The Noonday Friends

Author(s): Mary Stolz
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Product Number: Z14943
Released: Jan 15, 2020
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ISBN: #9781980024187
Narrator/s: Barbara Caruso
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"You never can do anything except on weekends," Simone complained. "How can people be friends only on weekends?" Stiffening, Franny said, "If you don't want to be friends, Simone, then all right." Threatened, as she so often was, with tears, Franny, as she usually did, fought them back. "See if I care," she said airily. Franny does care-a lot. But what can she do? Her mother works long hours at the laundromat, and her father can't seem to hold down a regular job. And who is going to clean the house and look after 4-year-old Marshall? It all falls on Franny's shoulders. But Franny will suffer any indignity-even her shabby clothes and not having enough lunch money-if her best friend Simone is on her side. But lately, Simone keeps taking about dopey rich Lila, and all the free time she has to play. How can Franny and Simone be friends if they never see each other?


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The Noonday Friends
Product Number: BX00081328
Product Number:C2805
Product Number:Z14943

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Author(s): Mary Stolz
Narrator(s): Barbara Caruso
Product Number C2805
Released: Jul 27, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419301469
Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Mary Stolz
Product Number 44525
Released: Jun 28, 2007
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ISBN: #9781419383441

Professional reviews

"Troubled friendships, ethnic diversity and a father struggling with unemployment are all part of this story in which family values are clearly demonstrated. Franny suffers a multitude of emotions as she experiences the joys and trials of adolescence. Much of the reading has a quiet quality that is soothing to listen to. The use of Irish brogue and Spanish accent for the various characters enahances the narration. The words of the grumpy shop owner are read with obvious relish for the part of the villian, who turns out to be a kind person in the end. The entire tone of the story and the narration is comforting and will appeal to children ages 9-12. C.A.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"