The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. (Paperback)
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9780802721730, 224pp.
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
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Gianna Z. has less than one week to collect twenty-five leaves for a science project, or else she might lose her spot at cross-country sectionals. Finishing her project will be enough of a hurdle, but with a grandmother who keeps losing her teeth, a father who drives her to school in the family hearse, and an arch-nemesis intent on stealing her spot on the team, Gianna will need a stroke of brilliance to make everything fall into place.