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Seeking Cassandra. How to write a great review. Analyzing: In your own words interpret Matt's behavior towards Frankie Joe giving examples to support your opinion. Evaluating: How would you of handled moving to a new place, and new family? What choices would you have made? Creating: Rewrite the ending of the story. Feb 26, Ms. Foley rated it really liked it. This is a good realistic fiction story about family. It's very character centered and I liked how the family wasn't perfect.
Usually you have an evil stepmother in stories, but Frankie's stepmother is really kind, so that was a nice change of pace. This is one of the Bluebonnet books and it's the first of the chapter books that I've read. Between this and the 3 picture books we're off to a good start for the Bluebonnet list!
Sep 11, Stanley rated it really liked it. I liked this book because is was very clear and not confusing. I wouldn't say that this book is beautiful but, it was a relatively easy read and not complicated. There was just one big plot and conflict and very few tiny conflicts in the major one. There also weren't that many characters and it was easy to understand what was happening. I also enjoyed it because this book has a main character that's different from everyone else and I like that part about it.
The reason I didn't give it five star I liked this book because is was very clear and not confusing. The reason I didn't give it five stars is because the book isn't in a series, it's just by itself and it wasn't as satisfying. However, if it was in a series, I don't think I would read the rest of it because this isn't the kind of book that makes you have a lot of feeling for the characters. There's a lot of good things about this book, but there are still some down-sides. This book didn't have any cliff hangers and it wasn't that intense. It was still interesting to read, but it wasn't enough to make me never want to put it down.
Oct 06, Jolene Knighton rated it it was amazing. Although I am an adult - I like to read the books my children read. This one was outstanding.
Brings up a lot of issues that a lot of children can relate to. Jan 25, jellybean rated it it was amazing. Even though it has been forever since I've read this book, I love it so much! Apr 29, Jaylie rated it it was amazing. Mar 15, Melanie Dulaney rated it it was amazing Shelves: texas-bluebonnet-award-nominee , sad-happy-heart-warmer. Great characters showing a broad array of personalities. Kids from all sorts of backgrounds will find someone in this book with whom they can easily relate. Readers will be rooting for Frankie Joe from beginning to end as he is forced to live with a father he doesn't know after his mother is sent to prison.
Highly recommended for those in grades Jan 28, Cornmaven rated it liked it Shelves: juvenile , bluebonnet This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a very poignant tale about a kid who is ripped from his trailer park world to a steady, rural Illinois world because his mother ends up in prison. The reader gets an interesting look at how a poor, pretty dysfunctional life is viewed by the inhabitant as normal, and the normal life is seen as not quite right. There are many secrets kept and eventually spilled during this tale, which makes it at times hard to read.
Frankie Joe is far, far behind in school because his mother didn't send hi This is a very poignant tale about a kid who is ripped from his trailer park world to a steady, rural Illinois world because his mother ends up in prison. Frankie Joe is far, far behind in school because his mother didn't send him all the time in Laredo, Texas. So in Illinois he is seen as slow and dim witted when he is anything but.
His half brothers don't welcome him with open arms, especially Matt, who is a control freak and bent on being 1 at everything. People in this novel are affected and transformed by Frankie as much as he is transformed by his interactions with them. I took issue with several of the facts thrown out in the novel. First, I found it hard to believe that, with Texas school funding tied so tightly to attendance, that Frankie Joe was not visited by the truancy officers and his mother hauled into court.
Second, Clifton's lesson on corn production was way off - most of the field corn produced in the U. Her harvest lesson was right on, though. I also wonder if those farming lessons would really keep most kids interested; they seemed a bit too drawn out.
I did like the "village raising" atmosphere in the trailer park, given that Frankie's mother was clearly negligent in that regard. It was hard for Frankie to come to terms with the fact that his mother was not really a good mother, that she was more interested in get rich quick schemes than his welfare.
It felt like the facts of that came to Frankie slowly as he lived in Illinois. And it was easy to see how kids in neglect situations don't see themselves as neglected.
It's hard to read how cruel the kids and some of the teachers are to him. Earth mother Lizzie was a great character, the kind of mother everyone would want, but Frankie's father was a guy who scared mean. Kind of a military, great Santini type with his rigid insistence on performance and achievement. He had a bit of a soft heart, but deep down I felt that his desire to take sole custody of Frankie was motivated by some inner need to show the world he could reform the kid, turn him into a success, but more about him than the kid. The Responsibility reports were nuts. What was heartbreaking was the scene where Frankie is pretty much rejected by his mother in the attorney's office.
And then the novel ends quickly after that, which I didn't really feel resolved much. The ending felt more resigned than hopeful. Apr 18, Tenille Shade rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-literature. Several students recommended I read this book months ago, and I wish I had picked it up then. Perhaps certain books come into our lives right when we need them.
