoy stories from a child's perspective, you will probably like this story. A better narrator could not have been chosen for this book, Lauren Davis sounds like a young girl and the accent is perfect. The subject matter is dark, but the main character " Carrie " is such a sweet girl you can't help but feel sorry for her for all she has to goes through. If you like "Me & Emma" then you will want to read the sequel, "What Happened to My Sister" . Unfortunately the same narrator is not used, although the narrator of the sequel is ok, she's not Lauren Davis who is probably one of the best narrators available to do a young child's voice.

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