October 6

A Fur-Ever Friend

Chloe and I just finished our first week at our new community service project. We're volunteering at the local animal shelter. It's the best community service job ever—we get to play with puppies and kittens! (We also have to clean up after them, which isn't as much fun. But it's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be!)

You guys already know I love my pet mice, Sam and Cody. They're really sweet, and I spend a lot of time feeding them and petting them. But now that I'm working at the shelter, I really want a dog. And not just any dog. There's this one really beautiful puppy that the folks at the shelter have named Pumpkin. I'm not sure what breed she is exactly. She kind of looks like a beagle but I think there's some cocker spaniel in her too. Anyway, she's only six months old, and she's the sweetest dog I've never met. Today she fell asleep all curled up in my lap.

I've tried before to get my parents to let me have a pet, and they said okay to two white mice. But a puppy is going to be a whole different story. I have to bring this up very carefully if they're going to say yes to Pumpkin. Do you guys have any sure fire advice for me? I've never wanted anything more than I've wanted this puppy, so I've got to make sure I do it right!

Thanks for the help.



August 13

First Day Dress Mess Dilemma

thing I love most about summer is that I don’t have a huge schedule to follow.
I don’t have to be anywhere at any special time. I don’t even have to go anywhere if I
don’t want to. I can watch what I want on TV and read any book I want without
having to write a report about it. Summer rocks!

summer is also almost over, and that means I have to start thinking about what
I need for school this year. The first thing I have to get is the perfect
back-to-school outfit. That takes a lot more thought than just deciding whether
I want to use the red binder for English or the green one for math. After all,
the outfit you wear the first day of school can define the way people think of
you for the rest of the year.

year, I made the mistake of wearing my camp T-shirt to school the first day. I
thought people would be impressed that I’d gone to sleepaway camp, but I was
wrong. All anybody thought was how dorky and uncool my shirt was. On the other
hand, my former BFF, Addie Wilson, was wearing a totally styling top, which
guaranteed her a spot as one of the Pops.

don’t get me wrong—I don’t want to be a Pop. I like my group of friends a whole
lot better. For one thing, they don’t judge me based on how I dress. And for
another, they’re never snobby or mean. But just because I don’t want to be a
Pop doesn’t mean I don’t want to look cool or stylish. I definitely want to
make a statement with my first day outfit. But what statement should I make?

I guess I could go for a
sophisticated look and wear my black skinny jeans, a black oversized tee and my
silver and black cowboy boots. Or maybe I could go a little hippy-like and wear
my faded jeans with my new peasant blouse that has embroidery around the neck.
Then again, maybe I could convince my mom to get me one of those new pink,
white, and black zebra print 80s retro shirts and wear it with my black

What do you guys think? Which
outfit do you think I should go for? And have you planned out your back to
school look yet? Drop me a note and let me know.



May 25

Are You Friends With Your Folks?

So last week, my friends and I all decided we were going to
make pages for ourselves on a website where you can tell your friends what
you’re doing and post funny photos of you and your friends. I hadn’t actually
even thought about having a page on the site until I heard the Pops talking
about it on the way to their clubhouse (which, in case you don’t know, is the
girls room near the cafeteria, where they all hang out after they eat lunch).
I bet it doesn’t shock you that Addie
and Dana were the first kids in the whole sixth grade to be on the site.
They’re the first ones in our grade to do everything.

raced home so psyched to make my page. But then my mom told me she would only
let me create a profile if I named her as one of my friends!

so that wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I mean, I like my mom and all, but I
wouldn’t count her as one of my friends. On the one hand, I really want to have
my own page on the site. But on the other hand, it would be really embarrassing
to have my mom on my list of friends. Especially because everyone will know
that my mom is watching my page.

I’m not really sure what to do. Should I stay off the site, or should I let my
mom be one of my friends? What would you do?

Thanks for the help.


April 15

Dress Distress

Okay, here’s a question for you. Does your school have a
dress code? Mine doesn’t. At least it doesn’t for now. But some parents are on
a committee to start a dress code at our school. I don’t know exactly what they
want the dress code to be, but there are a lot of rumors going around. Someone
said they don’t want us to be allowed to wear jeans or t-shirts anymore. That
would kill Chloe. All she has are her wacky t-shirts with all their funny
sayings on them. And then I heard another rumor that if these parents get their
way, the guys will all have to wear ties everyday. Somehow I can’t see Marc and
Josh wearing ties to school.

if my friends and I would be upset about a dress code, can you imagine what the
Pops would think? They don’t let anyone—not even their parents—tell them what
to wear. They think it’s their job to tell the rest of us what’s cool enough to
wear to school.

