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Franny Parker by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
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Dec 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5th-grade, children-s-literature, animals, friends, abuse, families, family-tragedy, mothers-sons, oklahoma, farms, real-life, parent-child
Read in May, 2010

Franny Parker is a 12-year-old girl living in a farming community in Oklahoma. It's a tough summer for the community. There's a drought like the town hasn't seen in a long time. A community blueberry orchard and farm is ruined by fire. And many in the town are applying for state aid. That's how tough it is.

But, there might be one bright spot. New neighbors move in next door to the Parker family. Just a mother and son. However, there's something a little off about these two. Lucas, the son, is quite friendly and enjoys helping Franny with her wildlife rescue hospital (much to the chagrin of her older sister Sidda). Franny is intrigued by the mysterious lack of a father in Lucas' family.

Then one day, a strange man shows up at Lucas' house. Nothing's the same after that.

This was an amazingly beautiful book. Author McKinnon displays a strong writing style that I haven't seen in a long time. For example, "Pearl was the oldest child in a family of six kids, which meant she had the dubious distinction of being the first representative of the Jones family in every endeavor the public might witness." (pg.15) There are very few children's writers who write like this any more. We need more!!!

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