When Jessie has to move to a new school, she has the perfect plan to make friends and get involved and make it all work. She wears the right outfit, plans out strategies to identify new friends, and have contingencies just in case things go wrong. But she never expected what happened.
Excerpt from the book…
Jessie swiped her sweaty hands on her pants, took a deep breath, and pushed open the heavy doors.
This was it: her first day of Middle School.
In a new town.
And a different state.
They’d moved here last week, she and her mom and dad and little sister and dog, who now moped around like he was lost or something. Their new house was a mess with boxes all over the place and the walls all white and no curtains on the windows. Jessie couldn’t find her favorite DVDs or her games or some of her shoes. Half of her clothes were still in suitcases and she couldn’t find any of her socks except the one pair she was wearing.
Jessie sort of sympathized with the dog, who seemed so confused and sad, but how could he feel lost when he had such a great family? He had it easy. She was the one who had to walk though this throng of kids when she didn’t know anyone.
It was kind of fun in a way: she had a completely fresh start. She could be the person she was now: a cool, confident kid who excelled at Irish dance and cello and singing and rock climbing, who liked Disney World and summer camp and swimming. It was a brand new chapter in Jessie’s life, in a city with a fantastic kid’s zoo and lots of festivals and three rivers with boating and kayaking and swimming and hiking. It was going to be great.
After she got through the first day of a new school.