The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

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Frances Pauley learns the value of friendship while staying true to herself.
Eleven-year-old Frances is an observer of both nature and people, just like her idol, the anthropologist Margaret Mead. She spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house in her "rock world," as Alvin, her kindhearted and well-read school bus driver, calls it. It's the one place where Frances can truly be herself, and where she doesn't have to think about her older sister, Christinia, who is growing up and changing in ways that Frances can't understand. But when the unimaginable happens, Frances slowly discovers that perhaps the world outside her rugged, hidden paradise isn't so bad after all, and that maybe--just maybe--she can find connection and camaraderie with the people who have surrounded her all along.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524720612
Branch Call Number: j Fiction Ste
Characteristics: 197 pages ; 22 cm


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PimaLib_SamR Mar 04, 2019

This middle grade novel follows the life of Frances Pauley aka Figgrotten. She is a sensitive loner, free thinker, and keen observer of people and nature. Her favorite pastime is to sit among the rocks in her backyard watching and feeding the crows. Her closest companion is her school bus driver, Alvin.
FP’s world is shaken when a new kid in school continuously blurts out all the answers to the teacher’s queries, she has a falling out with her sister, and Alvin ends up in the hospital.
Fortunately, FP is surrounded by sympathetic adults like Alvin, her mother, and her teacher who all give her support and allow her freedom just when she needs it. And maybe, just maybe there are a couple of classmates who can help mitigate the void Alvin’s absence creates for FP.

OPL_KrisC Apr 26, 2018

Frances is a quirky and misunderstood young girl who struggles to make friends other than her elderly bus driver. I think that kids will be able to relate to her b/c at one time or another most kids have felt that they don't fit in just like Frances. This is a heart-warming book that may make you shed a tear or two by the end.


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OPL_KrisC Apr 26, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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PimaLib_SamR Jul 17, 2018

Everything is a lesson,....Things that bother you and make you angry and make you sad. And the lesson is just this: how to make it through life without hurting yourself or hurting anyone else.


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