Plastic Polly (mix)

By Jenny Lundquist

Popularity has its pitfalls, and Polly is studying them firsthand during this middle-grade M!X novel.

Polly Pierce likes being the second-most well known lady at Winston Academy, correct after her BFF, Kelsy. recognition comes with exact privileges, like a seat on the top desk within the cafeteria and a coveted spot at the making plans committee for the school’s monstrous expertise exhibit pageant, Groove It Up! and because all Polly has to do is accept as true with no matter what Kelsy says, being well known is easy—even if teenagers do name her “Plastic Polly” in the back of her back.

But whilst a freak coincidence takes Kelsy out of the image, Polly is all of sudden in command of the Groove It Up! committee. She’s now not ready for her new status—and nor is an individual else. Backstabbing neighbors, an intimidating weigh down, and diva calls for from an injured Kelsy all threaten to derail Polly’s plans. Can she end up to everyone—and herself—that she has a character of her personal?

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Yet too many of us are observing us. And finally, i'm a member of the courtroom. We don’t say sorry. I raise my chin and stick a hand on my hip. My different arm drops gracefully to my facet, and my arm bracelets jangle to my wrist. i glance convinced. In command. i do know this simply because it’s a flow I’ve practiced 1000000 occasions in entrance of the reflect. In my top haughty voice I say, “Do you suggest over there? ” I element to the Court—the desk the place the preferred young ones sit—and nod. “We’re conversing approximately Groove It Up, but when you hate us rather a lot, probably you shouldn’t hassle testing.

Kate stated that? ” Lindsey nodded. “Is it precise? ” I didn’t know the way to respond to that. used to be it actual? It was once actual that Alyssa and I—when it got here to judging, anyway—had comparable tastes. yet had we performed an identical factor to Kate that Melinda and Jenna had performed to me? I pulled Kate apart to attempt to speak to her, yet she simply shrugged and stated, “Melinda invited me to the courtroom. ” i spotted Kate didn’t quite care if the rumors approximately me and Justin have been precise. She used to be simply satisfied she’d eventually gotten her invite, whatever I could’ve given her at any time yet hadn’t.

Fish is looking at Melinda and Jenna with a wondered expression on his face, like he can’t work out why they didn’t vote convinced. yet then he shrugs to himself and is going again to his journal. subsequent up are the football gamers, who impersonate a boy band. They’re calling themselves the football Shakers. in order that they shake, and strut, and karaoke. It’s humorous observing them practice, but additionally tense even as. somebody can attempt for Groove It Up, whether they’re simply doing it as a shaggy dog story. “Thanks, guys,” I name as they depart.

Instantly, even though, I don’t suppose all that grateful. glance, I don’t love homework, yet I don’t precisely hate it both. heritage is my favourite topic, and simply by glancing on the questions i will inform Kate obtained not less than one fallacious. Plus, I already did my questions final night—after i stopped rereading The PlanMaster’s PlanMaster. yet I don’t inform Kate any of that. as an alternative I say, “Thanks. That’s great useful. you actually kept me. ” Then I make a psychological observe to not enable her see my homework. “Are you heading over to the courtroom?

I’m going to be overdue to practi—” Kristy breaks off on the sound of numerous ft stomping up the hallway, like a small marching band is coming our means. Then there’s a noisy knock on the door. “Everyone prepared? ” Mr. Fish asks. when we nod he says, “Come in! ” The door opens, and a guy who i suppose is American River’s instructor adviser strides in donning a black polo blouse and khaki pants. He holds a clipboard in a single hand. a number of scholars dossier in after him. They halt and take their seats, all even as, like they’re doing a little form of army workout.

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