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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth
Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt
Bob's Hungry Ghost by Geneviève Côté
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
The Cute Girl Network by M.K. Reed
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
You and Me by Susan Verde

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Fleabrain Loves Franny: 10/22/15

Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin: Franny has to live with the reality of just missing a vaccine that could have prevented the disease that has so disrupted her life.

Book themes come in clusters. Right now it's new children's books inspired by old children's books. Right now it's A Wrinkle in Time and Charlotte's Web constantly showing up as fictional children's favorite books.

Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin is set in the same year that Charlotte's Web is published. Franny Katzenback is recovering from polio and doesn't want to face a life of paralysis. She escapes from her reality through a book one of the nurses reads to her — Charlotte's Web.

Meanwhile, there is a flea who sees Franny's plight and decides to take on the role of Charlotte. His goal is to help Franny through her recovery. In a rather Edward Eagar or Mary Norton fashion, he grants Franny's wishes, though not as she intends them.

As a side plot there's the research by Salk on the polio vaccine. Franny has to live with the reality of just missing a vaccine that could have prevented the disease that has so disrupted her life.

Five stars

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