Francie

Karen English

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A distinctive new voice in children's fiction

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, first-time novelist Karen English completes Francie's world using lively vernacular and a wide array of flesh-and-blood characters.
 
Francie is a 2000 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

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  Francie
TreasureI did something to that cat, I admit it. But that cat did something to me first.All year we’ve been washing clothes every weekend at Miss Beach’s Boarding House for Colored-Mama and I. All year that cat’s had something against me.Saturday morning, we went there to wash the linens. I could see Miss Beach sitting on her porch glider as we came up the hill toward her large white three-story house. She had that cat on her lap. Treasure. He’d scratched me four times alreadyThere he sat with his fat orange caterpillar tail swishing slowly back and forth

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"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
 
"Set sometime during the Truman administration, this portrait of a 12-year-old black girl in Alabama is a model of economy. Karen English compresses worlds of feeling and experience into every sequence of her first novel, offering readers not just a good diversion but an opportunity to try on someone else's skin." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Francie's smooth-flowing, well-paced narration is gently assisted by just the right touch of the vernacular. Characterization is evenhanded and believable, while place and time envelop readers. The message that one must rise out of oppression and actively seek a better life is a good one." --Starred, School Library Journal

"A keenly perceptive and gutsy heroine." --Starred, Publishers Weekly

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Karen English

Karen English has written several picture books and Strawberry Moon, her second novel. She lives in Richmond, California.

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Francie
Karen English

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Coretta Scott King Honor, Author, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NYPLC Children's Books 100

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2007
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ISBN: 9781429929646
ISBN10: 1429929642
Middle-Grade Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374324568
ISBN10: 0374324565
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 660LL
F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 2121
AR Points: 6

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December 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312373832
ISBN10: 031237383X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 660LL
F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 2121
AR Points: 6

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