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ISBN: 9781250143006368 Pages, Ages 13-18
Shivaun Plozza’s debut novel, Frankie, is a genre-hopping, darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself, and falling in love
Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend, or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances.
When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes, a criminal record, and secrets of his own.
Frankie's search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.
“Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart.” —Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta, author of The Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca
“Don’t tell him where you live. Don’t give him any money. Don’t trust a word he says.” That’s what Aunt Vinnie said about Xavier.
“How bad can a fourteen-year-old be?” I asked her.
That got a throaty “Ha!...
Praise for Frankie
Nominated to ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List
Shortlisted for the Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and the 2017 Gold Inky Award
Winner of the 2017 Sisters in Crime Davitt Award (YA)
“Readers will love Frankie for her courage, passion, and honesty as a narrator, and supporting characters are equally well-drawn. A powerful debut about a girl learning to love despite the dangers.” —ALA Booklist
“Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart.” —Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta, author of Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca
“Frankie will make you laugh till it hurts and then she’ll break your heart. Spoiler alert: it may be with a welding gun or the collected works of Shakespeare. But no matter what she throws at you, you’ll want to keep rooting her on to the bitter end.” —Morris Award Finalist Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, author of The Smell of Other People's Houses
“A gritty, darkly witty debut.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Original, and often obscenely funny. I frequently laughed aloud while reading Frankie.” —Australian Book Review
“This is a great debut novel from a fantastic new Australian author. It has everything YA fiction needs to be captivating: mystery, tough women, annoyingly cute bad boys, sarcasm, and humor. Highly recommended.” —Readings Monthly