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Science Meets Magic in Thrilling MG Debut from Jolly Fish Press


Contact: Taylor Kohn
(651) 424-4623

ST. PAUL, MN, June 8, 2017– Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the March 20, 2018 release of the debut Middle-Grade novel The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley. The Zanna Function follows super smart, fourteen-year-old Zanna Mayfield and her adventures at St. Pommeroy’s School for Gifted Children. Zanna discovers she can manipulate basic scientific functions, like velocity and chemical reactions, but she’ll need more than science to stop a mysterious woman determined to shut her down.

More about The Zanna Function:
When fourteen-year-old Zanna Mayfield gets an acceptance letter from St. Pommeroy’s School for Gifted Children, she jumps at the chance to put her considerable intellect to good use. But nothing can prepare her for the first day, when she discovers that she is a scientist—one able to see and bend the basic functions of the universe like velocity, gravity, and chemical reactions to her own purposes.

As Zanna struggles to make friends and learn how to use her abilities at her new school, her troubles multiply when a mysterious woman begins stalking her, dead set on keeping Zanna out of St. Pommeroy’s. If Zanna has any hope of finishing her first year, she’ll need to master every function she can get her mind around—including the one that describes Zanna herself.

About the author:
Daniel Wheatley worked as a financial news proofreader and copy editor before making the transition to editor at Mascot Books, a hybrid self-publisher in Herndon, Virginia. When not helping other writers achieve their dreams, he enjoys teaching swing dancing and collecting cheesy movies. The Zanna Function is his debut novel. Find him online at or on Twitter @grammatarium.


About Jolly Fish Press and North Star Editions
Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, is dedicated to promoting exceptional, unique new voices in fiction. North Star Editions, Inc., publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit or

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