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The Rising Star of Rusty Nail

Written by Lesley M. M. BlumeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Lesley M. M. Blume


· Knopf Books for Young Readers
· eBook · February 4, 2009 · $7.99 · 978-0-307-49021-6 (0-307-49021-1)
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Franny Hansen is a 10-year-old piano prodigy living in Rusty Nail, Minnesota. Once the Coot Capitol of the world, in 1953 it's just a run-of-the-mill town with one traffic light and a bizarre cast of characters. She's long exhausted the talents of the town's only piano teacher and seems destined to perform at church events and school assemblies, until a mysterious Russian woman arrives in Rusty Nail. Franny's neighbors are convinced the "Commie" is a threat to their American way of life, but Franny's not so sure. Could this stranger be her ticket out of Rusty Nail?

Lesley M. M. Blume returns with the poignant and laugh-out-loud funny story of one girl's attempt to pursue the American dream in small town America.


From the Hardcover edition.