The story of Frankie Joe is actually a story about wanting to be wanted. When Frankie Joe's mom get thrown in jail for selling dope, the courts find his birth father, and he is sent to Clearview, Illinois to live with strangers. He has four half siblings who aren't happy about a new brother, and the oldest, Matt, is threatened by Frankie Several students recommended I read this book months ago, and I wish I had picked it up then.
He has four half siblings who aren't happy about a new brother, and the oldest, Matt, is threatened by Frankie's unique talents. FJ, his father, tries to make up for lost time with his son by instilling values like responsibility and hard work into Frankie Joe's daily routine. The whole book, Frankie Joe has an escape plan to return to his mom in Texas, but what he doesn't know is that his mom is still chasing rainbows. I teared up several times while reading this book because of my own abandonment issues.
My birth parents did not raise me, and I've spent my life feeling like a burden. Frankie Joe had convinced himself that his existence made it harder for FJ, Lizzie, and his brothers, and no matter how hard they tried to convince him otherwise, he just wanted to go back to the world he'd come from, a familiar place where the folks in the trailer park made him feel loved. In some ways, I think Frankie Joe's mom was both selfish and sacrificial. She new he would be better off with his dad rather than traipsing about the world with her.
As a mother, she recognized she could not offer him the stability he deserved. When she signed the adoption papers, it broke his heart because every kid deserves a mom who makes sacrifices for their kids. Frankie Joe gets a mom like that in Lizzie. I loved this book and I would recommend it to any child who has ever felt the the sting of being unwanted. Powerful story, and I'm glad I finally read it! Feb 04, Julie rated it liked it. I am pretty sure my 4th grade daughter liked this book more than I did, so I bumped it up a star. This book is a Golden Sower nominee, and the 8th of 10 books on our reading list.
The story is about a 13 year old boy who, until recently, lived with his single free-spirited, un-mothering to the point of neglect mom in a trailer park in Laredo, Texas. Unfortunately or perhaps not , his mother's adolescent activities range to the illegal, and she ends up in jail. His biological father comes to f I am pretty sure my 4th grade daughter liked this book more than I did, so I bumped it up a star.
His biological father comes to fetch young Frankie Joe, and when they arrive in Clearview, Illinois, Frankie Joe discovers he has four younger half-brothers and a step-mom. Whom he will be living with. While he pines for his old life in Laredo.
Mostly, the story was very sad for me. There are no good answers for the thousands at least of kids whose lives parallel Frankie Joe's in the real world. The book was readable, which was good, and paced nicely. My daughter and I looked forward to reading it each night. Of course, the end is much tidier than what usually happens in real life, and for that, I think there are much more deserving titles on the Golden Sower nominee list.
Aug 18, Angie rated it liked it Shelves: book-club-books , middle-grade , realistic-fiction , mark-twain-nominees. When his mother is sent to jail Frankie Joe is forced to leave his home in Laredo, Texas and all his friends to move to Clearview, Illinois with a father, step-mother and four half-brothers he has never met or known about. Life in Clearview is different. He doesn't have as much freedom; he has to go to school, do chores and report his activities to his father.
Frankie Joe plans to run away and ride his bike all the way back to Texas. He needs money to take on the road so he starts a bike deliver When his mother is sent to jail Frankie Joe is forced to leave his home in Laredo, Texas and all his friends to move to Clearview, Illinois with a father, step-mother and four half-brothers he has never met or known about.
He needs money to take on the road so he starts a bike delivery service. As his business takes off, he starts making new friends in the people he delivers for. He does better in school and he starts becoming a part of the family. I found this book entertaining and a quick read. Frankie Joe is a likeable character; he is enterprising and smart even if his school work doesn't reflect it. I liked the small town part of this story and all the characters we meet. I did find some of the family members underdeveloped and a little one-dimensional, but that didn't take away from the story.
I thought all the fish-out-of-water bits were pretty realistic. However, I found it questionable that all of Frankie Joe's friends, both in Laredo and Clearview, would be old people; he really only has one friend his age Mandy who is as big a misfit as he is. Fun fast read and one I think kids will enjoy despite its problems. Apr 19, Shanshad Whelan rated it liked it Shelves: childrens , mg , realistic-fiction.
I thought this was a very well written and engaging story about a boy who is sent to live with a family he's never met, all the while yearning to escape back to the life he's known with his mother. I do admit that as an adult it was pretty easy to guess what was going to happen to Frankie Joe.
The ending was not a surprise, but it was a touching book.
