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Francie

Francie

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Francie lives with her mother and younger brother, Prez, in rural Alabama, where all three work and wait. Francie's father is trying to get settled in Chicago so he can move his family up North. Unfortunately, he's made promises he hasn't kept, and Francie painfully learns that her dreams of starting junior high school in an integrated urban classroom will go unfulfilled. Amid the day-to-day grind of working odd jobs for wealthy white folks on the other side of town, Francie becomes involved in helping a framed young black man to escape arrest--a brave gesture, but one that puts the entire black community in danger. In this vivid portrait of a girl in the pre-civil rights era South, Karen English completes Francie's world using lively vernacular and a wide array of flesh-and-blood characters.

Francie is a Coretta Scott King Honor book.

Author: Karen English
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: 12/26/2007
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780312373832

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.2
Point Value: 6
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 2121 / Francie

About the Author

Karen English is the author of many children's books, including Speak to Me (And I Will Listen Between the Lines), which was an SLJ Best Book of 2004. Her book The Baby on the Way, illustrated by Sean Qualls, was published in Fall 2005. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


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