Whenever she gets a break from her endless chores, 12-year-old Francie Weaver heads to a hilltop where she can wave at the train that will soon take her away from Noble, Alabama, to live with her daddy in the North. Meanwhile, Francie faces the everyday prejudice and discrimination of her small community. This Coretta Scott King Honor book showcases award-winning author Karen English's unique gift for vividly bringing the African-American experience to life.
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"Francie is a kind-hearted girl living in the hard, cruel world of Noble, Alabama, where prejudice is rampant and living is difficult. Sisi Aisha Johnson's narration, delivered in a soft, innocent voice, makes Francie enter listeners' hearts and draws them close to this young heroine, who is trying to understand the unfair world she lives in. Humble to the core, Francie sees her friend in dire trouble for something he didn't do, and she tries to help him, although she herself will get in trouble for doing so. With a sweet and realistic Southern accent, Johnson tells the story with good timing and appropriate tone, bringing the listener back to an era that should have never been. D.L.M. 2003 ALA Notable Recording (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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