GENRE: Middle Grade Fiction
Lily Cooper and her twin brother Jaden raced through the hallways of Dearborn Elementary. The wind blew Lily’s wavy, black hair into a frazzled mess—that is, even more of a frazzled mess than usual. She dropped Jaden off at his class and continued the sprint to her own classroom. She burst into room eight and the door slammed behind her, trapping her backpack. The kids giggled, and Lily sheepishly grinned.
Mrs. Applegate tilted her head in Lily’s direction, raised her eyebrows, and then made a show of turning around to look at the clock. “Are you ordering lunch today, Lily?” Mrs. Applegate asked.
“No, I brought my lunch,” Lily said.
“Put your stuff away and come join us on the carpet,” Mrs. Applegate said as she turned back toward the rest of the class. “Now, where were we? Ah, yes, the talent show. Are there any questions?”
A few students asked the basic questions:
“Do you have to be in the show?”
“Can you perform with a friend?”
“Can I bring my nun chucks?”
Mrs. Applegate sighed before she answered. “While I don’t doubt using nun chucks requires a great deal of talent, I don’t think weapons are allowed.”
She had worked hard all year to teach the kids that there isn’t such thing as a “dumb” question, and she didn’t want to appear hypocritical now.
“Can we do a dance routine?” asked a girl with beautiful hazel eyes and flowing brown hair.
“Yes, Jasmine, you can dance,” Mrs. Applegate answered.