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Saving Francesca

Melina Marchetta

Library Binding

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Other Editions of This Title:
MP3 CD (4/16/2012)
Paperback (5/9/2006)
Compact Disc (4/1/2004)
MP3 CD (12/1/2015)
Audio Cassette (4/1/2004)
Hardcover (9/28/2004)
Prebound (5/9/2006)
Compact Disc (4/16/2012)
MP3 CD (4/16/2012)
Compact Disc (4/16/2012)


MOST OF MY friends now go to Pius Senior College, but my mother wouldn’t allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didn’t bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother, you’ll sense there’s an irony there, based on the fact that she is the Queen of the Limitation Placers in my life.

Francesca battles her mother, Mia, constantly over what’s best for her. All Francesca wants is her old friends and her old school, but instead Mia sends her to St. Sebastian’s, an all-boys’ school that has just opened its doors to girls. Now Francesca’s surrounded by hundreds of boys, with only a few other girls for company. All of them weirdos—or worse.

Then one day, Mia is too depressed to get out of bed. One day turns into months, and as her family begins to fall apart, Francesca realizes that without her mother’s high spirits, she hardly knows who she is. But she doesn’t yet realize that she’s more like Mia than she thinks. With a little unlikely help from St. Sebastian’s, she just might be able to save her family, her friends, and—especially—herself.

Praise For Saving Francesca

“A rich exploration of maturation, identity, family, and friendship.” —The Bulletin, Starred

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375929823, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2004