Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?
The sense of community is also fantastic, and we see everyone from a neighbor who coaches baseball to a thrift store owner, to teachers and others in Aurora and Frenchie's circle. The methodical description of how to search for someone who is missing was oddly compelling, and the fact that the community rallied together was gret to see.
Throughout the story, a piebald deer appears as an almost mythical character, which goes along well with Connor's lyrical writing. I felt like there was much deeper symbolism to this animal, as well as with Frenchie's interest in birds, that I didn't take the time to sort out, but would make for interesting group discussions.
Connor is a strong writer who always puts an interesting twist on stories, from the parental neglect in Waiting for Normal (2008) to a world wide gas shortage in Crunch (2010) to a tween living with an incarcerated parent in All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook (2016), and Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? is also a nuanced examination of children living with and working through sometimes challenging experiences.