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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
     

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

4.9 7
by Lutricia Clifton
 

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When twelve-year-old Frankie Joe's mother is sent to jail, he is uprooted from his home in Texas to live with the father he has never met, his father's wife, and his father's four "legitimate" sons. Frankie Joe is miserable. Trying to adjust to his blended family proves too much to bear, so Frankie Joe hatches a plot to escape on his bike back home to

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When twelve-year-old Frankie Joe's mother is sent to jail, he is uprooted from his home in Texas to live with the father he has never met, his father's wife, and his father's four "legitimate" sons. Frankie Joe is miserable. Trying to adjust to his blended family proves too much to bear, so Frankie Joe hatches a plot to escape on his bike back home to Texas. For that he needs money, and so Frankie Joe's Freaky Fast Delivery Service is born. His deliveries win new friends for Frankie Joe, a place in the rural Illinois community, and a sense of achievement. But his planned escape is destroyed by a heartbreaking betrayal, and Frankie Joe needs all his incredible resilience and the loving support of his new family to survive the devastating loss.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Frankie Joe has had to take care of himself most of his life; his mother does what she wants and his father is seemingly out of the picture. But when his mother is jailed after her most recent scheme to get rich, Frankie finds out that his father is interested in him and is willing to take over his custody to make sure that Frankie has a safe place to live. Frankie's move from Texas to Illinois is a big change for him, and he rebels against his father's rules and his stepmother's concern. On top of all that, he also has to put up with four half-brothers, one of whom is a bully to the younger children and makes Frankie Joe's life miserable at school. When Frankie Joe devises a plan to ride his bike back to Texas, he knows he will need money; sensing a need in the community for older resident's to have items delivered to them, he starts up Frankie Joe's Freaky Fast Delivery Service. At first, delivering is just a job, but as he gets to know his clients and their idiosyncrasies, Frankie finds himself becoming more interested and comfortable in his new life...but is it enough to offset his old life and what he has back in Texas? This is a book with solid humor and great dialogue with a message that will resonate with pre-teen readers. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—With his mom in jail for drug possession, Frankie Joe goes to live in Illinois with his father, whom he barely remembers, and his father's new wife and four sons. None of the boys is happy with this arrangement. To make matters worse, the 12-year-old is placed in fourth grade instead of sixth because he missed too much school the previous year. Eager to escape from this life, Frankie Joe starts a bicycle delivery business to try to save enough money to return to his friends in his Texas trailer park. When his mother gets out of jail and agrees to let his new family adopt him, Frankie Joe has to rethink his plans and come to grips with the fact that she has another life and doesn't want him with her. Definitions of words the protagonist looks up to educate himself are interspersed throughout this first novel that tugs at readers' heartstrings. Although Frankie Joe's amazing adaptation to a stable environment is almost too good to be true, children in blended families, including reluctant readers, will relate to this story.—Kathy Lyday, William Lenoir Middle School, Lenoir, NC
Kirkus Reviews
While his mom is in jail, Frankie Joe tries to adjust to living with his newly surfaced father, FJ, his stepmother and "the four legitimate Huckaby sons." The brothers tease Frankie Joe because, academically, he is "freaky slow," which is at odds with how fast he is when he runs or bikes. The tension and the cast of characters are well-developed, especially Frankie Joe, who is believably resistant to the new setting and the rules of the house. Speaking in the first-person, Frankie Joe shows spunk, spinning the taunt into a positive when he launches Frankie Joe's Freaky Fast Delivery Service. With his income, he plans his escape back home from Illinois to Texas. But with each day Frankie Joe becomes more integrated into--and essential to--the town and the family, starting with his friendship with another town oddball, elderly Miss Peachcott. She tells Frankie Joe his family history. With this reveal, the author realistically depicts Frankie Joe's growing doubts about his mother's decisions. His mother's final act, abandoning him to FJ, leaves Frankie Joe grief-stricken and depressed but he now has a new understanding of what responsibility and home mean. The pace in this debut is leisurely, but readers, like the town folk and his newfound family, will be rooting for Frankie Joe. The final scenes soar with hope. (Fiction. 8-12)
From the Publisher

"With his mom in jail for drug possession, Frankie Joe goes to live in Illinois with his father, whom he barely remembers, and his father's new wife and four sons...Children in blended families, including reluctant readers, will relate to this story."

"The hardworking Frankie Joe struggles through it all to emerge as a winning protagonist...Readers who enjoy graceful, understated humor in their realistic fiction should find this right up their alley..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423675
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,375,047
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lutricia Clifton was born in Oklahoma and moved frequently while she was growing up. She married and raised two sons in Colorado, where she earned a BA and an MA in English at Colorado State University. She lives in northern Illinois, the setting of this, her first book.

