Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Principal's Underwear is Missing - Holly Kowitt

Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Humor
Source: I purchased a copy.

What happens when sixth-grade nobody Becca Birnbaum accidentally injures the richest and most popular girl in her school?  A rocking good time happens. This is probably the funniest book I have read in a long time.  Becca is one of those uncoordinated, trying to find herself in the big world of middle school sixth graders. When she tries to get a volleyball over the net and inadvertently bounces it off the ceiling and into an eighth grader who ends up breaking her arm, you know you are in for an interesting time.  Maybe I found it so humorous because I teach middle school. I understand sixth graders and how they are trying to fit in. In Becca's place, she also happens to be one of the rule followers, a natural nerd.  The eighth-grade girl she injures is a very rich, very spoiled, very popular girl with drop-dead looks that she knows how to use. Selfie earned her nickname because she likes to take selfies of herself.  I kept wondering how things would turn out since you had complete opposites suddenly forced together.  To try to make amends for injuring Selfie, Becca agrees to get something from the principal's office. Unfortunately, the wrong bag is given to her and that begins the adventure. Selfie and Becca try to return the bag only to discover that the item in question is missing. To make matters worse someone wants to use that item in a prank.  I learned what I see here at my school all the time. No matter what rung on the social ladder students are on, they all have the same insecurities and feelings. There are so many underlying lessons to be learned in this book. It is done with humor and in such a way that you can't help but love reading the book.  This is an author I most definitely must put on my shelf.  I will soon have a review of her book  "The Loser List". I took great pleasure in telling my students they could not read the book until I finished it.  Our day of reading was wonderful.  I highly recommend any books by this author.


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