The Rising Star of Rusty Nail by Lesley M. M. Blume

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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.


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About Lesley M. M. Blume

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Lesley M. M. Blume is a journalist, writer, and cultural observer based in New York City.
 
Published February 4, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Being a budding classical musician in small town Minnesota during the 1950s doesn’t stop Franny from throwing water balloons and causing trouble—especially for Nancy Orilee, whose aggravating bragging about her hoity-toity ways includes competition for top pianist honors.

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The Rising Star of Rusty Nail stars 10-year-old Franny Hansen, a piano prodigy.

Apr 05 2008 | Read Full Review of The Rising Star of Rusty Nail

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But if Olga and Franny can survive the prejudice, Franny will discover adventures beyond her wildest dreams.

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