Elements of Genius: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray by Jess Keating
Cover art by Lissy Marlin
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.