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    Lexile measure: HL600L
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The Life and Deaths of Frankie D.
By (author): Colleen Nelson



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Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Interest age, years 12 - 15, Reading age, years 12 - 15
Apr 13, 2021
$14.99 CAD


8in x 5 x 1 in | 230 gr

Page Count:

256 pages
Dundurn Press
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Magical realism
  • Short Description
Frankie’s past is a mystery. Her recurring dreams of a hundred-year-old circus side show just may hold the key, but when she sees the performers in real life, she has no idea what to believe. Are the dreams Frankie’s way of working through trauma, or something more sinister at play?
A fantastical novel from award-winning author Colleen Nelson, about a hundred-year-old side show and a girl with no past.

Frankie doesn’t trust easily. Not others and not even herself. Found in an alley when she was a child, she has no memory of who she is or why she was left there. Recurring dreams about a hundred-year-old carnival side show, a performer known as Alligator Girl, and a man named Monsieur Duval have an eerie familiarity to them.

Frankie gets drawn deeper into Alligator Girl’s world and the secrets that keep the performers bound together. But a startling encounter with Monsieur Duval when she’s awake makes Frankie wonder what’s real and what’s in her head.

As Frankie’s and Alligator Girl’s stories unfold, Frankie’s life takes a sharp turn. Are the dreams her way of working through her trauma or is there a more sinister plan at work? And if there is, does she have the strength to fight it?

  • An exhilarating urban fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who's haunted by circus performers from 100 years ago
  • Fans of YA circus novels such as Caraval and Daughter of the Burning City will love Frankie's story of overcoming powerful immortal circus performers who threaten to steal her body to house the soul of their beloved Alligator Girl
  • Similar to Girls Save the World in This One, supernatural threats collide with everyday teen experiences
  • Goth Frankie hides a skin condition called lamellar ichthyosis, a rare genetic disorder that makes her skin scaly and peel
  • #MeToo subplot involves helping a friend deal with sexual assault and bullying related to the incident
  • Deals with issues of belonging, trauma, and self-awareness
  • Author has been nominated for readers choice awards numerous times and won the High Plains Book Award and Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Award for her novel Sadia

Colleen Nelson is a teacher and an award-winning YA author whose novels include Spin, Sadia, Blood Brothers, and Finding Hope. She lives in Winnipeg.

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  • ARC mailing to booksellers, librarians, and influencers
  • Newsletter campaign to consumers, librarians, and booksellers
  • Representation at trade shows
  • Publicity campaign to targeted media and influencers
  • Advance reading copies available: Print ARCS, NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
  • Free downloadable Teachers' Resource Guide
  • Book hashtag: #LifeDeathsFrankieD
  • Author Website: colleennelsonauthor.com
  • Author Twitter: @ColleenNelson14

For more information contact
Elham Ali, [email protected]

Nelson has crafted a magical realism story that will keep readers wondering until the end ... Readers who like mysteries and a little bit of magic will enjoy this one. - School Library Journal

The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. is a powerful, genuinely creepy novel rooted in well-developed characters and vivid imaginative leeps ... an immersive and utterly pleasurable read. - Quill & Quire

Readers who zero in on Frankie will likely find her memorable long after all the rest has faded. - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Full of ancient Egyptian curses, time travel, and high school mean girls, The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. is an intriguing puzzle box of a mystery as well as a powerful statement about human connection and empathy. Highly Recommended. - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Frankie's voice is authentic, strong when needed, confused when vulnerable, and always real ... Colleen Nelson makes us care, and shows us that we can be hopeful that Frankie will get the life she deserves, unencumbered by those who deem to use her to get the lives they desire. - CanLit for Little Canadians

Fans of fantasy and paranormal will find The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. difficult to put down and a resilient protagonist worthy of their attention. - SesayArts Magazine

Author Nelson has created an intriguing and original story that touches not only on the play between the supernatural and reality, but also connects with real-life issues of young people, especially issues of trust, fitting in, and finding friendships. This novel is highly recommended. - Historical Novels Review

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Also Available

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Blood Brothers Colleen Nelson 9781459737464 $12.99 CAD Feb 04, 2017
Finding Hope Colleen Nelson 9781459732452 $12.99 CAD Mar 19, 2016

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