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Just Imagine

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Mary Francis’s world is split in two when her father loses his job in California during the Great Depression and finds another one in Hardenville, Massachusetts. Unwilling to give up her dreams of a film career for her son, Leland, Mary Francis’s mother refuses to leave their home in Beverly Hills. So, Mary Francis, her father, and grandmother go on to New England without ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 26th 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Charlie K.
Sep 16, 2015 Charlie K. rated it liked it
Just Imagine, by Pat Lowery Collions, tells the likeable tale of young Mary Francis during the Great Depression. Mary Francis has a unique gift which allows her spirit to leave her body and travel anywhere in the world. She hopes to find it useful when she along with her father and grandmother leave for New England when a job offer strikes. Her little brother and mother stay in their former home to pursue an acting career, which provides many struggles for our protagonist, who is split between ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 6-8 216pgs


Great Depression, Hollywood and NYC. 12 year old Mary Francis feels like she is being torn in two when her father takes a job in NY and her mother decides to stay with her younger brother and work on his acting career. Mary Francis longs for the ability (but doesn't seem to have it) to travel out of her body and visit her mother and brother. As time passes, Mary Francis wonders if her family's separate will become permanent or if there's some way she can reunite them.

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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story, which took place during the Depression, was well-done in its depiction of a family split apart, physically as well as by its goals. I liked the period detail and the characters. However, I'm not sure what purpose the "out-of-body" experiences served, except maybe to show the main character that she couldn't rely on supernatural fixes to her problems. I'd have given the book 4 stars except for that. Interesting nonetheless, and recommended for its depiction of life during the ...more
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Pat Lowery Collins is the author of many acclaimed novels and picture books. She was inspired to write HIDDEN VOICES when she learned that Antonio Vivaldi wrote countless concertos to showcase the talents of orphan girls — and snare husbands for a lucky few. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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