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Puffin, $3.99

The children in Miss Thompson’s 4th grade class knew Fran Ellen Smith as a smelly, “thumb sucker.” The only thing that makes life bearable was the bears’ house, a dolls house the children could play with when they finished their work. It was Fran Ellen’s refuge from her own fatherless home, where the children tried to manage without help from their mentally-ill mother.

School Library Journal:

“… funny, touching story an essential purchase for any library.”


National book Award Nominee; A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year; Austrian Children’s Book Prize.