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I liked this book more than the last installment in the series, but, I don't know, I felt like the series had such potential at the beginning, and it's such a neat concept, yet I feel like the execution is kind of lacking. However Abby, the star of the first book, and Dana, her daughter, don't get along. And Abby was barely mentioned in this book, starring Francie, her granddaughter. To me, that ki I liked this book more than the last installment in the series, but, I don't know, I felt like the series had such potential at the beginning, and it's such a neat concept, yet I feel like the execution is kind of lacking.

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To me, that kind of defeats the purpose. Maybe because I'm close with my family, so it's disappointing to read this. It would make more sense if Adele had been the star of the first book, as she figured so prominently in second and third. I mean, I'm assuming that Abby and Dana will make up by the last book, so that we can have all four generations of women together And the endings just kind of seem to be glossed over, when things really start to get interesting, and the girls start getting older and establishing their family and getting things set up for the next generation.

In 17 pages, Francie started college, finished college, and bought a house while pregnant with her husband. I know I'm not the target audience, but I'd rather read that then a random Thanksgiving dinner with some family members that were only mentioned once. Apr 08, Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing. This book is not only a story of struggling with Dyslexia though, it is a story of learning to overcome prejudices even amongst family members, and it is a story of learning to love people for who they are, sadly not everyone gets that's lesson before they die, but Francie is determined not to be filled with hate.

Francie makes it through highs school with high honors and gets into the college of her first choice, and by the end of this novel, you can see how far she has come once she graduates college and gets her degree, and starts making a name for herself. Being both dyslexic and an author this book really wrung true for me, and although this book is geared towards those in third through seventh grade, I think many adults would enjoy this book too, and perhaps learn a thing or two from Francie Five Stars for an excellent book Jun 08, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: Martin moves into the next generation of her imaginary family tree in this the third title of her series.

This one focuses on Dana's daughter Francie. Despite her struggles with dyslexia and reading, life is pretty good for Francie. She loves her Princeton, New Jersey, home, and has supportive parents and friends. When a stranger almost lures her into his car to see his puppy and later, another neighbor girl disappears, Francie is convinced that her keeping the occurrence a secret resulte Ann M.

When a stranger almost lures her into his car to see his puppy and later, another neighbor girl disappears, Francie is convinced that her keeping the occurrence a secret resulted in the girl's likely death and that her parents will blame her. The secret changes her in several ways, making her less trusting and even more secretive. As family births and deaths occur and even the family dynamics in which she is living change, Francie continues to excel as a writer.

I continue to find it interesting how the author chooses certain events as being particularly impactful for her characters and how the actions of the past generation make more sense with the perspective of a few decades. For instance, it is now easier to understand how Dana's decision to move to New York and live with her aunt Adele affected her mother, Abby. As often seems the case in this series, the ending is a bit abrupt. After all that attention spent on the formative years, suddenly Francie is in college, and a few years later, married and pregnant, and purchasing a house.

Still, I find this series charming and insightful into its characters and the times in which they are growing up. May 30, Jenna rated it it was ok Shelves: I might've enjoyed this series more had I started at the beginning, but I have a feeling it might not have made a difference. Firstly, I dislike time-skips, and secondly, I dislike "problem novels. I know it's supposed to be the lifespan of one character, tied to t I might've enjoyed this series more had I started at the beginning, but I have a feeling it might not have made a difference.

I know it's supposed to be the lifespan of one character, tied to the rest of the family, but I never felt like I actually got to know Francie. Instead, I saw glimpses of her and the moment I started to actually get into the scene, poof, we're six months or more into the future. Which is one of the reasons I disliked the movie Boyhood, while still appreciating the use of the same cast through time The writing style was all right and it was entertaining to follow along Francie's life. Nothing really stood out much in that regard.

I did want to know more about Francie and her family and almost wish the book was longer without the ridiculous time skips. It might've been enjoyable then. Jul 04, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: It chronicles, through diary-like vignettes, the life of Francie Goldberg, starting at age 6 in , all the way to two years after completing college. Through it all, Francie achieves success with a supportive system of family and friends although some family unfortunately has some prejudices with her being half Jewish.

I recommend this for 4th-5th grade readers who like the American Girls books and are ready to move beyond that. I also recommend that readers start first with the first two Family Tree books: May 24, Ms. B rated it liked it Shelves: Martin's Family Tree series continues. In this installment, we meet Francie, Dana's daughter.

Francie like Grandma Abby in Book 1 is a very likable character. Dana vacillates between being the self-centered character she was in Book 2 to being a kind caretaker. She is good mother to Francie and takes her brother Peter in as a family member as Grandma Abby grows too old to take care of him. The best part of this book is revisiting all the characters from the previous books; Papa Luther, Fr Ann M. The best part of this book is revisiting all the characters from the previous books; Papa Luther, Fred, Adele, Peter and more. Definitely looking forward to the conclusion of this series in Book 4!

Nov 22, Yapha rated it liked it Shelves: Francie is Dana's daughter and Abby's granddaughter in this third book which continues their family saga. Like the other two, it skips large portions of their lives to trace Francie's life from third grade through college.

