TITLE: Book Jumpers
GENRE: Middle Grade Adventure
There is nothing worse than being in Mrs. DelGrande’s first period class for special learners. Special learner is what they call us. I hate the name but it is much better than what the other kids call us behind our backs.
I don’t think I belong in this class because I am not as bad as the others are. It is not as if I drool on myself like Molly Dupree or have to take off my shoes and socks to finish a math worksheet like Brian Michaels. I have ADHD or as my doctor calls it Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. So what. I get a little distracted in class or act out on occasion, but at least I don’t repeat everything Mrs. DelGrande says the entire period like Jimmy Nelson.
“Bartholomew Jones, are you paying attention to me?” Mrs. DelGrande asks me in her most shrill voice.
“Yes, Ma’am,” I lie to her. I am not paying attention to her but I hear my name and perk up.
I hate when she calls me Bartholomew Jones. I prefer to be called Bart and there is no need for my last name because there is only one Bart here at Winthrop Middle School.
“If you were paying attention you can tell me what I was just speaking about, Bartholomew Jones,” Mrs. DelGrande says.
I look down at my desk and see that there is a math worksheet in front of me.
“Math,” I say.
“Be more specific,” Mrs. DelGrande demands.
“Numbers?” I say meekly.