A week before Frannie turns fifteen, she finds her father collapsed on his bathroom floor, dead from a heart attack. As she is cleaning his studio, Frannie discovers a beautiful hand–carved box with “Frances Anne 1000” written on it in elegant letters. Inside this box, Frannie finds a thousand wooden puzzle pieces that her father has cut and painted himself. She wonders if he had a premonition of his impending death and made her birthday present in advance, so she takes it with her to her mother’s house. Feeling cracked into pieces herself, Frannie slowly puts the puzzle together. But as she works, something magical happens: she is catapulted into an ancient landscape, a place suspended in time, where she can discover her father as he was before Frannie was ever born.
Delia Ephron’s rare talent for story telling shines with brilliance in this tale of life, death, acceptance, hope and magic.
Interior Illustrations for Sid Fleischman Disappearing Act