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Friday, December 4, 2015

I, Emma Freke

I, Emma Freke tells the tale of a young girl who feels like an outcast at school and at home. She doesn't fit in with her classmates and her single-mother acts more like a friend than a parent. Plus with a last name like Freke, it only makes her first name more unbearable. (say it with me I - Am - A - Freak) So it's no wonder she jumps at the chance to get away from it all with her father's family who she's never met.

This is the book that the middle school is reading as our second quarter One School One Book title. Students and staff can access the book via the library's FollettShelf or get a paper copy from the library (limited supply). Everyone at the middle school is encouraged to read it and talk about it with classmates and adults in the building.

After reading the book, staff and students can complete a short activity in the library pertaining to the book and be entered into a prize drawing. A student from each grade level will win a nano quadcopter drone, and staff will have the chance to win a a box of magnetic poetry.

The book must be read and activities completed by Jan 15.

Building communities through reading is a powerful thing. The One School One Book program helps build a lexicon of common texts that students and staff can discuss and build upon. This is similar to Star Wars being a touchstone for many pop culture ideas. We would like students to be exposed to and be able to discuss different forms and ideas in literature. Our first quarter book, Juice, was a sports book about the dangers of steroids and following along without questioning authority. Our second quarter book, I, Emma Freke, focuses on being true to yourself and finding the joy in our own life. Hopefully future titles will help support out community of readers at the middle school. 

If you have questions about the One School One Book program please contact me at aolson{at}scc.k12.wi.us.

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