Source:Farrar Straus Giroux, Volume 1st, New York, p.199 (1999)
Call Number:Cubb Curr PZ7 .E7232 F73 1999
Keywords:African Americans--Juvenile fiction, Friendship--Juvenile fiction, Race relations--Juvenile fiction, Schools--Juvenile fiction
Summary: When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship.; Summary: A distinctive new voice in children's fiction Francie lives with her mother and younger brother, Prez, in rural Alabama, where all three work and wait. Francie's father is trying to get settled in Chicago so he can move his family up North. Unfortunately, he's made promises he hasn't kept, and Francie painfully learns that her dreams of starting junior high school in an integrated urban classroom will go unfulfilled. Amid the day-to-day grind of working odd jobs for wealthy white folks on the other side of town, Francie becomes involved in helping a framed young black man to escape arrest -- a brave gesture, but one that puts the entire black community in danger. In this vivid portrait of a girl in the pre--Civil Rights era South, first-time novelist Karen English completes Francie's world using lively vernacular and a wide array of flesh-and-blood characters. .
Lexile measure 660; Book level 4.2; Ages 9-13