But first, the books. Somehow it seems fitting that I read Kate Messner's (yes our own LJer) THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. Loved it. Gianna is a gifted cross country runner with s few stumbling blocks in her life. One is the fact that, from time to time, her Dad drives her to school in the hearse (the family runs a funeral home). Bianca, mean girl extraordinaire, is vying for her place on the cross country team. G's Nonna seems to be forgetting a lot lately. And then there is the leaf project. Oh, Kate! As a parent who has had to endure three wildflower projects (one for each of the current and former residents of the back bedroom), I knew exactly how Gianna felt. Talk about empathy.
I loved G's younger brother, always ready with a riddle or knock knock joke. Nonna is a prize. And then there is Zig, Gianna's smart and funny and helpful friend who is a boy. This was a perfect book for my trip over the skies of the great midsection of the country. Far funnier, I might add, than the awful sitcoms I watched last night on a network I will not name but it is kinda like the alphabet song. Thanks, Kate, for making it a wonderfully warm flight.