GENRE: Middle Grade
A story about ten-year-old Victoria, a quiet girl trying to win a spelling bee to get the money she needs to buy a guitar, and become a famous song writer. She's up against the other best speller in the school, Preston Murray. He's also the class bully and has done everything possible to make her lose the first round. This is a scene in the school cafeteria, after she discovers he cheated to win, and she's not being quiet anymore.
Preston pulled his spoon back. Great. It was mashed potato catapult day. Preston and his lunch table followers had contests to see who could throw the potatoes the farthest. They were pros at not getting caught.
"I hate him," I said. Then I felt the plop. Another. A third. I touched the top of my head. Thick, warm, grainy mush. I had become the potato target. I whipped around toward Preston's table and saw a glop of food flying at me. It slammed onto the left side of my forehead. Potatoes, corn and gravy slid down my face.
That was it. I stormed over to Preston's table. In his face I saw the guitar I wouldn't have. I saw my stolen Dictionary. The paper airplane. The word villain. Throwing up on stage.
"Preston Murray you are the meanest, most horrible person in the whole world! You're a cheater. And a big fat liar!"
"Well, you're a loser Vick-EEE," he said. Everyone at his table laughed. "Want some dessert?" Preston flung chocolate pudding at me. I ducked. It hit Sarah on the arm. I didn't know she and Juliette were behind me.
"You're the loser," I yelled. "You cheated!" I spun to face the cafeteria. Sandwiches were suspended in mid-air. Even the chewing stopped.
"Preston Murray cheated. He stole my list and gave me a fake one!" I turned back to him. My voice sounded like rolls of thunder. "And I know you stole my Grandfather's Dictionary. Give it back. NOW!"