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.
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by Joanne Fluke
by Joanne Rocklin
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by Christopher Golden
by Mary Hoffman
"In 1950s Pittsburgh, Franny Katzenback has been stricken with polio. As she grapples with that reality, she creates a fantasy world, courtesy of a literature-spouting flea with whom she corresponds, converses, and schemes. Julie Marcus is an animated narrator. Imaginative travels at night on a flying horse are a bit interruptive, but FrannyÕs love for the book CHARLOTTEÕS WEB and her interactions with her family, caregivers, neighbors, and school friends reverberate with spunk and believability. Marcus uses speed and intonation to create a FrannyÕs emotions, especially as she befriends Fleabrain and rages about unfairness. As Fleabrain, Marcus is equally animated but with a high-pitched voice, which some listeners may find grating. An authorÕs note, which includes a history of polio, concludes the production. A.R. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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