Adorable, adorable, adorable. And oh-so-sweet. When I saw the cover, with a girl and a dog, I was pretty much sold, but after reading this short little book, I soon realized it was about so much more than just animals. Family, friendships, and telling the truth are huge themes, and having the animals mixed in just made it that much better.
Franny Parker is written by Hannah Roberts McKinnon and features a precocious 13 year old girl, Franny, that absolutely loves rescuing and caring for animals, much like the rest of her family. She takes in anything wounded and attempts to nurse them back to health, opening her own small "animal hospital" that summer.
When the Dunn's move in next door, everything gets a whole lot more interesting that summer, as the boy, Lucas, becomes her friend. Filled with secrets and mystery, Lucas certainly peaks Franny's interest, but his love of books and animals is what really brings her to like him and when she finds out what his secret is, she quickly begins to understand what true friendship really means.
Franny Parker is filled with love of family and friends, hope, a bit of mystery, and a lot of real-to-life pain. Written beautifully and filled with wonderful characters (and animals!), I now feel a pretty big attachment to this little middle grade novel.
Definitely recommended for libraries and for any middle grader that loves a good story.
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Hannah Roberts McKinnon