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In it, Francie has to deal with assorted changes in her life, including death, divorce, and friends moving schools. As this series continues, I find myself less and less interested in what happens to the characters. Too much time passes and there is not enough room to learn en Francie is Dana's daughter and Abby's granddaughter in this third book which continues their family saga. Too much time passes and there is not enough room to learn enough about them.

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It is a great idea for a series, but it is lacking in the execution. Jun 28, Martha rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a perfect choice for readers who appreciate beautifully depicted characters. The hard challenges that face Francie, the main character, I won't mention because it will spoil the story. The third book in this four part series, spans the time period between a time I recall quite clearly. Ann Martin brings it to life through issues that span the test of time, prejudice, dyslexia, and Down syndrome to name only a few. The realism and emotion of a family that truly cares for one ano This is a perfect choice for readers who appreciate beautifully depicted characters.

The realism and emotion of a family that truly cares for one another is often painful but makes for exceptional storytelling. Jan 30, JodyReads rated it it was ok Shelves: I keep reading these book because my niece really loves them. I mostly think they're okay. I get a little tired of the teen drama and the I-know-more-than-you ideology that accompanies it. But it is interesting to see how the lives have changed and stayed the same throughout the generations.

Perhaps I would like this set of books more if I read them consecutively and could keep all the stories in my head at the same time. If your fifth grader or up like stories about people -- especially with a I keep reading these book because my niece really loves them. If your fifth grader or up like stories about people -- especially with a historical bent, give this series a try.

Feb 07, Lisa Kizer rated it it was ok. The best kept secret was Francie's near kidnapping and possible murder as a child. She never mentioned it to family or friends, another girl is kidnapped and that girl is never found. It haunts Francie for the rest of the book.

I kept wndering what was the point of this episode in the book if she never addresses and does something about it. I think it bothered me the reader more than it bothered the main character. It just did not fit into the story especially when you figure who t This was odd. It just did not fit into the story especially when you figure who the audience of the book is aimed at. Jan 20, Emily rated it it was amazing. Francie and her parents live in Princeton, NJ and they are happy there.

But all of the sudden everything changes. Francie has to keep a secret from her parents that she almost gets kidnapped. Her parents get a divorce and she loses her Aunt Adele and Papa Luther not as sorry for that one she keeps getting her entire life changed. Will she be able to deal with everything that's going on? Jan 07, Jennifer rated it liked it. This book is the third in a series of four. It's also the most depressing of the three.

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I enjoyed the first book the most except for the abrupt ending. The ending of the second book is better. The ending of this book is the best. I look forward to reading the last book in the series when it comes out next year. Jan 16, Reader Girl rated it it was ok. The best thing about the book was that it took place in my era.

I don't think this would be very exciting to the intended audience. The abduction was the most interesting part of this book, but that part would be scary to young readers and there was never a resolution. The saving grace of this book is the portions on Uncle Peter and Great Uncle Fred, men with mental disabilities.

Mar 08, Melissa Chandler rated it it was ok. Francie lives in New Jersey and has a seemingly normal life. She goes through trials of friendship, an almost abduction, the divorce of her parents, and a family death in a slow, methodical way. The book is very slow moving, and it was hard to get into. Apr 03, Kirsten rated it liked it. Again, a weaker link. I'm hoping for a lot of wrapping up and revelations and epiphanies in the 4th book The characterization across many years seems consistent, which is nice.

Oct 29, Cosette rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book, because it presented a character I felt I could relate to. It deals with some difficult topics ex: I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fourth book. Mar 01, Gail Shipley rated it really liked it. Good read for girls. This is the 3rd in a series of 4. This story tells the major events of a young girl starting with first grade and taking her though motherhood.

She has a secret. Is an excellent book to read with a class to discuss the secret and ask what you would do in the situation. May 12, Abby Maahs rated it really liked it.

I really like these books because it is fun to grow up with the characters. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer. Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings.

Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes. Ann has always enjoyed writing. The Baby-Sitters Club Jessi and the Awful Secret.

Stacey the Math Whiz. Romance of the Snob Squad. The Truth About Stacey: Logan Likes Mary Anne! The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery Dawn and the Halloween Mystery. The Baby-Sitters Club 3: The Truth About Stacey.

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The Baby-Sitters Club 2: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls. The Autobiography of a Stray. Mary Anne Misses Logan. The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries 7: Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs. The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery 9: Kristy and the Haunted Mansion. Claudia and the Mystery At the Museum.

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Dawn and the Big Sleepover. Stacey and the Mystery At the Mall. Claudia Makes Up Her Mind. Lassie Come-Home 75th Anniversary Edition. Eleven Kids, One Summer. Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph. Baby-Sitters Club Mystery Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery. Stacey and the Mystery Money. Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade. The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries 5: Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic.

Kristy and the Missing Fortune. Kristy and the Baby Parade. Stacey and the Mystery of the Empty House. Mary Anne and the Library Mystery. The Baby-Sitters Club 1: The Baby-Sitters Club 4: Mary Anne Saves the Day. Mary Anne and the Great Romance. Mallory and the Mystery Diary. Jessi and the Dance School Phantom. Mary Anne Saves the Day: Dawn on the Coast.