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The Fran That Time Forgot
Contributor(s): Benton, Jim (Author), Benton, Jim (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0689862989     ISBN-13: 9780689862984
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2005

Annotation: When Franny's principal announces her full name at a ceremony, everyone bursts out laughing. So she decides to go back in time and change her name. However, Franny ends up having to face her evil self in a fourth-dimensional battle of the minds. Full color.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Technology - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2004011638
Lexile Measure: 780(Not Available)
Guided Reading: F (Grade 1)
Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist
Physical Information: 0.32" H x 5.14" W x 7.64" (0.22 lbs) 112 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 86243
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
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Publisher Description:
Franny K. Stein didn't think the time would ever come when someone would realize what the K in her name stood for. And she REALLY didn't think that same someone would say her middle name in front of the whole school But that's what happened at the Science Fair award ceremony, and all the kids and teachers burst out laughing. So Franny does what any respectable mad scientist would do -- she goes back in time to change her name.

However, things don't always turn out as calculated, and Franny ends up having to face her teenage self in a warped, fourth-dimensional, kid-versus-teen, good-versus-evil, Franny-versus-Franny battle of the minds

Contributor Bio(s): Benton, Jim: - Jim Benton is the New York Times bestselling writer of the Dear Dumb Diary series and a cartoonist whose unique brand of humor has been seen on toys, television, T-shirts, greeting cards, and even underwear. Franny K. Stein is the first character he's created especially for young children. A husband and father of two, he lives in Michigan, where he works in a studio that really and truly does have creepy stuff in it.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
When everyone at school learns Franny's middle name (Kissypie), she becomes a laughingstock. Franny goes back in time to change her name, but her visit has disastrous consequences, proven when she time travels to the future and meets her evil teen-self. While the cartoon illustrations compete for space with the fast-paced text, both are rich in humor and personality. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 March #3)
Holy Humiliations! When the heroine first introduced in Lunch Walks Among Us wins the Science Fair Award, the principal proudly announces the girl's full name: Franny Kissypie Stein in Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: The Fran that Time Forgot by Jim Benton. As the girl tries to travel back in time to change her middle name, fallout ensues. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 August)
Gr 2-4-Franny K. Stein likes to project a menacing image, so she is mortified when her classmates learn that her middle name is Kissypie. Embarrassed by all the teasing, she invents a time-warp device to travel back and change her birth certificate to read Kaboom. While she is in the past, she tells her infant self, "There is nothing worse than being laughed at." Unfortunately, Baby Franny takes the lesson too much to heart. When she decides to take a peek at her future self before returning to her own time, she discovers that Teen Franny is out of control. Determined that no one will ever laugh at her again, the adolescent super villain is out to conquer the world. Can Franny save civilization from herself? The short, deadpan text is just spooky enough for transition readers and the black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the mock-gothic atmosphere. There is even a subtle message about courage and self-confidence. A great choice for younger readers who demand "a scary one."-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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