Starting School with an Enemy

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Sarah starts school in her new town with one enemy and no friends. Something new (and bad) happens to her everytime she tries to fix her troubles on her own.

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"Look, everybody, Sarah wet her pants!" He shouted it like he was Paul Revere or something.

I could feel my face flush hot pink. "Shut up, you creep!" I was so mad! I wanted to shove his head into a pothole.

Sarah's first few days of fifth grade aren't going too well. She manages to run down the little brother of school bully Eric Bardo with her bicycle; she lies to the friend she likes the best; she "borrows" a basketball from her teacher's private supply cabinet to prove herself to her new schoolmates; and, with all her childish acts of revenge against Eric (including inserting wriggling larvae into his sandwich), manages to spend a large chunk of her lunches and recesses in detention. In the process, she is chastised by her new teacher--and her parents, who deliver the "Staying Out of Trouble at School" as well as the "Walking Away from Conflict" lecture. Perhaps worst of all, she gets the cold shoulder from her new friend Christina Perez, who doesn't appreciate her lies, or her "eye for an eye" attitude towards her tiresomely taunting tormentor.

Sarah is no angel--she's flip and sarcastic, none too sensitive, and her logic is certainly skewed. (Not getting caught is equivalent to staying out of trouble, for example.) Still, thanks to wiser souls around her--including her teenage brother and her new best friend--she learns many valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty, and how to diffuse, and thereby dissolve, the continued attacks of bullies. Elisa Carbone--creator of Corey's Story: Her Family's Secret--has a knack for using a light hand to help young people cope with dilemmas as they grow up. Starting School with an Enemy is a funny, spirited collection of wisdom (and comic relief) for any kid who's ever been teased. (Ages 9 to 12) --Karin Snelson

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for strong girl characters!"

Author Elisa Carbone bursts onto the middle-grade scene with a laugh-out-loud story of a girl who tackles life head-on. Ten-year-old Sarah definitely has an attitude. But who can blame her? Her family dragged her along on their move from Maine to Maryland, she's left her best friend behind, and the first kid her age she meets calls her a "sick-o." What did she do? All Sarah really wants is to make a good friend. But just as it looks as if she might find one in fast-talking, soccer-playing Christina Perez, Sarah's newfound enemy launches a crusade to make her life miserable. And Sarah can't stop herself from getting revenge--even though it threatens her new friendship.Lots of laughs and spunky characters abound in this totally entertaining middle-grade novel, reminiscent in style to those of Barbara Park and Judy Blume. Sarah's witty observations and trouble making antics make for fun reading, and readers--even reluctant ones--will cheer as she

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