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How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself...and everything she loves?

A.Bello breaks boundaries with this gritty and gripping fantasy novel
Paperback, second , 208 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Hashtag Press (first published June 29th 2012)
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Paige Green
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

Genre: Junior Fantasy

Recommended Age: 13+ (some mature scenes)

Favorite Quote: “She understood if she wanted to live, this was a war she had to be ready for.”

How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself...and everything she loves? A.Bello breaks boundaries with this gritty and gripping fantasy n
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Erika Messer
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love books for young adults and this one was pretty great! In the beginning we first meet Lox, who turns out to be Emily's older brother - but he is running away and is never heard from again. Their mother dies a few years later and then suddenly Emily is 13 years old, stealing and getting into trouble - until she is introduced to Jenny who is a representative of the Osaki Training School where the Five Knights were formed. I get the idea that it's kind of like a school for magical people, whe ...more
Sarah
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a warrior family and in particular, a member of this family, Emily coping with learning to control and master her powers. The book is set in a training camp with the problems and challenges that Emily needs to face and overcome.

The book was really well written with it being really engaging and interesting and I always wanted to read more. However, the book did seem relatively short, being only 170 pages long. The book didn't feature any kind of big battle against any bad guys
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Terri Christie
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this novel in a Goodreads giveaway and am glad I did!

I am giving the book 4 out of 5 because the fact is the story line mirrors Harry Potter, but if you can get past the blaring similarities, odd preteen shipped off to magical school to develop their powers, awkward friends and of course the obnoxious student that constantly harrasses the lead character.

It was a nice read, the first chapter does grab your attention and makes you want to read more. I love the relationship between Emily and
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Helen Lewis
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read a book, designed for teenagers (9-15 year olds) in my 30s and I loved it. It really reminded me of the sort of things that I used to think about, all the time, as a teenage girl...was I fitting in? Did I look the same as everyone else? Was I meeting my parents/peers/family's expectations? Does that boy fancy me?

Besides this teenage plot line, however, is a gritty, interesting and exciting story that is based on a life very different to the 'norm' I grew up in. I
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Rachel
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Knight: I AM was a fantastic book from the start and kept me gripped. Emily was a typical thirteen year old but she had powers, something most thirteen year olds wish they had.
Emily is sent to Osaki Training School which obviously trains her to use her powers.
I am not going to tell you what happens in the book because it would spoil it for those that want to read it but it is very good.
Well written and you will not be able to put it down.
If you like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games then y
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Cheryl
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All teens will recognise the sense of not fitting in, being scared of not living up to their parents' expectations and having their raging hormones take control of their bodies. Throw in some Enid Blytonesque boarding school high jinks and an exciting storyline with evil villains and family dramas and you get a book that will keep teens and pre-teens happily turning the pages.

full review : http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot...
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Cheryl
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one afternoon, reminds me of the Harry Potter books. I felt the book ending was lacking something, unless Ms Bello plans on releasing another "Emily Knight" book soon. ...more
Jessica Bronder
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily Knight is 13 years old and trying to find her place in the world. Her brother disappeared years ago and her father, a great Warrior, left to find him. Her mother dies of cancer and Emily is left with her godparents. To try and get the attention of her father she starts acting out but this backfires and her godparents decide to send her to Osaki Training School to help her learn to use her abilities. There she meets some friends that become close, deal with bullies, learns about her abiliti ...more
Emma
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a fan of fantasy but I loved this, once I got into it I couldn't put it down! I love the diversity of characters too and the fact that Emily is determined and not put down by her failures
This is definitely a book kids should be reading instead of Harry Potter!
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Neeta Oza
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read! With every page I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next - loved it!
Candace (Chaoticfable)
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Book provided by the publisher in exchange for Review

A Wonderful Middle Grade book that deals with many of the issues that they face.
The Main character, Emily Knight, is realistic and believable. She has a weakness, developed from past events, but she isn't completely controlled by it. That is something you don't often see in Middle Grade/ YA literature.
A. Bello knows how to create interesting characters and then develop them in a way that feels like natural progression. The characters in
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Abiola Bello is an author from North London. She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and dragons daily. At aged 12, she invented Emily Knight as she felt there wasn’t any strong, diverse, ethnic characters in Children’s/ YA books.
She is the author of two middle grade fantasy books - Emily Knight I am & Emily Knight I am...Awakened. Her book Emily Knight I am...Becoming is o
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