Loud Silence of Francine Green, The
Author: Karen Cushman
Year Reviewed:: 2007
Review: In 1949, thirteen-year-old, Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values. Cushman creates a character who is planted in her time and who grows in courage, self-awareness and conviction. She capture the era with references to "Dragnet", to duck and cover drills in schools, to the building of bomb shelters in backyards. A rich, satisfying story about early adolescence.