"She, Gertie Reece Foy, was going to be the greatest fifth grader in the whole school, world, and universe! And that was just Phase One." Most people are scared of heights or spiders or something considered even REMOTELY frightening - but then again, Gertie Reece Foy isn't normal.. in the best possible way, of course. It's safe to say that she was.. rather intimidated by a blindingly white "For Sale" sign situated in her mother's well-kept front yard. It's funny, really, that a sign (or a Mary Sue Spivey) could get in the way of Gertie's insanely complicated "plan" for world domination.. but the truth is, Gertie can't deny that she's a lot more.. human than people think. But what she doesn't realize is that others aren't as "perfect" either - EVERYONE has problems of their own, but some are better at hiding their fears.. especially one Rachel Collins. "Gertie's Leap of Greatness" made me cry. No, really - Gertie has a heart of gold, you just have to dig a little to find her "soft part." On the outside, she seems like a seven-year-old in a fifth-grader's body - you have to admit, she has a HUGE ego and kind of likes taking people down.. some people might find her intolerable, even by the end of the book... but that's kind of what makes her fun. A hilarious, "short and sweet" debut - read!