Laurel can’t handle her new authority as editor of the yearbook, especially when it comes to Matt, the new guy at school who has her head spinning! Is she doing what’s best for the yearbook, or what’s best for her? Is she being unfair to Matt, or is he trying to use her? To complicate matters, her best friend’s love life is falling apart, her home life is driving her crazy with parents who are frantic about their upcoming high-school reunion and a sister who has suddenly become klutz of the century. Can Laurel help her best friend, survive her chaotic household and resolve her war of words with Matt without losing at love?
Targeted Age Group:: 10+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The adventures of having worked on my high-school yearbook.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I collect bits and pieces of personalities, dialogue and actions and use them to help create characters.
We went over the schedule and marked the most important deadlines. Then we sorted out who wanted to work on what—typing, advertising, writing copy, etc. Before we knew it, it was almost time for school to start, so I suggested that the editors have a quick discussion of our overall goals.
“Since I’m new here,” said Matt, “I’ve had only a few weeks to look over old yearbooks. I’m into photography, so I focused on the candids and the Who’s Who section. I’d like to see them expanded. They get everybody into the yearbook.”
“Well ….” I drummed my fingers on the desk. I wasn’t quite ready to try out my new authority. “Don’t you think the Who’s Who section labels people?”
“Isn’t that the whole idea?” Matt gave me a crooked grin. “Recognition for as many people as possible.”
“Recognition? You consider ‘Class Wolf’ and ‘Most Giggly’ recognition?”
“Sure. Not everyone can be a star athlete, valedictorian, or editor of the yearbook.”
Maybe Matt had a point, but I had to look as though I was in charge. “The Who’s Who categories are…silly.”
“I think they’re fun,” said Matt.
“Me too,” said Bret .
“It’s the first thing I turn to,” said Ruby.
Ack! They were trying to over-rule my first decision. I had to take control! I sat up straight, making the most of my five-foot, three-inches, so I’d look more official. “Now listen ….”
The bell rang. I felt a twinge of relief that I wouldn’t have to make a power play just then.
Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist.
Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix and six grand-kitties. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards.
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