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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.
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Critic Reviews

"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." (
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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 10-02-08


After having only finished listening to this book three days ago, I've started to listen to it again.
The author did an astounding job at capturing the emotions of an abused child. I was completely enchanted with the main character from the very beginning. In part because of the wonderful narration. This however, is not a feel good book. It is gripping, enlightening, and poignant, but it is also dark, and sometimes painful to listen to due to the subject matter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela Harvey on 04-10-08

Brilliant but Disturbing

This book is brilliantly written and read but to me it was scarier than the most gruesome works in the "horror" genre. Just a warning, if you are sensitive to emotional issues from childhood, reading this book may be difficult. It was certainly not an escape to a "nice read". It was hard for me. The story is compelling, as others have said, and the ending is hopeful but I had to pace myself and read it only when in a good place with my head. It just seems like the tip of the iceberg in terms of what goes on in families that make poor choices and then have children, and opens one's eyes to the plight of so many abused and under-resourced young people in this country.

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