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Cushman, Karen. 
New York : Clarion Books, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 0618504559
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What would you do if you were taught to always follow the rules and not get involved your whole life?  What if your new best friend was fearless, and changed everything you've ever learned?  Well, this is the story of Francine Green, the thirteen year old girl who doesn't speak up because she is afraid of getting into trouble.  Her best friend, Sophie Bowman, on the other hand, talks out of turn, protests injustice, and even gets kicked out of a public school to go to the All Saints School for Girls with Francine.  The nuns are worried about Francine's new best friend, but Sophie and Francine don't care.  They are best friends and aren't going to change.  Before, all Francine had to worry about was how to get into a movie premier to see her favorite actor, Montgomery Clift.  Now, Sophie has Francine thinking about things she never thought about before, like the atom bomb and communists.  Sophie always protests things she doesn't believe in, and Francine decides she wants to be heard, even if it means speaking up to the person she fears most. 

The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman is a good read for middle school kids.  It talks about important issues of the world today and the importance of friendship.  To find out more about life changing experiences read this book.  (Emily C., student)

SUBJECTS:     Conformity -- Fiction.
                        Catholic schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- Fiction.
                        United States -- Politics and government -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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