ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library announces an author talk and question & answer session with middle-grade author and National Book Award Finalist, Leslie Connor, Wednesday, August 3, from 4-5 p.m., in the library’s Rockport Room. The event is for ages 6+, and no registration is required.
You can check out Leslie Connor's newest book at the library. Her newest title, Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?, takes place in coastal Maine.
Leslie Connor is a “dedicated daydreamer” and writer who believes middle grade is her wheelhouse, according to RPL, in a news release. She is the award-winning author of the novels Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, an E.B White Read Aloud finalist, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, and A Home for Goddesses and Dogs. Her most recent title is, Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? (February, 2022).
Connor lives with her husband and rescue dogs in a little house in the Connecticut woods.
Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Aurora Petrequin’s best friend has never spoken a word to her. In fact, Frenchie Livernois doesn’t talk. Aurora is bouncy, loud and impulsive—“a big old blurter.” Making friends has never come easily. When Frenchie, who is autistic, silently chose Aurora as his person back in third grade, she chose him back. They make a good team, sharing their love of the natural world in coastal Maine.
In the woods, Aurora and Frenchie encounter a piebald deer, a rare creature with a coat like a patchwork quilt. Whenever it appears, Aurora feels compelled to follow.
At school, Aurora looks out for Frenchie, who has been her classmate until this year. One morning, Frenchie doesn’t make it to his classroom. Aurora feels she’s to blame. The entire town begins to search, and everyone wonders: how is it possible that nobody has seen Frenchie?
At the heart of this story is the friendship between hyper-talkative Aurora and nonvocal Frenchie. Conflict arises when Aurora is better able to expand her social abilities and finds new friends. When Frenchie goes missing, Aurora must figure out how to use her voice to help find him, and lift him up when he is found.