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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
by Lutricia Clifton
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
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Paperback Edition
Kindle Edition

Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe felt secure in the trailer park in Laredo, even after his mom went to jail. He had friends like Mr. Lopez, the "house artist" who let Frankie name the new colors of paint he created. Mrs. Jones, a retired librarian, lived just next door. She enjoyed his company and loved reading her adventure books to him. A couple of trailers down lived Mr. O'Hare who was old. But when he was young, he was a United States Air Force mechanic. He had seen the world, but he never got married. Frankie knew that Mr. O'Hare thought of him as the grandson he never got to have. Together they spent hours in the Chihuahua desert behind the trailer park looking for remnants of space rock from the meteor that broke up there. Frankie Joe was happy, but he was too young to stay by himself for long.

That's when Frankie Joe's life changed. His father whom he had never met drove from Illinois to pick him up to live with him and his new family "temporarily" until his mother got out of jail. It was the "temporarily" that made life bearable there for Frankie Joe. Intent on teaching his oldest son "responsibility," he incorporates daily lessons and family chores. His four younger (legitimate) half-brothers had their places in the family, but they weren't so sure that Frankie Joe belonged. Matt, the oldest of the four, was determined to make life miserable for Frankie Joe, and the others joined in the bullying. When life became unbearable, he made plans to ride 1400 miles back to Laredo on his old second-hand ten-speed bicycle to be there at the trailer when his mom came home. His plans would cost money, so Frankie became an entrepreneur, delivering pizzas on his bike to the farm families. His plans did not take into consideration the unpredictable changing weather or his equally unpredictable new family.

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton is terrific realistic family fiction that keeps the reader turning pages to see how Frankie Joe will fare in his new family. Will his four brothers come to respect and empathize with Frankie Joe or will they drive him away? The brothers' bullying opens up an important path to readers learning empathy or compassion, the trait upon which all other character traits are built.

The Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic skills, teambuilding, and guarantees thoughtful social interaction and exciting academic growth for every classroom. Activities for handling bullying and celebrating perseverance and patience are incorporated. Freaky Fast Frankie Joe is an essential part of every home and school library. You will want this Kids Wings literature guide PLUS a class set of this terrific novel!

Research Links for
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
by Lutricia Clifton

Lutricia Clifton's Web Page

Bullying: Teens-- Kids -- Parents -- Educators -- CyberBullying
Kid Power: Bullying

Crossword Puzzle: Laredo to Illinois (PDF Corrections)

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Kids Wings Quotes

Quotes to memorize:

"To laugh at a man of sense is the privilege of fools."

"A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains." Dutch proverb

"Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice." George Jackson (1941 - 1971)

"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind." Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew." Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)

Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least, you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.
Benjamin Franklin

There is no character, regardless how good and fine, that cannot be destroyed by ridicule, even that which is poor and witless. Mark Twain


The 50-page Kids Wings Literature Guide includes a 50-slide Interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Freaky Fast Frankie Joe. Available NOW!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journal
Map Activities: Where in the USA Is Illinois?
2-Page Play Script
A Vocabulary List
Prediction and Chapter Questions with Quick Write Prompts
Character Study
Researching Color, A Color Wheel, and Color Experiments
Literary Devices, A Showcase
Illustrate Part of Your Town
Crossword Puzzle: Laredo to Illinois (Corrections)
Multiple Choice Comprehension by Dates for 8 Sections
It's About Time, Math Problem Solving
Words to Pictures, Visualizing the Story, 3 pages
Straws on the Camel's Back
Cause and Effect
Talk About the Story, a Discussion Guide
A Visual Summary
What If?
Analyzing Poetry: "Masks"
Comparing "Masks" to the Story, Multiple Choice and Short Answer
Learning from Frankie Joe
Logic Puzzle: What to Do If You Are Being Bullied
Discussion: There's More to the Story
Creating a New Chapter, Guided Writing
First Draft to Final Draft
After-Reading Discussion Cards
Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe is one of the 27 units in the Kids Wings
Literature Collection, Growing Young Americans


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