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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
StoneLion More than 1 year ago
Frankie Joe (12 y/o) was happy living with his mother and other residents in their trailer in Laredo, Texas. After his mother is sent to jail, Frankie Joe has to travel some 1400 miles to live with the father he only knew through cards sent in the mail, a new stepmother, and four half-brothers he didn’t even know were alive. Frankie Joe has to blend in with this new family and new surroundings and it isn’t easy for him. He is taunted and made fun of, has trouble at school, and fitting in with his new family is a challenge. Frankie Joe plans to run away and get back to Texas and, in order to get the money he needs he launches Frankie Joe’s Freaky Fast Delivery Service. The author does a really nice job showing us the internal workings of a youngster having to find his way in a new family and circumstance. The mood is positive and you will find yourself liking Frankie Joe as he has a good spirit, heart, and demonstrates a lot of positive qualities, including being resilient. Does he head for Texas? Does he stay? What happens when his mother gets out of jail? Will he want his old life or his new one? How will he manage torn loyalties? I was eager for Frankie Joe to find his way all the way to the end of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thank that the book that I am reading is the beast because the part where it say that joe goes out to his porch and sit on his chair seeing all of the bikes siting on a wall. He was wondering what the bikes are doing on the wall he wish that he can some day ride that
SGT123 More than 1 year ago
The book that I am reading right now is really good so far. It’s about a boy named Frankie Joe who was named after his father. His mom went to jail so, he has to live with his dad for a few months who he has never met before, and He has a new stepmom and 4 new step brothers Matt, Mark, Luke, and Little Johnny. Frankie Joe lived in a trailer park but, now he has to live in New Mexico. Frankie Joe was not happy about having to move to his dad’s house because he wants to be at his trailer park home when his mom gets out of jail. When he gets to hi dads house he has to live in the basement because he wants his own room. Frankie Joe is starting school and he would be in 6th grade but, he has to stay in 5th grade because he didn’t go to school when he lived with his mom before. His new step brother Matt has been picking on him because he can’t read, write, or do math as good as the other kids in his class. All of his teachers make him sit in the front row in every class, right next to Matt. While, he has been living with his dad, Lizzie buy him winter clothes because he doesn’t have any clothes for the winter or to stay warm. Also, Matt starts to pick on Frankie Joe because he not good at school and he is 5’2 when he is in 5th grade but Matt doesn’t know he is supposed to be in 6th grade. So, some people at school will call him name like oddball. But, ever since Frankie Joe started living Matt has always been second. Usually it would be oldest to youngest so Matt was the oldest before Frankie Joe but, now Frankie Joe is the oldest so he is always first for showers, and in school, but he is now the first to do chores outside like raking the leaves, shoveling snow, and taking the trash out. My favorite part of the book is when Frankie Joe starts a delivery business for delivery pizza for Mr.Lindholm, and Mr. Puffins. He recently just started selling Nova which is a type of makeup for Mrs.Peachcott. That part especially shows me that he is making new friends and maybe he is starting to like where he is living with his dad. While his delivery business Frankie Joe starts to make money, he makes around 50 cents to about $1. It turned out Frankie Joe has a really good memory because, he know how to get house to house and back to his own house. It was very surprising for me to know that Frankie Joe could know how to do that. While Frankie Joe is living with his dad his moms starts to send letters to him from jail, and it makes him remember that he wants to be at his trailer park home when his mom gets out of jail. He thinks about running away back to Texas that is why he has started the delivery business so he could earn money for when he runs away, so he can buy the supplies he needs. He has been looking in the shed in the backyard, but ever since the first time he did that Matt has been watching him like a hawk, Frankie Joe tried to sneak into the shed at night but GUESS WHAT? Matt caught him, and it was past midnight. I think if you were 10-13 yrs. old you would absolutely love this book. Even if you weren’t this age and you love family books or you can relate to this book, like if you haven’t meet one of your parents before or one of your parents are in jail. Maybe, if one of your parents are getting married and you have to get used to more annoying step sibling. One of the reasons you would like this book is because, Its shows you that sometimes you have to be responsible if you are the oldest and also, if you have tough problems in your life.
EKers More than 1 year ago
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe Book Review Freaky Fast Frankie Joe is a great book to read. It starts off with a boy who has to move to his dad’s house. Frankie Joe has never met his dad so it’s going to be a little weird for him. He soon meets his step mom and 4 step brothers, Lizzie, Matt, Mark, Luke, and Little Johnny. Not to long after he meets his “new family”, he has a little problem with Matt the oldest out of the 4. You see, Matt is the oldest so he gets to do everything first but when Frankie Joe comes along Matt gets moved to doing everything second. He is not happy about it so he makes Frankie Joes stay terrible. Other than that Frankie Joe is doing well. He started a delivery business and he’s doing well in school. My favorite part is when Frankie Joe meets other people like him. He meets a girl in his grade named Mandy. She is the smallest in the grade but Frankie Joe is still friends with her. His other friend is older and her name is Miss Peachcott. She has a big birthmark on her face that she tries to hide but cant. Even though all of them have their perks, together there the oddballs and don’t really care what other people think about them. People that like to read books about families should read this. Frankie Joe and his family have to adjust to the new situation with problems in their way. Other people that are in grades 4-6 may like this story because it’s funny, heartwarming, and just a good story. It’s just the right words for them and leaves you of at cliff hangers so you want to read more and more. And the last person that might like this is someone who’s had the same life as Frankie Joe. They can relate to some of the problems and can dig deep in the story. Even though I haven’t finished the story yet, I know I’ll love the rest of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 day read joking! A year read long book
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Is it good?