Plastic Polly (mix)

Plastic Polly (mix)

Jenny Lundquist

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 144245248X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Popularity has its pitfalls, and Polly is discovering them firsthand in this middle-grade M!X novel.

Polly Pierce likes being the second-most popular girl at Winston Academy, right after her BFF, Kelsy. Popularity comes with special privileges, like a seat at the best table in the cafeteria and a coveted spot on the planning committee for the school’s big talent show competition, Groove It Up! And since all Polly has to do is agree with whatever Kelsy says, being popular is easy—even if kids do call her “Plastic Polly” behind her back.

But when a freak accident takes Kelsy out of the picture, Polly is suddenly in charge of the Groove It Up! committee. She’s not prepared for her new status—and neither is anyone else. Backstabbing friends, an intimidating crush, and diva demands from an injured Kelsy all threaten to derail Polly’s plans. Can she prove to everyone—and herself—that she has a personality of her own?

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nod, since I’m expected to care, but the whole time I’m watching Alyssa. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if the ground hadn’t shifted, elevating Kelsey and me—turning us into middle school royalty—while Alyssa was thrust to the bottom of the middle school heap. Back when the three of us had sleepovers every Friday night at Alyssa’s house, Kelsey and I would sing off-key to stupid pop songs on Mr. Grace’s old karaoke machine. Every now and then Alyssa would join in—overpowering us with

Alyssa expecting you?” “No.” For a second I wonder if Alyssa told her mom why we aren’t friends anymore. If she had, would Mrs. Grace still look so happy to see me? “Is she home?” “She’s in her room.” Mrs. Grace opens the door wide. “You know the way.” In her room Alyssa is sitting at her desk in front of her computer. “Hey, Mom, who was at the—” She stops when she turns and sees me. “Hey.” I wave slightly. “It’s me.” “I can see that,” Alyssa says. “What do you want?” “Alyssa!” comes Mrs.

We e-mailed back and forth last night, and he’s good to go.” We go over several more details until Mr. Fish is satisfied that everything is in order. “You have a real talent for event coordination,” he says as I leave. Outside in the hallway Justin is studying a note card. “You sure seem to like those things,” I say, tapping the card. Justin shrugs. “I have an Academic Smackdown meet coming up.” “You’re an AcaSmacker?” “Is that what you guys call it? At my school we call ourselves the

highly annoyed. “Beautiful,” Kelsey whispers. The applause continues, until Zack booms over the sound system that we still have several more acts to go before intermission. A crowd swarms Alyssa as she walks backstage. I wave to her and mouth, Congratulations. “Okay,” Kelsey says. “That’s done. So what are we going to do about the final act?” “I don’t know. I’m thinking.” But nothing comes to me as one act and then another performs. During intermission I have Alyssa quietly make a couple of

especially to the Words of Wonder authors: Anne Nesbet, Jenn Reese, Marissa Burt, Laurisa White Reyes, and J Anderson Coats, you have all made my first year as a published author a lot less scary, and a lot more fun! To Kerry Sparks, Alyson Heller, and Team Sparks, for your incredible encouragement and support. Thank you to my friends and family and to everyone else who has read my work and cheered me on, I feel incredibly blessed to have such a fantastic support system. And finally, thanks

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