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by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

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... she's buried under disagreement. Mr. Neck enjoys the noise, I tune out and focus on my doodle, a pine tree. I've been try- until one kid challenges him directly. ing to carve a linoleum block in art class. The problem with the block is that there is no way to correct mistakes. Every Brave Kid: "Maybe your son didn't get that job because he's mistake I make is frozen in the picture. So I have to think not good enough. Or he's lazy. Or the other guy was better ahead. than him, no matter what his skin color. I think the white peo- ple who have been here for two hundred years are the ones Mr. Neck writes on the board again: "...

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