The Noonday Friends Author:Mary Stolz (This is a summary from the front page.) — Eleven-year-old Franny Davis loved school and her family, but there were some things that bothered her. She postivitely longed to be able to turn down the free-lunch pass she received every day at school. And she worried about her friendship with Simone Orgella, who asked how people could be friends if... more » they only saw each other during lunch hour at school and on occasional weekends. Franny didn't mind taking care of her younger brother after school while her mother worked, but it would have been nice to have a little free time.
Then Franny quarreled with Simone and Mr. Davis lost his job again, and the very fabric of the Davises' happiness seemed worn completely threadbare.
As Mrs. Stolz's readers expect, this is a story distinguished by its perception and humor, by its deft portrait of family relationships, and by people who are warm, winning, and absorbingly real.« less