Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson’s middle grade novels include FROM ALICE TO ZEN, and the very popular I, EMMA FREKE, which was  awarded with several honors including Bank Street College of Education’s BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS, a gold Moonbeam Award, a starred School Library Journal review, an Honor Book Award by the Society of School Librarians International, the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award shortlist, winner of the Sunshine State Young Reader Award, as well as the Ado-Lisant prize in Belgium for the French Edition.  Her most recent novel, THE SUGAR MOUNTAIN SNOW BALL, is being celebrated for its charming candor and compassion surrounding multicultural themes set in a classic New England village. Her next novel, THE ISLAND OF BEYOND, will be available April, 2016. Raised in Harvard, Massachusetts, Elizabeth currently divides her time between Newburyport and western Maine. Her favorite part of writing novels for children is visiting (or skyping with) schools, libraries, book clubs, etc. and offering fun, interactive writing workshops to middle grade students. Please visit www.elizabethatkinson.com to learn more.
From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822572718
Availability: Special Order
Published: Carolrhoda Books - March 1st, 2008

Alice likes playing soccer and working on her go-kart with her dad. But when she moves to the suburbs, she learns from Zen, the boy down the street, that she has no hope of fitting in at her new middle school unless she starts acting more "like a girl." At first, Alice doesn't mind that she isn't just like Haley and Yvette, the school's reigning princesses. Then she realizes that being different can set you apart...and being friends with someone like Zen can set you way apart. Why does being yourself have to be so complicated?

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ISBN: 9780761356042
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - August 1st, 2010

"I, Emma Freke, am not a freak. Or maybe I am. I just don't know."

What's in a name? I, Emma Freke is a charming search-for-identity story about Emma―the only "normal" member of her quirky family. Her flighty, New Age mom seems to barely have time for a daughter, especially one who annoyingly spoils her mom's youthful façade. Emma's well-meaning grandpa is clueless. And her only friends are the local librarian and a precocious 10-year old adopted by the two old ladies next door.

Smart, shy, and nearly six feet tall, Emma struggles to fit in at school, so she jumps at the opportunity to "home school" until that too turns into another of mom's half-baked ideas.

The real crisis comes when she gets an invitation to The Freke Family Reunion, and her fellow Frekes aren't at all what she expects. While Emma desperately tries to find her niche, she discovers that perhaps it's better to be her own "freak" than someone else's Freke.

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ISBN: 9781939017710
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Published: Islandport Press - October 6th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781467781169
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - April 1st, 2016