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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Anaka Shockley Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Francine lives down the street from a Hollywood film studio, adores screen dreamboat Montgomery Clift, and sometimes sees her home life as a scene from a movie: Dinner at the Greens. She wishes she really were a movie star, brave and glamorous and always ready to say the right thing. In reality, she's a pink and freckled 13-year-old, and she doesn't always speak up because she's afraid she'll get in trouble. She's comfortable following her father's advice: Don't get involved.

That is, until Sophie Bowman transfers into her class at All Saints School for Girls. Fearless, articulate, and passionate, Sophie questions authority and protests injustice. She not only doesn't care about getting in trouble, she actually seems to be looking for it. And she's happy to be Francine's best friend.

The nuns think Sophie is a bad influence on Francine. Francine thinks just the opposite. Because of Sophie, Francine finds herself worrying about things that never bothered her before: the atom bomb, free speech, Communists, the blacklist...and deciding, for the first time, that she wants to be heard. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Renee Hall | 2/14/2014

    " Especially loved the complexity of the characters in this one -- children and adults -- and the questions the main character struggles with. Reminded me a bit of a Judy Blume-type book (mostly in terms of theme, I guess), though I find I like Cushman's style better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jess | 2/12/2014

    " I liked it because it was about a time period not written about very often (post-WWII). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 2/1/2014

    " I am always uncertain on how to rate a book. I liked this book very much, but I'm not sure how Junior High students will like it. I identified with the quiet girl who tried to fly under the radar and never get into trouble (and the conflict this caused in standing up with courage for things she belived to be right). The setting is the late 1940's and early 1950's during the Cold War and was a little before my time. Still I remember the duck and cover drills we had at school in case we were attacked by a nuclear bomb. (I am so old that my early memories are regarded as hisorical fiction!) The depiction of Catholic education during that time also rings true as attested to by my friend, Gladys, and my husband who both attended Catholic school in the early 60's. At any rate, I think that Junior High students will be able to relate to the misgivings, conflicts, and courage involved in standing up for individual rights and freedoms in a fearful and suspicious world environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 1/29/2014

    " Really captured the fears, questions, and unknowns of the early 50's. Francine is a character you can readily identify with. "

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