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The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley



by
April Stevens

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Schwartz & Wade
ISBN
9781524720629
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This heartfelt, deeply moving middle-grade debut features an offbeat girl who learns that she can remain true to herself while also letting others in.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

5.4: points 6

Lexile

830L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

10

JLG Release

Mar 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Friendship. Individuality. Siblings. Family life. Nature. Death.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Fifth-grader Frances, who prefers to be known as Figgrotten, likes to observe nature and delight in her only friend, Alvin, the ancient school bus driver. Stevens makes clear that Figgrotten’s solitude brings her joy and allows her to pursue her science investigations and other passions. As far as Figgrotten is concerned, she is just fine. Her school role as the smart one with the answers is mitigated by her observation that this is not always appreciated by her classmates, and she carefully cuts back on the hand-raising. But things do not stay the same. Various problems emerge—most significantly, Alvin suffers a heart attack and Figgrotten’s older sister makes some really mean comments. To top it off, a new boy at school seems to have charmed their teacher Mr. Stanley, so Figgrotten has competition. Coping requires Frances to come out of her shell and modify her routine, but she remains true to herself by appreciating solitude while finding companions. The plot is not the point here, although it serves to make the characters’ growth gradual and believable. VERDICT Introverts who are comfortable in their skin and want to see themselves portrayed with respect will appreciate Frances.—Carol A. Edwards, formerly at Denver Public Library

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Fifth-grader Frances, who prefers to be known as Figgrotten, likes to observe nature and delight in her only friend, Alvin, the ancient school bus driver. Stevens makes clear that Figgrotten’s solitude brings her joy and allows her to pursue her science investigations and other passions. As far as Figgrotten is concerned, she is just fine. Her school role as the smart one with the answers is mitigated by her observation that this is not always appreciated by her classmates, and she carefully cuts back on the hand-raising. But things do not stay the same. Various problems emerge—most significantly, Alvin suffers a heart attack and Figgrotten’s older sister makes some really mean comments. To top it off, a new boy at school seems to have charmed their teacher Mr. Stanley, so Figgrotten has competition. Coping requires Frances to come out of her shell and modify her routine, but she remains true to herself by appreciating solitude while finding companions. The plot is not the point here, although it serves to make the characters’ growth gradual and believable. VERDICT Introverts who are comfortable in their skin and want to see themselves portrayed with respect will appreciate Frances.—Carol A. Edwards, formerly at Denver Public Library

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