I loved this as much as Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades... Lesley Blume is definitely an author to watch for middle grade readers. This story takes place in Midwest of the 1950's. Young Franny is sassy and troublesome, but looking for her chance to make it big with her piano-playing. When a Russian (i.e. suspected Commie) moves in next door, Franny pursues her one and only opportunity. Not only a good story, but I loved the characterization of the rivals--sassy, uniquely talented Franny pitted against the daughter of the richest man in town that buys her way into everything. The result of this rivalry is interesting and instructive in the way that it is played out and settled.