"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"