Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. (Prebound)
Turtleback Books, 9780606405959, 224pp.
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
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In the mountains of rural Vermont, fall is a season of beauty and transformation . . . but not for Gianna Z. With less than one week to collect twenty-five leaves for a science project, her spot at cross-country sectionals is in serious peril. Plus with a dad who runs a funeral parlor out of the basement, a grandma who keeps losing her teeth, and a rival trying to steal her spot on the team, Gee just wishes life could leave her alone to finish her project. But when Nonna disappears one afternoon, suddenly some things seem more important than projects and races.
Gianna Z. will have readers rooting for her-and maybe even for science projects-from the very first page of this funny and poignant novel about family, friendship, and being true to yourself.
Winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers
Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2009
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New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Nominee
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee
Missouri Mark Twain Award Nominee
New York Charlotte Award Nominee