Frannie K. Stein’s family just moved to a new house at the end of Daffodil Street. This means Frannie is starting at a new school. The other kids don’t understand the new girl, a mad scientist that keeps a bat (the animal) in her backpack and eats crab ravioli with pumpkin sauce for lunch. Frannie wants to fit in the with other kids, so she trades her chomping, oozing dolls for pretty dolls, her shish kebab lunches for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on squishy white bread, and her bat with black wings for a baseball bat. But when a monster terrorizes the school, will the new Frannie be able to save the day?
This was a cute book. I like Frannie K. Stein so much better than Junie B. Jones and will recommend this series to my 7 to 10-year-old readers as an alternative.