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Francie on the Run (The O'Sullivan Family #2)

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Young Francie O'Sullivan, from the Irish family we first met in "The Cottage at Bantry Bay has had a successful operation in a Dublin hospital, but longs to return to his beloved family in County Cork. He heads out the hospital door, no permission asked, and finds a train--won't any train do? Francie finds himself making a speedy tour (in the opposite direction from home) ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Bethlehem Books (first published 1939)
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Jan 12, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing
My 11 yr old son and I liked this book, second in a series of three, even better than the first! The first introduces the family members with a little adventure. This adventure has even more action, with 6 or 7 yr old Francie boldly deciding to make his own way home from hospital in the city to his home in the Irish countryside. He meets kind and interesting people along the way, who all want to help him get where he wants to go, and finally an old family friend. There are funny moments where hi ...more
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May 19, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing
A brilliant, rollicking tale that cleverly includes some fantasy (through dreams). The 300 pages go by too quickly!
Jul 20, 2014 Ursula rated it really liked it
10YO girl liked a lot.
Jul 26, 2015 Tirzah rated it it was amazing
Francie "steals the show" in the second book of the delightful The Cottage at Bantry Bay series. Although I would have liked to see more of the other O'Sullivans, this book is still as charming as the first one and the reader meets more lovable characters.
Feb 17, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I love every book by this author. This was another read aloud to Paul, and we just the story. We couldn't wait to find out what new adventures Francie would have as he traveled across Ireland.
John Marlin
Jun 28, 2013 John Marlin rated it it was amazing
Francie is a bit bull-headed. He decides his legs are better and escapes from a Dublin hospital, walking to the west of Ireland and having many adventures along the way.
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Good read! Francie is an Irish 'hobbit child' on an adventure, complete with fairies.
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Born February 9, 1908, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Hilda van Stockum was a noted author, illustrator and painter, whose work has won the Newbery Honor and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award. She was also a charter member of the Children's Book Guild and the only person to have served as its president for two consecutive terms.

Van Stockum was raised partly in Ireland, a
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The O'Sullivan Family (3 books)
  • The Cottage at Bantry Bay
  • Pegeen

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