Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Marchetta, Melina.
New York : Knopf, 2004
ISBN 0375929827
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Francesca sure misses talking with her mother about the tough things in life.  But her mother has suffered a break down and now has sunken into a deep depression.  And here is Francesca in a new school and totally confused.  The school has been all male but this year they have agreed to accept girls.  Francesca is one of those.  But is she welcome?  And she misses her old friends.  And she is surrounded by the uncoolest girls in the world.  And the boys are so hopeless.  All except for one -- but he has a girlfriend.  How will she ever survive this year?
SUBJECTS:     Sexism -- Fiction.
                        Catholic schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Depression, Mental -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Australia -- Fiction.
                        Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Fiction.
                        Australia -- Fiction.
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