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Loud Silence of Francine Green, The

Author: Karen  Cushman
Publisher: Clarion
Subject/Category: 5-9
Year Reviewed:: 2007
ISBN: 0618504559
Review: In 1949, thirteen-year-old, Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values. Cushman creates a character who is planted in her time and who grows in courage, self-awareness and conviction. She capture the era with references to "Dragnet", to duck and cover drills in schools, to the building of bomb shelters in backyards. A rich, satisfying story about early adolescence.

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