|aReprint. Originally published: 2009. With additional material
|aGianna has to complete her leaf project soon if she wants to compete in the upcoming cross-country sectionals, but procrastination, disorganization, and her grandmother's declining health seem destined to keep her from finishing
Gianna Z. has less than one week to collect twenty-five leaves for a science project, or else she might lose her spot at cross-country sectionals. Finishing her project will be enough of a hurdle, but with a grandmother who keeps losing her teeth, a father who drives her to school in the family hearse, and an arch-nemesis intent on stealing her spot on the team, Gianna will need a stroke of brilliance to make everything fall into place.