My problem. Maybe someone else can clear this up for me, but I for the life of me cannot decide what the time period in this story is intended to b I thought this was a very well written and engaging story about a boy who is sent to live with a family he's never met, all the while yearning to escape back to the life he's known with his mother. Maybe someone else can clear this up for me, but I for the life of me cannot decide what the time period in this story is intended to be.
Most of it feels like contemp fiction. There are references to cell phones and corn and soybeans grown for fuel. Yet early on one of Frankie Joe's half brothers has a Game Boy. And there a regular reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a show I remember as being late 80's, early 90's. Frankie refers to having seen the movie in the theatre and the kids use the phrase kowabunga! I was almost ready to conclude this story took place in the early 90s until Frankie Joe's half brother laments about not getting a cell phone for Christmas.
It doesn't really matter what decade the story takes place in, but the little references all niggled at me. I really like the writing and think the author has a strong talent for story and character crafting. Dec 02, Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves: children. Twelve-year old Frankie Joe adores his mother. Sure, his single mom constantly makes bad choices in her quest for a quick buck, she tends to leave him on his own for days on end, and she's not so great at providing the basic necessities, but Frankie Joe knows she loves him and the two of them are meant to take on the world together.
When his mom takes one too many shortcuts in her quest for easy money and ends up in jail for drug possession, Frankie Joe unwillingly finds himself traveling from Texas to Illinois to live with his biological father a man he's never met , his new stepmother and his four less than enthusiastic half-brothers. In the midst of missing his old life and friends, and dealing with new problems such as sibling rivalry, lots of new parental rules, trouble with schoolwork and unwelcoming classmates, Frankie Joe finds solace in his secret plan to escape as soon as possible.
No one is going to stop him from returning back home- but is he sure that home still lies in Texas? Frankie Joe's challenges and triumphs are portrayed honestly and with plenty of charm. First author Clifton has created a highly appealing story that should capture the attention of any reader. Mar 04, Jacob C rated it really liked it. Frankie Joe has to move from Laredo, Texas to Clearview, Illinois with his dad and his four half brothers.
After he finds out that he has to do fifth grade again and has to have the same homeroom as his oldest half brother. He just wants to leave and go back to Laredo. He also has to go to an after school program with his half brothers, The Great Escape.
When he heard the name of the after school program he got an idea. He was planned an escape plan back to Laredo. Frankie Joe then started a delivery business. He used his bike to delivery pizzas, cosmetic products, air fresheners, and anything you needed and all that money was going to be used for his escape plan. He forgot about one variable, snow. Will his escape plan work? Will his half brothers find out about his plan? This was a great book mostly because the way Frankie Joe would try to overcome things. Jun 19, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: on-my-bookshelf-finished , intermediate , fiction.
Frankie Joe lives in a Texas trailer park.
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His mother has been arrested and is in jail. Frankie Joe doesn't have a problem taking care of himself along with the help of his neighbors in the trailer park, he gets along just fine. Things change abruptly when his father shows up to take him back to Illinois to live with him and his new family while his mother "sorts things out".
Frankie Joe is a wonderful character who comes into his own with the help of his new community but mostly through his own Frankie Joe lives in a Texas trailer park. Frankie Joe is a wonderful character who comes into his own with the help of his new community but mostly through his own motivation to get back to Texas.
I loved this book - I thought Frankie Joe was such an admirable, positive character even when faced with difficult dilemmas and situations. There is one page in the book that talks about how his mother was arrested for having a bag of dope in her purse and how she didn't get in too much trouble because it was "ditch weed" meaning marijuana that was not intended to be sold I think.
Would I want my 8 year old children reading about marijuana lingo? Feb 23, Betsy rated it really liked it Shelves: realistic-fiction , middle-grades , intermediate. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's well written, has an engaging cast of characters, and has some great moments--both funny and sad--in it. Frankie Joe is totally believable, his dad and step mom and half brothers are also quite believable. The dynamics between the 5 boys are well done. I thought the ending was a touch abrupt in that Frankie seemed at ease with his dad as "dad" all of a sudden.
Kid and adult readers alike often find characters that stand out and ring true in the books they like the most. Hell hath no fury like a smarty-pants scorned. When Frankie removes Matt from the top of the family, and school, pecking order inadvertently, I might add Matt is convinced that Frankie Joe is working on becoming a permanent member of the family. I just needed a little more help getting there. If Frankie Joe has any literary relations out there, his closest kin might be Joey Pigza.
You may not agree with his logic or his plans, but you like the darn kid. A good kid in a good book written for good readers with good sense. Other Blog Reviews:. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.
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Thanks so much. The love and concern of his trailer park neighbors is very common in these close-knit communities and I was glad of this depiction. Some readers of all ages will predict the ending of this book after reading about the Christmas telephone call, and others would be quite surprised. Follow This Blog:.