The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. (Paperback)

By Kate Messner

Walker & Company, 9780802721730, 198pp.

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List

“Gianna's family is definitely quirky. Dad runs a funeral parlor out of the basement, mom is a health-food freak, her brother is a budding paparazzo, and Nonna doesn't remember where she's left her teeth. This is a warm and wonderful family story with a whole lot of heart.”
— Jennifer Laughran, Books Inc., San Francisco, CA
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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.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z and the upcoming Sugar and Ice. She teaches junior high in New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.