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Francie Paperback – December 26, 2007

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Francie is happiest up on her hill, bare feet pushed into the cool grass, eating a Scooter Pie, reading a Nancy Drew mystery, and--best of all--waving at "her" train as it heads up the tracks to Birmingham. Life isn't easy being a quiet, bright, "colored" eighth-grader growing up in the '30s in Noble, Alabama. The fact that Francie can be a little willful doesn't always help. Her train promises escape, the chance to travel to "places of possibility." And anywhere seems better than Noble, with its "pickaninny" racism and back-breaking routine, where she slaves away with her mother cooking and cleaning for white folks in town (when she isn't studying hard at Booker T. Washington, her clapboard country school, that is).

Francie dreams of Chicago, where her father moved a year ago to work as a Pullman porter, promising to send for Francie, her little brother Prez, and their mama as soon as he could. But Daddy has yet to come through, and Noble begins to offer possibilities of its own, the most exciting being when Francie puts her reading smarts to use tutoring an unschooled 16-year-old from nearby New Carlton. When he gets framed for attacking a white foreman, though, the courageous Francie can't keep from trying to help, endangering herself and those she holds dear. A convincing, transporting tale from Karen English, author of such lovely picture books as Just Right Stew. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A keenly perceptive and gutsy heroine narrates this debut novel set in segregated 1940s Alabama. Francie, her mama and brother, Prez (named for FDR), patiently await word from her father, who has been gone for more than a year, to join him in Chicago where he works as a Pullman porter. Francie and her mother continue to make ends meet while bravely fending off the intimations from town gossips that their dream of reuniting their family may not come true. English (Just Right Stew) carefully and subtly plants the seeds for several dramatic scenes in the novel. For instance, Francie notices Holly, from a rich white family whom she and Mama work for, stealing a tube of lipstick; in a later chapter, when the shopkeeper accuses Francie of stealing a book she brought into the store with her, Holly stacks the evidence against Francie. The author effectively builds the rebellious streak in the heroine until Francie cleverly and humorously exacts revenge on the haughty Holly. English thus sets the stage for the moment when Francie comes to the aid of an older boy whom she tutored in reading and who is falsely accused of assaulting his white employer. These winning characters credibly surmount obstacles as a matter of course. In a triumphant and surprising ending, English pointedly leaves a few loose ends, but readers will come away knowing that Francie's spirit and intelligence will get her family through. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312373832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in the 50's in the north right around the corner from Beaver Cleaver. But I just loved the story FRANCIE! While it's a story about a poor black girl growing up in the south, the story is really about responsibility, trust, respect -- all the things that make life right. This story is a sweet mix of sass, suspense, and as Francie would say -- possibilities!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mollycc" on October 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Francie is a very real character -- sassy, smart, but with just enough flaws to make her believable and likable. The events in the story show how families stick together in hard times, and how racism affects them. This book is well-written and complex enough to interest both children and adults, I highly recommend it. I especially loved the ending!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William on May 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading with my 9 year old daughter. It has messages for both adult and child. It brings to life what life was like for black Americans like me in my youth. It portrays a world where hope and possibility were often dashed at a young age by life in those days, yet somehow the family never gives up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Teacher Librarian on April 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A captivating book about a twelve year old girl who longs to escape the hard work and racism of her life in Noble, Alabama. Francie's mother works seven days a week and Francie must help her. They both long for the better life which Francie's father has promised them when they join him in Chicago. Fourth through tenth grade readers will be engrossed by Francie's story. She goes to the homes of white women and prepares food for their parties, serving white girls who sit and giggle with their friends. She also must step to the side on sidewalks and in stores to let these same white girls go first. A poignant part of the book comes when Francie meets Jesse, an illiterate sixteen-year-old. The pleasure Francie receives from teaching him to read is one of the book's highlights. This leads to one of the book's weak points, a segment where Jesse is accused of assault and Francie comes to his rescue. Readers may be disappointed when the story ends without answering questions about Francie's promised life in Chicago. Overall however, this is an excellent book that will allow readers to understand what life was like for African-Americans living in poverty in the segregated South of the 1940's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recomend this book to students or people who enjoy an adventure type story.It was really good because it was relatable in many ways for younger girls.It was an amazing experience reading this book.It is about a girl who is going through hard times and she is just always trying to help,which gets her in trouble. Its a very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Francie

By Karen English

The book I read Francie is about this African American 13 year old girl who lived in Noble, Alabama. She lived with her mom and brother. Her dad lives in Chicago because he is trying to earn enough money so they will hopefully soon be moving there with him. Meanwhile at school Francie is having a bad time because of racism. She goes to an all African American school. There is a school bully who's name is Augustine Butler who all ways makes fun of her. At the end of the book her and her family worked everything out and so it was all good.

I think this is a really good book but at sometimes I didn't like because I don't like when people make fun of people just because of there race
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is about a girl named Francie who wants to get to Chicago to be with her dad.Her dad writes her letters so now Francie is getting her hopes up to much. then she meets a boy named Jesse who is in her class but can't read so know francie teaches him until Francie sees a sign that says if you see this boy then you need to call the police as soon as possible. and the boy is Jesse! then jesse is hiding in the woods and francie finds him then for a day she lets him stay in her shed and gives him a blanket and food but then francie's mom can't find some food that she needs and so francie has to make something up to stay out of trouble finally at the end Francies dad sends the family train tickets to get to Chicago but the rest your going to have to find out your self enjoy!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madison fershee on February 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was an awesome book I loved the very end I almost cried when they got the letter from their dad
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