Pub Date 12 Aug 2014
This gem of a novel takes place in Pittsburgh in 1952. Franny Katzenback, while recovering from polio, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain who lives on her dog’s tail. While Franny struggles with physical therapy and feeling left out of her formerly active neighborhood life, Fleabrain is there to take her on adventures based on his extensive reading. It’s a touching, funny story set in the recent past, told with Rocklin’s signature wit and thoughtfulness.
A Note From the Publisher
Joanne Rocklin is the author of One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, which won the California Book Award, and The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, which won the Golden Kite Award and was named to Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award master list. She lives in Oakland, California.
PRAISE FOR THE WORK OF JOANNE ROCKLIN"Rocklin's characters are fully developed: readers will be invested." --Booklist, starred review
"Rocklin intertwines her characters so smartly that the many coincidences and serendipitousevents feel organic to the story." --Horn Book
"Readers who enjoy the novels of Jeanne Birdsall and Leslie Crunch will appreciate this charming story." --School Library Journal