Fran That Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series #4)

Fran That Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series #4)

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by Jim Benton

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Franny K. Stein likes to project a menacing image, so she is mortified when her classmates learn that her middle name is Kissypie. Embarrassed by all the teasing, she invents a time-warp device to travel back and change her birth certificate to read Kaboom. While she is in the past, she tells her infant self, "There is nothing worse than being laughed at." Unfortunately, Baby Franny takes the lesson too much to heart. When she decides to take a peek at her future self before returning to her own time, she discovers that Teen Franny is out of control. Determined that no one will ever laugh at her again, the adolescent super villain is out to conquer the world. Can Franny save civilization from herself? The short, deadpan text is just spooky enough for transition readers and the black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the mock-gothic atmosphere. There is even a subtle message about courage and self-confidence. A great choice for younger readers who demand "a scary one."-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Chapter 3: Franny Takes the Cake

The announcement of the yearly Science Fair at school always filled Franny with mixed emotions. On the one hand, Franny loved creating new inventions and sharing them with others.

On the other hand, Franny already had a long list of projects in her lab that she was anxious to complete.

And on the other hand, it was always an extra challenge to create a project that the kids at school would appreciate. Wait a second, that was three hands.

Well, this is Franny we're talking about.

Franny explained it to her mom. "I want to do a good Science Fair project, but I really don't like to take time away from the other lab projects."

Her mom smiled. "You can't have it both ways, Franny. You know what they say: You can't have your cake and eat it too."

A wide grin came across Fanny's face. "You can't have your cake and eat it too? We'll see about that."

Franny walked quickly to her lab, with the blueprint of her next creation beginning to form inside her head as she went.

Copyright © 2005 by Jim Benton

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