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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Square Fish (first published 1999)
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Demiere Lee
Fantastic book! One of the first novels I've ever read. I've read it three or four times! Loved it! It's very nostalgic of the time period.
Susan L
Francie, by Karen English, is an inspiring book that emphasize the background of African american history that brings you a vivid imagery of how African american suffered during discrimination of race, ethnicity, or any form of stereotypical eyes. the protagonist is Francie and the title signify her importance in the story. she is a young black girl that lives with her mom and younger brother, Prez in Alabama. there, they all three work and wait for their father to keep to his promise which is t ...more
Magnificant book deserves a good review

** Francie, by Karen English, an inspiring book of African American History that brings you back to visualizing the way how African Americans suffered during segregation. The author, Karen English leaves you the cliff hanger and starts the book en media res giving you unpredictable events happening at different times. Francie, the main character watches the train she wants to be on to carry her to the place where she can have her dream come true.
Sandra Stiles
Francie is the story of a young black girl who lives in Alabama. Her father is working in Chicago and sending money home. Francie begins tutoring Jesse, a young man who can't read. His father pulls him out of school and makes him go to work, then the father runs off leaving him on his own and his younger brother and sister in the care of relatives. Jesse is fasely accused of assaulting a man. Francie has to decide whether to risk her family or to help her friend. The lessons about bullying, disc ...more
Megan Ramsey
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This is the book I am currently reading.It is a book about a young African American girl in Alabama. Her father works in Chicago and is trying to find a place in Chicago where they can stay together as a family. Francie is very excited to get out of Alabama and go to Chicago! In the meantime, she is still in Alabama. Francie cleans houses with her mother in her free time and she loves to read. She met a boy named Jesse at school one day because he was a new student. He was only the
English, K. (2002). Francie. New York: Sunburst.


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
Amanda B.
Jun 11, 2008 Amanda B. added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: interest in non-fiction story of slavery
This was a book that i randomly picked up off of my shelf. it is the story of an African American slave which is a child and tries to cover her friend Jesse is in trouble. Francie (the main character) aspires to go to Chicago where her father is so that she does not have to keep doing work with her mother inder her land owner's eyes. Francie lives with her mother and her younger brother. everyone tells her she will never leave but she believes she will. Francie met Jesse at her school and he wan ...more
Diana Haynes
I read this book for my junior book reading log. It is a historical fiction book based on the Civil Rights Movement. Francie lives in Alabama with her mother and her father. She dreams of moving north to Chicago, where her father is trying to get settled and move the family. Francie wants to attend an integrated school for the first time. She and the rest of her family work and wait for her father, eventually figuring out that they may never get to move. Francie faces many obstacles daily, inclu ...more
Francie is a wonderful eighth grade heroine who is stuck in Noble, Alabama between the wars with her mom and brother after her dad promised he'd bring them to Chicago to live after he saved enough as a Pullman Porter. Francie holds onto this promise and her future while struggling to live in an unfair and segregated world. Francie's a smart, spunky character who is bewildered by her own impulsiveness and hasn't realized that she has a well-developed sense of right and wrong. The story does a gre ...more
Sherry Ou Yang
Francie, an African American girl is courageous enough to help another African American escape and hide-from the higher authority that are trying to capture him. Francie had hopes that her father would take here somewhere, Chicago, but it seems he can't fulfill his promise. But, the boy that Francie helped safely escaped due to her courage.

Francie is a very admirable character because she unselfishly helps someone in need-even if she will be blame for it later on and suffer major consequences.
This is an interesting book that takes the reader on a journey of understanding racial discrimination after slavery is abolished. The story is focused on one girl and her relationship with a mysterious boy that is accused of a crime. She learns how to stand up for herself and adapt to the cultural discriminations placed on her. I would like to read this as a read aloud in my classroom.
Deborah Harris
AR Quiz No. 2121 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 4.2 - AR Pts: 6.0
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This book has prompted many great discussions in my class. It is great to read during Black History Month. Students are very surprised to read how Francie is treated at Diller Drug Store, and are so glad people aren't treated that way anymore....or are they?
I really learned alot from Franice. She tout me took love what ypum have cause ypu mite not get it back. And i think you will enjoy this book as much as i did. So read it it will teach you a good life leson.
Good book, gives good historical information and a nice story as well.
Mahadeo Nanku
i think the book was sad and beautiful
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Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author and an elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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