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[Monday Reading] Girl Characters Who Embrace Their Uniqueness

Great pick for Summer Reading Club!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

I’m sharing two middle grade novels this week, both featuring female characters that readers are sure to love.

mr0528aThe Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

Written by April Stevens
Published by Schwartz and Wade (2018)
ISBN: 9781524720612
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From the dust jacket: Eleven-year-old Frances Pauley is an observer of nature and people, just like her idol, the anthropologist Margaret Mead. She spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house, in her “rock world,” as Alvin, her kindhearted and well-read school bus driver and best friend, calls it. It’s one place where Frances can truly be herself, and where she doesn’t have to think about her older sister, Christinia, who is growing up and changing in ways that Frances can’t understand.

Frances Pauley goes by Figgrotten, a name she had given herself because she felt that ‘Frances’ did not really suit her. She put all sorts of words together and Figgrotten somehow stuck. I had to admit, it felt kind of strange reading about a girl named Figgrotten, who is anything but a rotten child. In The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley, April Stevens tells a heartwarming story about an introvert who learns to step out of her comfort zone and connect with others. The book also talks about siblings, friendship, and a child’s way dealing with loss.

mr0528bAnne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

Original story by L.M. Montgomery
Adapted by Mariah Marsden
Illustrated by Brenna Thummler
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing (2017)
ISBN: 9781449479602
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From the back cover synopsis: Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan to help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them.

A confession: I have never read the original Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I know of it but never really had the chance to read it when I was growing up. I’ve seen a DVD copy of the PBS mini-series many times in our library. I did watch the first two episodes of the Netflix series (titled “Anne with an E“), so I somehow got acquainted with the story.

All that aside, I was so thrilled to find the graphic novel adaptation in our library. I devoured the book in one sitting! I enjoyed Brenna Thummler’s illustrations and I love how the comic panels reflected the scenes I saw on Netflix. Anne Shirley was quite a character. She was funny, theatrical, and headstrong. She was unapologetically herself. Great pick for Summer Reading Club!

Currently Reading…


American Gods Volume 1: Shadows

Ha! Another graphic novel adaptation! I appreciate these because it’s hard to find time to read books with 400+ pages! I’m about halfway through this book, and I think I’ll start watching the TV series when I’m done reading!


Maisie Dobbs (#1)

This series was recommended to me by a co-worker friend who absolutely adores Maisie Dobbs. I’m only three chapters in and I like the writing so far despite the negative reviews on Goodreads.

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6 comments on “[Monday Reading] Girl Characters Who Embrace Their Uniqueness

  1. lindabaie

    I have some Maisie Dobbs books, still haven’t opened them! Maybe someday! Thanks for the new books, The Heart & Mind of Frances Pauley & the new graphic novel of Anne! Wow! Both sound good, the 1st for a young granddaughter! Thanks, Fats!

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  2. I like how many of these old classics have been turned into graphic novels. The copy of Anne at the library I have been working in lately circulates regularly. I read the entire series in my youth. She sure is an amazing character. I adored American Gods so much that I went on to read his two Anansi Boys novels. I wonder if the graphic novel can really do credit to the story. Thanks for the heads up about The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley. I’m very happy that my library system has a couple of copies.


  3. I grew up with Anne of Green Gables, and I’m really excited for the graphic novel, I love seeing much-loved classics getting new interpretations that will hopefully make them more accessible to new generations of readers!


  4. I have to make the same confession about Anne of Green Gables. I’m so embarrassed!! At least I’m not alone. LOL Oh my, The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley sounds very good. I’m definitely adding that to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!


  5. Sarah Sammis

    I want to read The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley. I’ve put a hold request for it at the library. The original Anne of Green Gables is very different from the Anne with E (or just Anne in the rest of the world). It’s happier and less melodramatic (though not devoid of melodrama). Anne is also very talkative so the book tends to be wordy. That said, I love it and re-read it semi-regularly. My weekly update

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  6. bluestockingthinking

    I need to read the graphic version of Anne! I’ve had it kicking around my classroom for a while now. I adore her 🙂


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