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Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. View most popular tags as: When an accident happens at Franny's house, they have to rely on the community around them to help, and then figure out how to help Lucas and his mom. This is such a sweet, innocent story that deals with hard issues in an honest way. The sense of small-town community is evident through the group of old women who get together weekly to quilt and discuss the happenings of the town. There is also such a strong sense of family, reflected in Franny's life, and a broken family with Lucas.

There are secrets, love, mystery, and adventure in this story.

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I would recommend this for year olds. The book tackles hard issues, but does so with grace and hope. Here are my favorite quotes from the book: You've just got to try to remember what it started out as, is all. That the world outside our barnyard fence was large and strange, a shock to the gauzy comfort I had wrapped myself in all those years. And that hope runs in a family. Can't you feel it coursing through your veins right now? And family's not just the people you share your blood with. Take the power of friendship.

There are lifelong friends you can't seem to shake, and new friends who find themselves in your backyard. Just like family, a good friend will stand by you, pull you into a living room of laughter, or out of the flames that lick the sky above you. Friendship is a powerful thing. Sep 02, Suebee rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Or a girl and a dog. But alas, it is not. So many of my 2nd-4th grade girls want 'dog books,' and I hoped this would be a good one. It is a good story, nonetheless, but you should tell your reader that it is most definitely not a dog story.

There is a family dog, named Jax, but he is only mentioned briefly. Franny Parker is the older sister to Ben and the younger sister to Sidda.

They live on a farm in Oklahoma with their parents, and Fran Sigh. They live on a farm in Oklahoma with their parents, and Franny enjoys a summer spent taking care of animals in her barn, sort of a makeshift animal hospital, where she nurses mice, possums, swallows, and a cracked turtle named 'Speedbump,' to health. Franny's grandmother also has a bunch of colorful friends, one being a lady named Izzy who wears crazy hats, and they get together to quilt. Franny's summer is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome young boy named Lucas Dunn and his mother - they move in to the house next door, and Franny notices right away the boy's gentle spirit.

While Sidda would rather Lucas like her, Franny is the one he is interested in, and they develop a friendship and hold hands on the ferris wheel at the fair. Something is wrong, though Franny notices Lucas and his mother don't want their name painted on their mailbox. She notices how Lucas mentioned his dad was dead but his mother said that he's just not with them anymore. As an adult, I guessed right away that Mr. Dunn appears and the Parkers know something is wrong with him. Franny even notices bruises all up and down Lucas's arms.

The Parkers are helpless to act until one night when they hear a loud fight coming from the Dunn's home. Franny guesses that Lucas is hiding out behind her barn, and she leaves him food there. Lucas emerges from hiding on the night that Franny's barn goes up in smoke Franny almost dies trying to rescue one of her animals, and Lucas pulls her to safety. Though the area had been experiencing a drought, the cause of the fire is most certainly arson, and Mr. Dunn is accused of setting the fire. I liked the story and how gently the love story was treated. Jul 06, Patty rated it liked it Recommended to Patty by: Shelf awareness book Brahmin.

That summer there were many good intentions that turned out just fine, and quite a few that turned out all wrong. In the past, I have found books to read based on what the writers said they were reading. This time, I decided to read a book by the author who was being interviewed. There was something in the way McKinnon answered the standard questions that made me want to read one of her novels. Franny Parker is the only book by McKinnon at my local library. Although I am not the intended audience, I was glad to meet the Parker family and others from this small town.

I believe that McKinnon got the story right for tweens. Learning that other girls experience some of the same joys and problems that they do make this a sympathetic read. Girls who are in middle school should be able to relate to Franny. I really connected with the parents in this novel. They were put in an awkward place both by their children and by their neighbors.

I thought their actions were well portrayed and understandable under the circumstances. I am not sure that teen-aged readers would see their parents in the same light, but you never know. I recommend this book to younger teens and possibly their parents. Although spousal abuse is a hard topic, McKinnon has given families a way to talk about it in the abstract.

I believe that learning that not all families are the same is an important lesson for us all. Aug 17, Tasha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Franny has grown up in a small Oklahoma town surrounded by her loving family. She has become known for rescuing baby animals and the entire town now brings her tiny furry bundles. When Lucas moves in next door, Franny naively thinks that his past is similar to hers. But readers will realize before Franny does that Lucas and his mother have serious problems that they are running from.

Rescuing Lucas proves much more difficult than rescuing animals, and Franny is not sure that they even want to be Franny has grown up in a small Oklahoma town surrounded by her loving family. Rescuing Lucas proves much more difficult than rescuing animals, and Franny is not sure that they even want to be rescued at all. Lucas is portrayed as much more than a troubled teen with his own way with animals and children. The adults in the small community are drawn with history, clarity and style. This is a family that I loved spending time with. Small touches in the novel make it even more grounded and real.

The annual reading contest at the library, the local fair, and a strong connection to the rural landscape bring the setting fully to life. McKinnon has a strong sense of place and character. It has a freshness, a friendliness, that perfectly matches what is inside. Franny is a character readers will love meeting. She is inspirational, interesting and unique.

