Frankie and Friends: Breaking News

Illustrator: Alea Marley

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books US

Book 1 of Frankie and Friends Series

Age 5+

Children's & Young Adult Fiction & True Stories

In a charming new chapter-book series by a social-change advocate, young Frankie emulates her journalist mama by reporting on household news with the help of her sister and an unlikely news crew.

Frankie’s mama is leaving to cover a breaking news story. Frankie, Papa, and Frankie’s teenage sister, Raven, are all proud of Mama, even though they miss her when she’s away. But Frankie has a great idea: she can make her own news show! After all, Mama has told her that news is happening around her all the time. With a little assistance from her friends—including her doll Farrah, Robert the toy robot, and her tabby cat, Nina Simone—Frankie prepares for her first “broadcast.” And when she hears someone crying in the house, she knows that’s the developing story she must cover. With humor, empathy, and imagination, Frankie gets the scoop—and learns that even mature older sisters can miss Mama sometimes. With sweet illustrations throughout, this engaging new series embraces communication and compassion and is a refreshing portrayal of Black women in journalism. Young reporters will learn the terms of the trade, which are clearly presented in the text and reinforced in a glossary at the end of the book.


Christine Platt is a literacy advocate and historian who believes in using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change. She holds a BA in Africana studies, an MA in African American studies, and a JD in general law. Although her only daughter is now in college, Christine Platt continues to draw on their adventures together as inspiration for her children’s literature. She has written more than thirty books for young readers and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Alea Marley is an award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Phoebe Dupree Is Coming to Tea! by Linda Ashman. She loves creating whimsical scenes that are filled with patterns, texture, and bursts of color. Alea Marley lives in northern England.


Vibrant and witty, this new series installment balances an age-appropriate exploration of the ins and outs of journalism—the importance of asking questions, how to develop a story—with a fun and gentle story. This is the perfect introduction to journalism for cub reporters. . . . A charming read for budding newshounds.

Kirkus Reviews

Marley’s charming full-color illustrations complement Platt’s text well and will engage young readers. . . A solid series debut for libraries centering love, journalism, and communication; readers will look forward to more adventures with ambitious Frankie and her family. A fun, fast read with colorful artwork for young children.

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