Loud Silence of Francine Greenby Karen Cushman
Pub. Date: 09/09/2008
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Francine Green doesn’t speak up much, and who can blame her? Her parents aren’t interested in her opinions, the nuns at school punish girls who ask too many questions, and the House Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people who express unpopular ideas. There’s safety in silence. Francine would rather lose herself in a book, or in
Francine Green doesn’t speak up much, and who can blame her? Her parents aren’t interested in her opinions, the nuns at school punish girls who ask too many questions, and the House Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people who express unpopular ideas. There’s safety in silence. Francine would rather lose herself in a book, or in daydreams about her favorite Hollywood stars, than risk attracting attention or getting in trouble.
But when outspoken, passionate Sophie Bowman transfers into Francine’s class at All Saints School for Girls, Francine finds herself thinking about things that never concerned her before—free speech, the atom bomb, the existence of God, the way people treat each other. Eventually, Francine discovers that she not only has something to say, she is absolutely determined to say it.
Once again, Karen Cushman follows a young woman’s progress toward her true self, this time exploring the nature of friendship and the experience of growing up Catholic in an era that is both fascinating and relevant to today’s young people. Author’s note.
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I think The Loud Silence of Francine Green is an amazing book.Francine finds out who her true friends are and gets a new outlook on communtists. Her best friend,Sophie Bowman,is amazing and should be an insperation,and I don't mean for everyone to go get in trouble with their teachers,I mean if you've got something worthwhile to say,say it.I think this shows that you should stick up for your friends,no matter what.I love this book sooo much and I would reccomend it to anyone who asked.
Growing up in the fifties, under the twin threats of the Red Menace 'Russia's missiles aimed at America's heart!' and McCarthyism 'There are Commies all around us!' is not often a topic in young adult fiction. Cushman's novel about Francine's experiences rings true to one who grew up in that era. Unlike Francine who attended parochial school under the strict eyes of the nuns, I went to public school - but we also, learned to duck and cover and wondered if our neighbors might be pinkos or even card carrying Communists. The way to get along was to keep your head down, conform, keep quiet. Francine finds her voice while still a schoolgirl, unlike those of us who weren't awakened until the Civil Rights marches, the Sexual Revolution or the Hippie Era. Reading The Loud Silence of Francine Green may help today's youth understand their parents' or grandparents' generation, and may lead them to look critically at their own times. For those of us who lived in those times, the book is a thoughtful nostalgia trip.
I read through about page 48, and this book was just really boring. I was hoping it would get better, because it could have been well written with twists and turns, but there was no life in it. I don't recommend this book at all. It's not worth your time.