The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

By Messner, Kate

Publishers Summary:
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.

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ISBN
978-0-80279-842-8
Publisher
Walker Books for Young Readers


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2009

Gr 5-8 Seventh-grader Gianna Zales loves art and cross-country running. She is not so crazy about research projects or anything involving time-management skills, and has somehow gotten to within a week of the due date of a huge science assignment with no work to show. But how hard can it be to find and catalog 25 different varieties of leavesespecially in Vermont, where Robert Frost was inspired to write "Birches" and countless other...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

For her science project, runner Gianna must collect twenty-five leaves, display them, and correctly ident...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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