Frankie’s World – Aoife Dooley

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Frankie feels different, she always has done. Sometimes, she even wonders if she’s an alien! Is it because she’s smaller than everyone else in class? Or that she has to go to hospital? If only she could find her dad – who left when she was younger – Frankie could get some answers and maybe begin to understand why she does feel this way and know more about who she is.

With her two friends, Frankie attempts to find out about her past, to help her feel more confident in her future. Despite being the misfits of the class, can they overcome the obstacles and work together to help not only Frankie, but each other?

Over the past year, I have become a huge fan of graphic novels. The impact they can have within a classroom can be huge; this year they have helped my class really embrace reading and build a love of books. Frankie’s World is one I am really excited to add to my class collection as it is so fantastic for representation. The characters within the book will not only help children see themselves reflected in the pages, but also understand the positive impact differences can have.

Set in Ireland, it tells the story of Frankie as she navigates life at school, where she feels different from her classmates. It is endearing to see Frankie’s thoughts and feelings displayed throughout the story, and seeing how she manages (or not, as sometimes the case is) her worries. Alongside this, we see the support she gets from her friends, and how important this is to Frankie.

A helpful book in the classroom for embracing differences, it is definitely one I know my class will not only enjoy, but build empathy from, too.

If you like the sound of this book, buy it here.

Emily x

📚Book gifted by publisher

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