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Children's Fiction Friendship

Frankie Zapper and the Disappearing Teacher

by (author) Linda Rogers

illustrated by Rick VanKrugel

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
May 1995
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 1995
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In a warm-hearted novel with over 40 illustrations, Linda Rogers and Rick Van Krugel have created a magical children's book that will appeal especially to young readers aged 6 to 13. The story tells of Jen and Odie who discover that their First Nations friend Frankie Zapper possesses magic, shamanistic powers. When their teacher, Mr. Smith, hurts Odie's feelings by making fun of his learning disability, strange things happen. This is a mystery story about friendship and loyalty, and three kids who stick together when they have problems with their families and at school. This story will make you laugh, unless you think turning a teacher into a parrot isn't funny. This time it is the kids who have the common sense and the grown-ups who learn from them.

About the authors

Linda Rogers is a poet passionately engaged with existence whose poems resonate a subterranean logic and the music of deep mindfulness. In Homing: New & Selected Poems she returns again and again to the unquiet ground of the theatre of life. A singular and uncompromising awareness of suffering and joy, hope and despair, the arc of naked dreams and the sense of community, informs her three decades of writing and numerous published collections. In Homing Rogers has included representative poems from previous volumes –– social poems, introspective poems, both thoughtful and exuberant –– as well as new work. The sequence is consistent and steadfast like a slow-moving train of perception through the world of time. Linda Roger’s poems sing with a compassion and concern for social justice that elevates the spirit and massages the mind. Homing is a delicate and deliberate portrait of one poet’s chronicle of residence on planet earth.

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Rick Van Krugel is a blues musician and illustrator. Rick and his wife, Linda Rogers, perform songs and stories at schools, libraries and festivals all over the map. They have four children and two grandchildren.

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