This is a truly excellent book. The author has captured the “times they are a-changing” feeling of the 1970s. Some of the characters are painfully bigoted and ignorant, but they are strategically placed to show us what some people have to put up with on a daily basis. Your heart will break as Sean, Frannie’s deaf brother, gets dismissed time after time by shallow girls who can’t see past the hearing loss. Even though Frannie is supposedly a rather poor student in school, she has a beautifully poetic way of seeing things for how they really are.
Highly recommended for grades 5-9.