The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

Eleven-year-old Frances is an observer of both 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, calls it. It's the one place where Frances can truly be herself, and where she doesn't have to think about her old Eleven-year-old Frances is an observer of both nature and people, just like her idol, the anthropologist Margaret Mead. S...

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Title:The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley
Author:April Stevens
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Genres:Childrens
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:197 pages pages

The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley Reviews

  • Destinee Sutton
    Apr 24, 2018
    A quiet story about a memorable kid on the edge of becoming more self-aware. Frances Pauley calls herself Figgrotten though nobody else does (it reminded me of George because the close third person narration describes the main character as she sees herself, not necessarily as the world...
  • Laura Gardner
    Feb 19, 2018
    ?????/5 for THE HEART AND MIND OF FRANCES PAULEY by #AprilStevens. I received this book in exchange for a review on the MA youth services blog. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Figgrotten, a white fifth grader whose real name is Frances, lives a lonely life. Her best fri...
  • iLa
    Mar 31, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. There were many challenging, emotional situations that Frances experiences. Characters learn and grow through the difficulties. I like that in middle grade books because it opens the door to discuss how to handle trials and changes. They provide a way for ch...
  • Barbara
    Feb 19, 2018
    Eleven-year-old Frances Pauley finds school especially hard this year. Francis prefers to call herself Figgrotten, and she draws inspiration from the example of anthropologist Margaret Mead as she observes the world around her and her classmates. She even has a poster of Lucy, a four-m...
  • Terrie
    Nov 27, 2018
    I absolutely had no desire to even read this book when I learned of her self-given nickname (Figgrotten), which is never really explained. But I am glad I kept on with it because it was a very sweet story of a young girl who is awkward and prefers to be alone, but is very smart. It e...
  • Kris
    Mar 12, 2018
    I absolutely adored The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley from start to finish and already have 3 people that I can't wait to share it with. Frances (or Figgrotten as she prefers) is a 6th grader who loves nature and science and is a great observer of people - though she keeps most at...
  • Sarai
    May 03, 2018
    This is about a young woman named Frances who has chosen to go by Figgrotten. Figgrotten is a bit different from the other students, and shy. Her best friend is the school bus driver. Her sister is starting to like boys. A new kid comes to her school. Everything is changing, and Figgro...
  • Tamara
    Dec 31, 2018
    The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley is a love letter to kids with rich internal lives. The curious kids. The kids brave enough to be themselves. The observers. The thinkers. The creators. And really, don?t we wish that for all of our kids? The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley is ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 15, 2018
    Copy graciously provided by the publisher upon request Frances (who refers to herself as Figgrotten because she likes the way it sounds) has some quirky personality features, including an immense love of nature that causes her to fill her room with branches and sleep with the windows ...
  • ⋟Kimari⋞
    Dec 07, 2018
    You might also enjoy: ? Moonpenny Island ? Beyond the Bright Sea ? Counting By 7s ? Prairie Evers ? When Friendship Followed Me Home ? Courage for Beginners ? Goodbye Stranger ...
  • Gretchen
    Jun 03, 2018
    I related to Frances, or Figgrotten, as she likes to be called. She doesn't see the world in the same way that her family does, especially not the way her older sister does. She embraces other favorites and a streak of independence that others see as stand-offish. The only person who s...
  • Amy
    Mar 22, 2018
    Middle grade novel about a quirky middle schooler dealing with school, family, learning to form friendships, and growing up. The pacing was a bit slow, and the repeating of the main characters self given nickname every few sentences got old, but as a quick read, it made a good audio bo...
  • Maureen
    Jun 15, 2018
    Where does childhood end and adolescence begin? Frances Pauley, who calls herself Figgrotten, is struggling with growing up and the inevitable pains that accompany it. Her best friend in the world is Alvin, her elderly but well read bus driver. Alvin encourages Figgrotten in her natura...
  • Karina
    Jan 22, 2018
    A gorgeous, gorgeous book. ...
  • Kelsey Buckley
    Apr 06, 2018
