Karen English is the author of many children’s books, including Speak to Me (And I Will Listen between the Lines), which was a School Library Journal Best Book of 2004. She lives in Richmond, California.
"Francie and her mother and younger brother believe that their days in rural Alabama in the early 1950s will soon be behind them: their father has promised to send for them when his job as a Pullman porter in Chicago permits it. In the meantime, Francie suffers constant injustices...Readers will cheer Francie and her brave mother." --The Horn Book
Francie is a 2000 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.