Sunday, March 4, 2012

the scrapbook of frankie pratt by caroline preston

A gorgeous graphic novel-cum-scrapbook from a former Harvard archivist with more than 600 pieces of original 1920s material assembled to tell the story of Frankie Pratt, an aspiring writer from small town New England who attends Vassar, then moves to New York, then to Paris, and then back again. Smart yet naive Frankie learns some rough lessons along the way when her heart is broken by men who keep secrets and her work is rejected by well-meaning editors. Although the story is set in the 20s, much of what holds Frankie back applies just as easily to today, including the expectations and unspoken rules placed on women by society and themselves. Give this one to your daughters. Click here for a full review. Grade 8+