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This gem of a novel takes place in Pittsburgh in 1952. Franny Katzenback, while recovering from polio, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain who lives on her dog’s tail. While Franny struggles with physical therapy and feeling left out of her formerly active neighborhood life, Fleabrain is there to take her on adventures based on his extensive reading.

It’s a touching, funny story set in the recent past, told with Rocklin’s signature wit and thoughtfulness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With Fleabrain Loves Franny, Joanne Rocklin has brought into being perhaps the tiniest and most accomplished hero yet: a dashing, erudite, multilingual flea.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Franny—a compassionate, thoughtful, and sympathetic protagonist—is believably erratic in her emotions and reflections on her illness and its effects on her previously carefree life…Rocklin’s rich depiction of 1950s Pittsburgh turns into a touching, imaginative whimsy, eventually becoming a full-fledged fantasy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Convincingly set in Pittsburgh in the early 1950s, when scientists were working on a polio vaccine, and attitudes toward people with disabilities were quite different from today’s, Rocklin’s story is a conscious homage to Charlotte’s Web, many a voracious reader’s favorite book.”


  • “An exceptional flea helps a polio-stricken girl in this tale of friendship and acceptance…Rocklin perfectly captures the era of 1952 and creates a sympathetic, realistic character in Franny, who begins to accept her condition, rejoin her friends, and even protest her school’s inaccessibility.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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