Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Oates, Carol Joyce.

New York : Harper Collins, 2003
ISBN 0066237572
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Fifteen-year-old Francesca “Franky” Pierson recalls when shortly after her fourteenth birthday she and some school friends attend a party on  Puget Sound . While there she has a terrifying encounter with an older boy who dubs her “Freaky Green Eyes”. In her mind, the name fits. Later, when Franky is trying to deal with her parents’ separation, “Freaky” returns. Actually, her mother has caused all the trouble anyway. She continues to provoke Franky’s dad. She never wants to go out with her famous husband anymore, and she prefers to hang out with her new artistic friends in Santa Barbara. Eventually her mom moves away to her family’s cabin on the lake, and Franky and her sister, Samantha, are left to deal with their insecure father and step brother. It isn’t until Franky’s mom ends up missing that “Freaky” re-appears and helps Franky clearly see what has really happened to her family. (Prepared by: Donna E. Moyer, Media Specialist –  Fort Dorchester High School , SCASL Young Adult Book Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Family violence -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Psychological abuse -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
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