"A compelling story, great characters, and tight action make this book a wonderful read for both children and adults."
A snipped from the book:
The bell rang, and Annie found herself walking to class.
She heaved a heavy sigh as she sat down at her desk in the classroom. This Monday was shaping up to be the worst school day ever. Besides her somehow unwittingly insulting her best friends in the world, Miss Grundy was particularly unhappy and showed it by picking on as many students as she could for even the smallest reason. Sometimes for no reason at all.
Lisa Fletcher’s mom had stuck a little gold star sticker on her notebook. Miss Grundy made her rip the whole cover off and throw it away.
John Simon was whistling cheerfully while writing his assignment in the classroom. Miss Grundy made him stand still in the corner for the remainder of the day.
Joanna Governs had a set of pencils and each one had a bright colored eraser tip. Miss Grundy took them away from her and, one by one, snapped them in half. She threw the eraser halves away and handed her back the rest of the broken pencils. “Now let’s see how well you write with these!”
But one of the cruelest things Miss Grundy did that day was to Ashley. She had styled her hair up into a little bun and had decorated it with rubber bands and hairclips shaped like mermaids and princesses.
“What’s that on your head?” Miss Grundy asked, her face screwed up in disgust. “That’s highly inappropriate for my classroom. “Remove these baubles—immediately.”
Lips pressed together, Ashley began removing the clips. She took her time, putting each band and clip down on her desk with deliberate slowness.
About halfway through, Miss Grundy lost patience. Grabbing Ashley roughly by the arm, she pulled her from the classroom and dragged her into the hallway. Annie gasped. What is she going to do? All the students left their seats and gathered at the doorway to watch in horror as Miss Grundy dunked Ashley’s head into the drinking fountain and roughly yanked the baubles from her hair. Even after she had removed the last one, and Ashley’s long, red brown hair was disheveled and soaking wet, the teacher continued to splash water on the poor girl until her clothes were almost completely sodden. Annie’s stomach clenched tightly and painfully.
Satisfied, Miss Grundy smiled evilly and pushed Ashley in the direction of the classroom. She went back to her desk, head hung low, water dripping form her hair and clothes. She was completely humiliated. Annie wished she could just run to her friend and hold her tight, protecting her from everybody. A good friend would stand up for her friend. Am I too chicken to be a good friend?
The rest of the class had wisely taken their seats in the meantime and were trying their best not to look in Ashley’s direction.
But Miss Grundy ordered them all to look at her. “Take a good look, everybody! This is what happens when you do not follow the Grundy rules!” She clapped her hands loudly. “Now let’s get on with our studies. Because of all the distractions today, I have decided to assign extra homework.”
Annie could take no more. Mustering her courage, she stood up and glared at Miss Grundy. “You’re a monster.”
A hush fell over the entire classroom as they regarded Annie with wide-eyed surprise......
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