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Highly recommended for ages Sep 06, Julia G rated it it was amazing. Franny Parker pages Hannah Roberts Franny Parker is about a girl who lives in Oklahoma with her family and her dog. Franny loves animals very much and wants to help them as much as she can since the terrible drought. She wants to make an animal hostpital in her farm but she has to save enough money to beable to keep it going.

Near the middle of the story she is only up to fourty two dollars. One day Franny realizes that the new next door neighbors are moving in. The boy was about Frannys age and Franny Parker pages Hannah Roberts Franny Parker is about a girl who lives in Oklahoma with her family and her dog. The boy was about Frannys age and was named Lucas.

Lucas said they always move from place to place all the time because of his fathers job so they wont be here long. Lucas decides to help Franny put with her animal hostpital. Read this book and you will find out if she reaches her goal or not!!! I give this book a 5 out of 5 because I loved the fact that it had to do with animals, and how there was a dog on the front cover. I also liked the fact that there was a drought so I got to see how it could effect the animals. From peoples dogs, to birds living in the trees.

One more reason I liked this book is because of how you could see Lucases and Franys friendship grow from one day to the next. So, thats what I thought of this book. Dec 20, Joa Laville rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked it It reminded me in the "feel" and the "voice," not the plot of The Secret Life of Bees, but for young readers. Franny's barn "animal rescue" hospital would have been a dream come true for my young self.

I also like the way the novel deals with a really serious issue in a way that is authentic, but works for younger readers--and doesn't overpower the rest of the story. I love the author's writing style In me it added to the rings of my tree, the hope and the sadness, the trying and the giving up, and trying all over again. It filled me up, spilling into my branches, unfurling my leaves. My limbs tingled with the energy of it. Dec 03, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Franny Parker is a year-old girl living in a farming community in Oklahoma. It's a tough summer for the community.

There's a drought like the town hasn't seen in a long time. A community blueberry orchard and farm is ruined by fire. And many in the town are applying for state aid. That's how tough it is. But, there might be one bright spot. New neighbors move in next door to the Parker family. Just a mother and son. However, there's something a little off about these two. Lucas, the son, is qu Franny Parker is a year-old girl living in a farming community in Oklahoma. Lucas, the son, is quite friendly and enjoys helping Franny with her wildlife rescue hospital much to the chagrin of her older sister Sidda.

Franny is intrigued by the mysterious lack of a father in Lucas' family. Then one day, a strange man shows up at Lucas' house. Nothing's the same after that. This was an amazingly beautiful book. Author McKinnon displays a strong writing style that I haven't seen in a long time. For example, "Pearl was the oldest child in a family of six kids, which meant she had the dubious distinction of being the first representative of the Jones family in every endeavor the public might witness.

Nov 29, Erin Forson rated it did not like it. Franny collects injured animals, especially the wild, non-domestic types, and nurses them all back to good health. When new neighbors arrive next door, Lucas and his mom Lindy, Franny realizes that not only animals need help to get well.

This novel was easy and quick to read, but the conflict, what really makes me get into a book, came too late in the story. I don't think I suspected that there would even be a real problem to solve until at least chapter seven. It was also a little strange to me that Franny and Lucas sort of seemed to have a little romance blooming, and yet Franny seemed like she was only about ten years old.

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She was way too young to be involved with a guy in my opinion. Lastly, the antagonist, the villain, was not very threatening or scary to me. The book might be short and easy to read, but it is not one of my favorite books—perhaps it would be better for younger kids? If you read it and like it, let me know why I may be wrong.

Jan 24, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a well-reviewed and beautifully written book by a first time novelist that takes place during one dry summer in Oklahoma. The writing is excellent and the plot pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. The story touches on many topics from the Dust Bowl of to rain conjuring but the main themes are family violence and helping those in need.


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Franny learns that those in need can be as close as the people living next doorbut sometimes those who need help the most don'e want to accept it. I This is a well-reviewed and beautifully written book by a first time novelist that takes place during one dry summer in Oklahoma. I really liked this book. I read it for a Children's Biblio-therapy class that I was taking. I think it would be an excellent tool for a child in a similar situation; witnessing family violence and not knowing how to help, but I would also recommend it as an really good book. Jun 05, Avery K.

Mallon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Adorable and so sweet, I truly enjoyed this one about a brave 13 year old girl who stands up for herself. Franny is an animal lover with a makeshift animal hospital in her barn. She befriends a kind teenage boy who needs her help, and she must find the courage to do what she knows is right. The family values and animal ties will bind your heart. The writing is evocative. I cheered for Franny and found her to be a role model kid to all.

I was a little surprised that this seemingly sweet cover act Adorable and so sweet, I truly enjoyed this one about a brave 13 year old girl who stands up for herself. I was a little surprised that this seemingly sweet cover actually is a book about a serious topic, but it is well handled and presented. A friend just used this in a local book club with eight 12 year old girls, and they loved it.

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I'm giving this as a gift to my family and friends. I really enjoyed this story. The book was just sitting on my counter. My younger siblings must have gotten it from school and I decided to give it a read. It was really short, I read it in about 2 hours. But the story is touching. Its a story about a young girl who goes through a difficult summer in Oklahoma.


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