Drusie Valentini feels she is trapped on a merry-go-round, going nowhere. She doesn't fit in with the rest of her arty family: her extravagant puppeteer father, his gypsylike assistant Fey who moved in when her mother left; even her pesky brother Punch. A party a boyfriend talked her into giving ends in disaster-and in getting sent to a strict boarding school. In a year where it seems that everyone is pulling her strings, Drusie is forced to come to terms with her life with the people she loves best-and with the person she is, and hopes to be.
Nancy Means Wright is the author of 13 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her novels for young people include Down The Strings and The Pea Soup Poisonings, both inspired by the misadventures of her own children. Former Bread Loaf Scholar and grant recipient from the Society of Children?s Book Writers, she lives on a dirt road in Cornwall, Vermont.