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Francie by English

An ALA Notable Book.
An IRA Notable Book for a Global Society.

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

Karen English has written several picture books and Strawberry Moon, her second novel. She lives in Richmond, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374424596
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/25/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 15 Years

About the Author

Karen English has written several picture books and Strawberry Moon, her second novel. She lives in Richmond, California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6th grade english class read this in class, and it was tons of fun! If you read with a southern accent like Francie has, the book will be much more entertaining and a lot of fun!
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
English, K. (2002). Francie. New York: Sunburst. 0374424594 Set in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Francie lives with her mother and brother in the segregated Alabama while her father works and sends money from Chicago. Francie helps her mother work various jobs and attends school while she dreams of being able to move north and have access to "possibilites". She faces bullying and many small injustices under segregation. When a teenager she is teaching to read is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie faces the choice of whether or not to help him with the risk that will make life become more difficult for her family and all of the other blacks living in her town. While this well-written book is not a formal mystery, Francie's love for Nancy Drew novels and her clever ways of getting back at those who torment her add a sense of tension that helps the book feel like a historical mystery. Also worth noting, Francie does complicate issues of race beyond whites=evil, blacks=victims. There are a few white characters who are presented in a positive light and some black characters who Francie is less than fond of for understandable reasons. Activities to do with the book: There are multiple references to other works of literature, including Nancy Drew mysteries, War and Peace and the poems of Langston Hughes that a teacher could base lessons around. A teacher could also emphasize the power of literacy, since many of the supporting characters wish they could read as Francie does. A teacher could also use this book as a basis for lessons on American history, including information on transportation, economic conditions, criminal justice and segregation. When discussing segregation, this is a good book to show the subtle forms of racism and discrimination that occurred on a daily basis. A daring teacher could also consider whether some of these small injustices still continue in present-day American society as well. Another way of connecting this text to recent events is to consider how assumptions over Jesse's guilt or innocence were divided along racial identity. A teacher could draw parallels to judgments people made about OJ Simpson when he was on trial for murder. Favorite Quotes: "I did something to that cat, I admit it. But that cat did something to me first" (p. 3). "I was innocent, but the world had decided to make me guilty. Why did I feel so guilty?" (p. 61). "God had blessed me with knowing I could fight my way out of my circumstances, if need be" (p. 63). For more of my reviews, check out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very intresting and kept me hooked on. It had a lot of creativity. This also taught me a lot about history. If you like historical fiction, this would be a great book for you to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so good I'm in 5th grade and if you are looking for a good book to read this is a wonderful book!!!!! If you cry easily you will cry in this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! I think everyone should read it! I think it is great how Francie never gives up hope that her dad will come home! I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book wasn't as good as i thought it would be! i was expecting this book to be interesting since it's about the boy who's accused of murder! but it's not all about that at all! only about 1/4 of the book is about the boy! it's really not interesting so i wouldn't recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francie is a book about a young teen who has a hard, depressing life. Much of the book is her talking about how life's not fair and how she is gonna get whipped when she gets home. This book is very slow and also makes you sad when you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really shows great courage. It is very good. I read this book in 2 days it was so good. I would really recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a good and fast read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francie is a great book. I would definetly recomend it to all readers over twelve years old.