Frannie in Pieces (Paperback)

By Delia Ephron, Chad Beckerman (Illustrator)

Harper Teen, 9780060747183, 374pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2009



What does you in--brain or heart?

Frannie asks herself this question when, a week before she turns fifteen, her dad dies, leaving her suddenly deprived of the only human being on planet Earth she feels understands her. Frannie struggles to make sense of a world that no longer seems safe. She discovers an elegant wooden box with an inscription: Frances Anne 1000. Inside, Frannie finds one thousand hand-carved and -painted puzzle pieces. She wonders if her father had a premonition of his death and finished her birthday present early. Feeling broken into pieces herself, Frannie slowly puts the puzzle together. But as she works, something remarkable begins to happen: She is catapulted into a foreign landscape suspended in time where she can discover her father as he was B.F.--before Frannie.

Praise For Frannie in Pieces

“Ephron writes with ease and agility…this is an exceptional story.”-
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Readers who like a good laugh along with a healthy dose of human drama and a touch of magical realism will like this one.”-
-KLIATT (starred review)

“Imaginative and insightful.”-
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Wonderful, multifaceted story weaves the best of science fiction, coming-of-age, family relationships, teenage angst, and mystery together with humor and perfect pacing.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)