McElderry/Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1416908616
Aladdin MIX, Paperback, ISBN 978-1416947394
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Seventh grader Cassie copes with her crazy home life by writing it up as a fantasy novel for her class’s journal assignment. But when she thinks that her mean English teacher isn’t even reading her brilliant work, just counting the number of pages she submits, Cassie rebels. After all, if your teacher isn’t paying attention, you can hand in anything, right?
"Dee makes an impressive debut with this achingly real novel. (Cassie has a) sharp sense of humor, increasing self confidence, and a spunkiness that readers will find refreshing."—Publishers Weekly, starred review ★
"The dialogue is fast, funny, and tender, and the characters are drawn with real complexity."—Booklist
"Very funny…Cassie is a spunky preteen, and girls will easily relate to her awkward chats with the boy she likes, sibling spats, and occasional moments of clarity."—School Library Journal
- Does Mom understand Cassie? Does Cassie understand Mom? Why is it so hard for them to talk to each other?
- How do you think Cassie, Miranda and Jackson will treat Dad when he returns to Emerson? What do you think he’ll tell them? How will they react?
- Why doesn’t Cassie ever tell on Miranda?
- Is Mr. Mullaney a terrible teacher? A good one? Both?
- Is Danny a good crush for Cassie? What do you think will happen to their relationship?
- Do you think Mom gives Miranda (and Cassie) too much responsibility?
- What makes Bess a good friend for Cassie – besides their shared love of fantasy fiction?
- Cassie can be pretty judgmental about people. Who (whom!) does she get wrong?