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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lighthearted but heartfelt look at serious issues.

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What sounds in synopsis like a cardboard comedy, filled with stereotypical characters and stock situations, becomes in author Stauffacher's deft treatment an affecting story with surprising depth. She manages to make Franklin's weird personality believable by combining utter consistency with a light touch, never going too far or making the humor too broad.

But though Franklin is the engaging and humorous narrator, it's not really his story: He is more or less just along for the ride as his mother undertakes Sarah's reclamation. Like Huck Finn, Franklin often describes what he does not really understand, but unlike Twain's character, he gradually starts to get it, and it is that dawning understanding, and eventually even empathy, that enables his heart to begin to gain parity with his intellect. And that's a story worth reading.

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