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 Francine Poulet meets the ghost raccoon (Tales From Deckawoo Drive)
 Author: DiCamillo, Kate

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 91 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 276760 ISBN: 9780763668860
 Ages: 7-9 Grades: 2-4

 Raccoons -- Fiction
 Dangerous animals -- Controls -- Fiction
 Animal welfare -- Fiction
Chapter Books
Humorous Fiction

Price: $15.44

Deckawoo Drive's intrepid animal-control officer Francine begins to think she's not cut out to do her job when she has to track down an elusive screaming raccoon.

 Illustrator: Van Dusen, Chris

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 175991
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 66626

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/15)
   School Library Journal (07/01/15)
   Booklist (+) (07/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/11/15)
 The Hornbook (00/09/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Welcome back to the world of Mercy Watson and friends! In this installment, the fearless and unflappable Francine Poulet, animal control officer extraordinaire, is called upon by the bejeweled Mrs. Bissinger to capture a screaming, ghostly raccoon. When Francine faces the raccoon, she unexpectedly panics and ends up in the hospital. Her self-confidence lost, she resigns her position because she no longer knows who she is. "She was not an animal control officer. And she was not a Poulet, because Poulets never panic." Then she meets Frank, an observant boy who not only knows the whereabouts of the still-at-large raccoon but encourages her to face her fears and live up to her true calling, to remember "she was the genuine article…solid as a refrigerator." Encouraging readers to believe in themselves, this short chapter book pairs illustrations on almost every page with brisk dialogue and short, descriptive sentences. With plenty of white space and a large font the title is tailor-made for young readers transitioning to chapter books and will be enjoyed by "Mercy Watson" (Candlewick) fans and new readers alike. VERDICT A worthy addition to the series.—Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2015 *Starred Review* The latest addition to the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series spotlights animal control officer Francine Poulet, renowned for facing off with a bear and for being solid as a refrigerator. Francine meets her match, however, when she is asked to capture a screeching raccoon that may or may not be a ghost. Chagrined by defeat, Francine resigns her position until young Frank Endicott gives her the pep talk she needs to face her fears and her masked nemesis. Fans of Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (2014) will relish this new tale, which successfully expands the core of the Mercy Watson series while offering generous cameos from the original characters, as well as much buttered toast. No one offers early readers better quality prose than DiCamillo, who never allows the constrictions of this format to deter her from excellent writing: “Franny, you are the genuine article. You are solid. You are certain. You are like a refrigerator. You hum.” Series illustrator Van Dusen’s artwork (not seen in final form) is a treat, as always, reflecting the quirkiness of DiCamillo’s unique cast of characters. Francine Poulet will wrangle readers’ hearts along with rascally wildlife in this standout early chapter book. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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