their last day of 5th grade, twelve-year-old Frannie Ryan’s friends are all
making plans to hang out at the mall or spend long afternoons at the pool. But
Frannie has bigger goals for her summer vacation.Frannie’s big brother, Ronnie, is engaged to
marry Precious Darling, one of Nowhere, Indiana’s despised Darling
sisters.With the wedding just ten weeks
away and Frannie’s level-headed big sister, Libby, away at vet school, Frannie
has to rely on her best neighbor friend, the awkward but loyal Cooper Parker
Walker, to help her find a way to stop Ronnie from making the biggest mistake
of his life.
the youngest of Practical County’s Ryan family, Frannie has grown up watching
everything.Watching her older brother
and sister show steers, watching her Granddad work with the cows and calves,
and watching the Darling sisters manipulate, lie, and cheat at the Practical
County Fair.Frannie has also grown up
knowing that, if she’s persistent enough, she can usually get what she wants.
But in this summer tale of growing up and letting go, Frannie begins to realize
that some things in life are beyond her control.
if plotting to stop a wedding isn’t enough, Frannie finds that Granddad is becoming
forgetful (and her overly-active brain immediately assumes the worst), Dad
thinks the family farm needs a hired worker (an absolutely ridiculous notion
according to Frannie), and Cooper’s incessant stuttering is about to ruin
whatever social life he had left (which, of course, is totally up to Frannie to
fix as well).
THE DRAMA QUEEN OF PRACTICAL COUNTY, the Ryan family from the award-winning THE
BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY (Delacorte Press, 2009) returns with the
beloved Frannie as the protagonist.This stand-alone story does not require
readers to be familiar with THE BEEF PRINCESS, but those who are will be
thrilled to hear more from Practical County, and most especially from the
fan-favorite character, Frannie.