We are trumpeting another new deal today! Joanne Rocklin's latest middle-grade novel is called FLEABRAIN LOVES FANNY, and it is as wonderful as all of Joanne's novels—voice-y and sly and delightful. It is set in Pittsburgh during the polio epidemic, pays homage to CHARLOTTE'S WEB, and involves a friendship between a girl named Fanny and a most unlikely soulmate, who comes along just when Fanny needs him most—when she is scared because of her polio, adjusting to not being able to walk, and lonely without all her neighborhood friends, whose parents have warned them to stay away from her because nobody is sure how long someone with polio could give it to other people (even though an upstairs neighbor is a researcher working on a vaccine and says she is NOT contagious any more AT ALL).
Once again the lovely Maggie Lehrman at Abrams/Amulet will edit, as she did on Joanne's last two books, the award-winning ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET and THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK. FLEABRAIN LOVES FANNY will publish in fall 2014.