Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton

“Hello there, Frankie Joe,” the man says getting out of a Chevy van with Illinois license plates.  “I’m your dad.”

So begins this story about a 12-year-old boy from Laredo, Texas being sent to live with a father he’s never met as well as a stepmother and four half-brothers!  Frankie’s mother is being sent to jail, but he would rather stay with the friends he’s made in the Lone Star Trailer Park.

However, Frankie Joe soon finds himself in the farming country of Illinois.  He is behind in school due to his frequent absences in Texas.  (His mother excused him frequently!)  He has no friends and his new half-brothers seem to resent him.  It’s a tough situation for a kid to handle.

He copes with his adjustment by planning to run away on his old bicycle—a trip of 1,400 miles!  He makes money by starting a delivery service for some of the people he meets.  These friendships help him adjust, but he continues to secretly plan his “escape”!

This book is a heart warming story of family and community support!  Boys and girls would enjoy this book!

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