The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. (Hardcover)
July 2009 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
Gianna Z has less than one week to collect, identify, and creatively display 25 leaves for her science project or else she won't be able to compete in the upcoming cross-country race. As the deadline for her leaf project draws near, life keeps getting in the way. Some things are within Gee's control, like her own procrastination, but others aren't, like Biana Rinaldi's attempts at sabotage and Nonna's declining health. If it weren't for her best friend Zig, Gee wouldn't have a chance at finishing. His knowledge of trees and leaves in their rural Vermont town comes in very handy, as does his loyalty to Gee. But when Nonna disappears one afternoon, things like leaves and cross-country meets suddenly seem less important.
About the Author
Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She teaches junior high in New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.