TITLE: The Comic Adventures of Ruby Bella Brown
GENRE: Humorous middle grade, contemporary
I’d eat worms or kiss a gross boy like Stinky Gorman to make sure my eleventh birthday won’t be another suck-a-rama. Visions of last years’ ditch-a-thon race through my head. Daisy killed my Peanut and Butter comic and made me feel like a talent-less loser…until Julia became my replacement best friend. But with Julia by my side, today will be better. It has to be!
Daisy takes out a mirror and paints on another layer of lip-gloss. Now’s my chance. I slide onto a bench on the other side of the cafeteria, take out a colored pencil, and open my sketchbook. School starts in seven minutes, and I need my favorite superheroes to show me how to stop my evil ex-best friend from ruining another birthday.
Daisy slams into my shoulder. “Ow!” My sketchbook falls on the floor. I lunge for it, but Daisy’s faster.
I have to get it back. Now!
I grab the side of my sketchbook. Daisy’s sidekick, Kate, knocks my hand away and stands between us like a brick wall.
Daisy flips through the pages and laughs. “Is that scribble supposed to be me? These stupid comics are even more pathetic than the ones you drew in kindergarten.”
She’s lying. She has to be lying!
Out of the corner of my eye, I see kids staring. They’re moving closer, to see what’s going on. I can’t let this happen again. After Daisy killed Peanut & Butter, I couldn’t draw anything for a month.