I write and read middle grade. I love pretty much any genre, except horror.
I’m also a photographer and an avid tea drinker.
I love sibling stories. I like school stories. I like a book that can make me care about the characters. I love a redeeming arc story.
Unredeemable characters. Too much bathroom humor is also a turn-off.
I’m also NOT a good match for horror, LGBT-themes, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy.
Ellie Mackenzie is excited to enter sixth grade. That is, until she ends up with the strictest teacher in the school. On top of that, her older brother is hiding secrets from the family.
When September 11th hits, a new student named Charly arrives all the way from New York City. Everybody can’t get enough of Showoff Charly. But Ellie wants nothing to do with the new student. At least, not at first. As a friendship grows, so do the family secrets they’re both hiding.
Tuesday, September 4, 2001
I am the only girl in the sixth grade.
In fact, I have been the only girl in my class since kindergarten. Every single teacher, every single year, comments on this fact.
And this year, my teacher is going to be Mr. Riddle, the coolest teacher in the entire school. Not that my other teachers haven’t been nice. It’s just that Mr. Riddle is unpredictable—in a good way. He lets you sit where ever you want. He tells the greatest jokes. And he wears his hair in dreadlocks. At least he did last year, until he decided to shave his head to look like Mace Windu from Star Wars. It’ll be like having a Jedi Master for a teacher this year.
But as soon as I step into the sixth grade classroom, I know something is not right. I mean, all the classroom smells are there. Like the dusty chalk smell, the brand new textbook smell, the freshly-sharpened pencil smell. So, what’s different?
That’s when I realize that all the desks are in neat rows. And not only that, but also in alphabetical order. You can tell by the names that are printed neatly in the top-right corner of each desk. Is Mr. Riddle pulling a practical joke on us? Maybe he plays this prank on his class each year. My brother Kyle never mentioned this. Although, maybe he was sworn to secrecy. Kyle always raved about Mr. Riddle. Or, at least he used to.
I’d rather not think about Kyle right now.
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