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I've been really struggling this year to find historical fiction that's enjoyable and to my personal taste, and Francie on the Run did not disappoint. Nothing like a little Hilda van Stockum. This is a story about a little six-year-old boy who escapes from the children's hospital and tries to find his way home to County Cork all by himself. He ends up traveling the length and breadth of Ireland before he finally gets home, helped along the way by kind strangers. It's very firmly a 'fantasy' in t...
My 11 yr old son and I liked this book, second in a series of three, even better than the first! The first introduces the family members with a little adventure. This adventure has even more action, with 6 or 7 yr old Francie boldly deciding to make his own way home from hospital in the city to his home in the Irish countryside. He meets kind and interesting people along the way, who all want to help him get where he wants to go, and finally an old family friend. There are funny moments where hi...
In the hospital Francie is taken aback when he meets a boy who is a Protestant. Reading this as a 6th grader in 1959 I recognized that Catholics might feel about Protestants as I, a Presbyterian, had been taught to feel about Catholics.
A brilliant, rollicking tale that cleverly includes some fantasy (through dreams). The 300 pages go by too quickly!
Great read aloud book. My favorite book in the series.
In this sequel to The Cottage at Bantry Bay, Francie O’Sullivan has finally had the surgery required to heal his foot, and he is ready to head home. Unable to stand being cooped up in the hospital any longer, he takes to the streets of Dublin, determined to get himself home to show his twin brother Liam how well he can walk. When Francie gets on the wrong train, however, he sets into motion a series of encounters with kind strangers who, through roundabout means, help him to get home to Bantry B...
Francie "steals the show" in the second book of the delightful The Cottage at Bantry Bay series. Although I would have liked to see more of the other O'Sullivans, this book is still as charming as the first one and the reader meets more lovable characters.
Francie is a bit bull-headed. He decides his legs are better and escapes from a Dublin hospital, walking to the west of Ireland and having many adventures along the way.
My kids enjoyed this read aloud, which almost had me reading with an Irish brogue.
Good read! Francie is an Irish 'hobbit child' on an adventure, complete with fairies.
10YO girl liked a lot.
I love every book by this author. This was another read aloud to Paul, and we just the story. We couldn't wait to find out what new adventures Francie would have as he traveled across Ireland.