    Frances (or Figgrotten as she prefers) is an observer who looks up to anthropologist, Margaret Mead. She is on the quirky side and spends most of her time in her rock world. She has grown apart from her older sister, and her bus driver, Alvin, is one of her closest friends. When someth...
  • Lisa
    Mar 26, 2018
    This was an enjoyable read about Frances aka Figgrotten as she works to find herself. She is in 7th grade and she is struggling with her identity. Her stable home life has allowed her to grow up expressing her individuality and she is successful as an outdoor enthusiast and budding lif...
  • Katherine
    Jun 11, 2018
    This is a highly introspective middle-grade novel about a socially detached girl who, through trial and error, learns to engage with the world around her. Frances Pauley is probably the most quintessential Enneagram Type 4 character I have ever read: she has a rich interior life, full ...
  • Diana Thomsen
    Aug 28, 2018
    I was deeply disappointed with this book. On one hand, it was a moving and beautiful coming of age story. A marvelous middle grade novel about a girl so unique and precious that you can't help but cheer for her. Great family relationships and wonderful community members. However, the a...
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Mar 05, 2018
    Figgrotten seems real, with all the bad and good feelings that kids have. I liked how she got to feel them -- the sadness, the jealousy, the sibling issues, but that she also managed to work through them. Well, the sadness (at least the sadness due to grief) is going to be there for a ...
  • Fats
    May 24, 2018
    In The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley, April Stevens weaves a heartfelt story about siblings, friendship, and coping with loss and grief. Figgrotten is a new character to love. ...
  • Marty
    Oct 29, 2018
    Frances is content when she is outdoors and alone, getting to know local flora and fauna such as the crows that keep stopping by to visit. Like her idol Margaret Mead, Frances is an observer of nature and humans. Frances loves her rocky outdoor hideout and she spends time there in good...
  • Heidi Burkhart
    Mar 24, 2018
    A remarkably innocent book, for this day and age, about a young girl who is sensitive, academic and doesn't fit in. She learns through experiences, both good and painful, that she is a good person who no longer has to live life from the outside looking in. The perfect audience woul...
  • Leonard Kim
    Sep 17, 2018
    Listened to audiobook. Really 3.5 stars, but this is another debut book and another book about a "quirky" girl yet largely manages to avoid the sins that often accompany both of those, so kudos for that. It's actually pretty impressive how fresh this felt since, on the one hand, the wh...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    May 02, 2018
    Stevens, April The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley, 196 pages. Schwartz and Wade Books (Random House), 2018. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. Frances Pauley is an eleven year old who is quirky and loves nature. Frances? teenage sister, Christina is embarras...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 20, 2018
    Frances (who calls herself "Figgrotten") feels different from the other fifth graders in her class, and from her very normal acting family. She can hardly stand to be indoors, and spends as much time as possible in the rocky hills behind her house, where she studies the world and think...
  • Juliana Muñoz
    May 31, 2018
    At begining I was very excited about this book. The main character, Figrotten, was very interesting, lonely and particular. Her relationship with nature, wildlife and the school bus driver was great. But then it turned predictable... I just felt it very slow (some dialogues are forced ...
  • Carole McClung
    Aug 09, 2018
    I read this one aloud with my ten-year-old daughter this summer. We were both excited to continue the story each night. Figrotten is a compelling character. We laughed and cried and both loved the story. ...
  • Diane Magras
    Mar 11, 2018
    Figgrotten, as Frances Pauley has named herself, is a kid that certain young readers will instantly connect with. She?s odd, but in ways that kids like her will understand and appreciate, as there?s really no one like her in #kidlit. She?s brilliant, and extremely sensitive. She ...
  • Allie Holler
    Apr 18, 2018
    Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley written by April Stevens is an amazing book. This story is about a little girl names Frances who is in love with nature and people watching. She is one of a kind, dresses differently than her classmates and isolated. She gave herself a nickname ?Figgr...
  • Shawna Busby
    Jun 05, 2018
    It is about a quirky middle school girl who has given herself a new name "Figgrotten". She is basically a loner that loves nature to the extent of bringing it into her bedroom. Her older sister is a typical teenager that is angry and moody and sometimes mean to Figgrotten. Figgrotten i...