Dependable, Intermediate, schools, families, dyslexia, New Jersey, mothers and daughters, history, 20th century, prejudice, divorce

Document Type

Book Review


Francie lives in a safe neighborhood in New Jersey in the 1980s, but her experience with a potential kidnapper causes her to become fearful and paranoid. She feels guilty when a peer goes missing, believing it could have been Francie herself who met the same fate. Then Francie discovers her parents will be divorced, and she tries to distract herself by becoming the perfect daughter, friend, and student. Francie also experiences from a distance the troubled relationship between her mother, Dana, and grandmother, Abby, who both starred in the previous two books in the series. Growing up is not easy, but with her family’s support, Francie makes it through.