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Gianna Z has less than one week to collect, identify, and creatively display 25 leaves for her science project--or else she wont 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 Gees control, like her own procrastination, but others arent, like Biana Rinaldis attempts at sabotage and Nonnas declining health. If it werent for her best friend Zig, Gee wouldnt 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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Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. She's the award-winning author of more than two dozen current and forthcoming books for young readers. Her first novel, THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z, won the 2010 E.B. White Read-Aloud Medal for Older Readers, while its follow-up, SUGAR AND ICE (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2010) , was a Junior Library Guild selection. Kate's other Bloomsbury titles include science thrillers EYE OF THE STORM and WAKE UP MISSING and two books with a twist of magic, ALL THE ANSWERS and THE SEVENTH WISH. Kate is also the author of the popular Ranger in Time historical adventure chapter book series, the Marty McGuire books, and the Silver Jaguar Society mysteries with Scholastic. Her pictures books with Chronicle include HOW TO READ A STORY, UP IN THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book, SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner, and NY Times and ALSC Notable book.

Kate is a former middle school English teacher who also writes professional development books for educators, including REAL REVISION: AUTHORS' STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS and 59 REASONS TO WRITE. Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family, where she enjoys spending time outside biking, hiking, swimming in the summer, skiing and skating in the winter. Of course, she also loves curling up with a good book any day of the year. Follow her on Twitter @KateMessner and learn more at her website: http://www.katemessner.com.

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