Like Saturday mornings in the 50s and 60s when 6:30-10:00 a.m. TV programming was reserved for kids, this blog reserves Saturday mornings for kids and for those young-at-heart enough to enjoy kids and tweens’ books.

Today’s offering is one that was donated to my LFL (Little Free Library) in my yard.

Business is booming during the pandemic.

It is a delightful read which I enjoyed as an adult and will appeal to kids, especially girls who are advanced readers and enjoy such classics as Jane Eyre.

This 1980 book gives a peek into the complicated life of Franny Dillman who feels she lives a dull life and decides to add a little excitement. Her excitement comes from reading and rereading Jane Eyre. She decides to keep a journal, and in it, she records her imaginary thoughts about her older sister, Grace and her brother, Wilson. When she shares this journal with her teacher at school, rumors fly and Franny’s whole family becomes involved in miscommunications and misunderstandings within the family and within the community.

Described on the cover as a “funny, telling spoof” about Franny’s secret life and her coming of age, this one is a “must read.”


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. I’m considering putting a Little Free Library up in my yard for the few kiddos (and maybe even some adults that go by on bikes or jogging) on my block, but because of how the road is and the ditches, dunno where I’d put it exactly. County roads and all that–no sidewalks or utility strips to work around with stable ground.

    Wouldn’t mind, though. Thanks to buying a bunch of books for the job I’m leaving soon, I’m letting them keep about half for the kiddos there (unless they don’t want them at all) and gonna box up the rest unless I got a way to share ’em and rotate ’em every month. I’d just have to figure a good spot to put it that won’t interfere with the mailbox or won’t be too steep and fall over in the ditch. Also, if I could put it near enough that I could set a bench out under a tree that kiddos could use (close to the road), then that would be neat.

    I’ve seen some online that loo nice and have areas that kids could sit on, even if not really intended for that purpose, like a short brick wall or something. I just wonder where I’d put it, and how to keep the books dry because it would have to face north, where most of the storms come from around here. Unless it’s well-made enough that that’s not a worry.

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