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The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman
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Jan 07, 2009

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bookshelves: audio-books, youngadultfiction, j-ya-historical-fiction
Read in January, 2009

This was a fairly entertaining book. The historical quality of it is the most interesting - providing a look at life in America during the 1950s and the fear of communism and the hydrogen bomb. It actually is quite relevant with regard to the aftermath of 9/11 and the scrutiny that many Muslim-Americans faced.

Francine is a likable character who has always been a "good girl", but when she befriends liberal-minded Sophie Bowman, Francine embraces her inner rebel. Not only does Francine break free a bit, but she also learns how to think for herself and not be afraid to share her thoughts and opinions. The backdrop of Los Angeles and Hollywood provide additional cultural nostalgia.
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