Excitement bubbles in my chest like a shaken can of soda. Out of all the guys in the school, Jayla picked me. Walked right up to me in the cafeteria with everyone watching. I feel like I have an aura shining around my head, like I’m the Chosen One in some fantasy novel.–My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner
We lean in for a BRiC, which is a secret high five that the three of us invented, named after our initials: Bhai, Rahul, and Chelsea. We had to throw in the i because we needed a vowel to make it a word. I beat u in a three-way tie.
–The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
Ben Hardy has been cursed by potatoes. Moving to Idaho seemed like a bad sign — and sure enough, a catastrophe in the cafeteria soon lands him a job as the substitute mascot for their school. Which is (you guessed it) a friendly spud. With learning how to maneuver in a musty old costume, sorting out his plans for the big school dance, and keeping his identity under wraps, Ben’s life as a potato is anything but bland.
Out of all the mascot options — the Cougars, the Eagles, the Saber-Toothed Tigers — my new school just had to be the Spuds.
Deciding what to do for a science fair is hard. It’s hard because what you really have to do is choose what not to do. Because you could do anything. You could do millions of different things. Except you can only do one thing. So after you choose all the stuff not to do, then you look at what’s left over. And that’s what you do.
–Jake Drake, Know-It-All by Andrew Clements
Alvin Ho is afraid of pretty much everything, and when he’s afraid, Alvin can’t speak. It’s hard to make friends at school when you can’t talk, but Alvin has a Personal Disaster Kit and a plan.
Not being able to talk in school is a terrible problem. But having a girl desk buddy is even worse; it is the kiss of death.