Title: I Quit
Genre: Middle Grade, realistic fiction
CHAPTER 1 -- SCHOOL
Joey sat with his hands inside his school desk. He squeezed glue onto his fingertips, then squished it back and forth between his fingers until it rolled away in dirty little gray glue rolls. Inside his desk, several weeks’ worth of glue rolls freckled the hollow space.
He hated Mondays. Or any school day, for that matter. He constantly searched for ways to entertain himself to keep from being bored out of his skull day after day.
“Class!” Joey’s 4th grade teacher called. “Let me have everyone’s eyes on me so I know you’re listening.”
Joey imagined Mrs. Apple teaching the English lesson with twenty-nine pairs of eyes attached randomly all over her body. Blue, hazel, brown, and green pairs of eyeballs stared at him. He thought of all the students in the class, including himself, with their eyes no longer in their eye sockets, but “on” their teacher.
The entertaining image of eyeless classmates was interrupted by Mrs. Apple’s commanding voice. “Now, repeat after me: is, am, was, were, be, being.”