INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Stevens, April

The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

(2) 4-6 Fifth grader and budding anthropologist Frances prefers being outdoors and renames herself Figgrotten. The loss of a beloved school bus driver is difficult for Figgrotten since she has so few other friends, but this event pushes her to step outside her comfort zone. This introspective novel treats differences in temperament matter-of-factly, and though the protagonist's quirks are particular to her, many will understand her introverted nature and difficulty relating to others.

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