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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
ISBN: 9780823423675
Author: Clifton, Lutricia
Publisher: Holiday House
Published: February 2012
Retail: $16.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with his father, a stepmother, and four half-brothers, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he has a better life with his father than he ever had with her.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Social Issues, Middle School, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
After his flighty mother goes to jail, Frankie Joe moves from Texas to Illinois to live with his well-organized father (whom he doesn't remember) and four half brothers. Frankie Joe is an appealing, resilient character who, in spite of his resentment and anger, possesses an easygoing determination to not only survive but to do so with humor and dignity.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 May)

Gr 4–6—With his mom in jail for drug possession, Frankie Joe goes to live in Illinois with his father, whom he barely remembers, and his father's new wife and four sons. None of the boys is happy with this arrangement. To make matters worse, the 12-year-old is placed in fourth grade instead of sixth because he missed too much school the previous year. Eager to escape from this life, Frankie Joe starts a bicycle delivery business to try to save enough money to return to his friends in his Texas trailer park. When his mother gets out of jail and agrees to let his new family adopt him, Frankie Joe has to rethink his plans and come to grips with the fact that she has another life and doesn't want him with her. Definitions of words the protagonist looks up to educate himself are interspersed throughout this first novel that tugs at readers' heartstrings. Although Frankie Joe's amazing adaptation to a stable environment is almost too good to be true, children in blended families, including reluctant readers, will relate to this story.—Kathy Lyday, William Lenoir Middle School, Lenoir, NC

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