Franny Parker

Hannah Roberts McKinnon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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“Rings on a tree tell a story,” Franny Parker tells Lucas Dunn. “They tell you about its seasons, if they’ve been plentiful or not.” So far, the rings of Franny’s life have been marked by her family, their farm, their dusty little Oklahoma town – all of it so familiar. But in the summer of her thirteenth year, the Dunns move in next door, harboring painful secrets. From the moment Franny meets Lucas, the two begin a friendship that introduces Franny to the large world beyond her barnyard fence. As their town endures one of the harshest droughts in decades, Franny learns that those in need are not just those others you hear about in church or school; they can be injured wildlife or even the family next door. When her own family suffers a loss, Franny must find the courage to look beyond her sadness to aid a friend in need.

This tender, beautifully written debut novel is the story of a summer full of promises and pain, a season that, although one of the hardest in Franny Parker’s life, turns out to be plentiful.

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When Grandma Rae Parker stole me away to the preacher on the morning of my kidnapped christening, she told him, “Bless this one just a mite bit more, if you will, dear rev­erend. She may be a Parker, but she’s got her mother’s look in the eye.” For that fact I am proud, because what Grandma Rae didn’t understand was that any trait shared with my mother was already blessing enough.
Daddy says Mama is part wolf. Mama’s love has teeth. Like the wolf who carries her pups real gentle in her mouth, then curls her lips back to show a sharp mouthful

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“Franny is a relatable and consistent narrator, the homey rural setting is thoughtfully rendered and the easy prose should appeal to reluctant readers.” —Publishers Weekly

“This debut novel is a poignant, emotional, and beautifully written coming-of-age story.” –Starred, School Library Journal

“Believable dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this promising debut novel.” —Kirkus Reviews


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Hannah Roberts McKinnon

HANNAH ROBERTS MCKINNON lives in Sherman, Connecticut, with her husband and two daughters.

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Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374324698
ISBN10: 0374324697
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 160 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$16.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429947626
ISBN10: 1429947624
Middle-Grade Fiction160 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$9.99
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