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Francie

Karen English

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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Praise for Francie

"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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Karen English

  • Karen English has written several picture books and Strawberry Moon, her second novel. She lives in Richmond, California.
  • Karen English Copyright Yervard / Royal Photography
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Francie

Karen English

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