If this dress code goes through, there are going to be a lot
of angry kids at Joyce Kilmer Middle School, that’s for sure.

the dress code like at your school? And how do you cope with it? Is it possible
to follow the rules and still be unique?

wait to hear from you!



March 2

Food For Thought. . .Or Your Thoughts on Food

Hi there! How’s your winter been
going? We’ve had four snow days in the past month, so mine’s been great! Don’t
you love when you turn on the computer and see the word CLOSED next to your
school’s name? I think that may just be the best feeling in the world.

But actually, I’m hoping we have
school next Friday, because that’s the day of our sixth grade banquet. It’s
this tradition we have at Joyce Kilmer Middle School where every sixth grader
in the school brings in a dish, and then we sell the food in the school
cafeteria. The money all goes to charity. This year we’re giving the money to
help out all those people who were left homeless in Haiti after the earthquake.

I want to cook something really special, partly
because I’m the class president, and it’s important that I bring something a
lot of people will buy so we can earn a huge amount for charity. The other
reason I want to make something spectacular so that Addie and Dana can’t make
fun of my cooking. I know that sounds ridiculous, but you guys know that the
Pops can make fun of anything. And they usually do. I don’t really want to
spend the whole banquet hearing what a dork I am for making something Dana
thinks smells like the girls bathroom. You guys know what I mean, right?

I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions about what I
could make for the banquet. Do you have a favorite dish?

Thanks (again!) for the help. I’m
so glad I have friends like you.



January 28

I Need Your Help ASAP!

Okay, this is an emergency. I have a big problem, and I need to fix it—fast! Tomorrow is Chloe’s birthday. She’s having a big party at the ice skating rink. I found her perfect gift—a sweatshirt that says figure skaters are cool on the front. My mom even let me get a new sweater for the party, and I just had a haircut, so my hair is all bouncy and stylin’. Everything is perfect. Or at least it was perfect until I got up this morning, and found a zit in the middle of my forehead. And not just a little tiny zit. Oh, no. This zit is huge and red. It looks kind of like a volcano erupted right there on my face. I’m telling you, it’s gross!

Does anyone have any advice on how I can get rid of this thing, or at least hide it? I’ll try anything.

Thanks so much you guys! I can’t wait to hear from you.



December 17

My New Year’s Resolutions

This year, I’m making a whole list of resolutions for the
new year. I did that last year, too, but I wasn’t too great at keeping them!
This year’s going to be different, though. That’s because I’m not making any
promises I can’t keep (or at least try to keep, anyway!).

Here’s my list of resolutions:

1. Make time to listen to my friends and help them with
their problems

2. Work harder on my schoolwork

3. Clean Sam and Cody’s mouse cage more often

4. Spend more time helping out with community service

5. Ignore the annoying things the Pops do.

That last one is going to be the
toughest one of all to keep. For some reason, the stuff Addie and her friends
say and do really gets to me. Of course, that’s why they do it. Maybe they’d
stop being such jerks if I didn’t let them upset me. It’s worth a try, anyway.

Okay, those are my resolutions. Are you guys making any this year? What are they? And
how successful do you think you’ll be at keeping them?

Happy Holidays!



November 23


Okay, I admit it. I’m feeling pretty stressed out. I thought
I had everything under control, but now, not so much. And I’m not sure how to
straighten myself out.

all started at a student council meeting two weeks ago. (I’m the sixth grade
president, did you know that?) Somehow I wound up volunteering to plan the
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, which is this big dance they have on the Saturday
before Thanksgiving every year at my school. Actually I know exactly how I
wound up on the dance committee: Addie Wilson volunteered, and started talking
about how she and her friends would be glad to work on the dance, and how no
one knew how to throw a great event like they did. For some reason that really
made me mad. It was like she was saying the rest of us could only create a
mediocre dance or something, and there was no way I was letting her get away
with that.

now, not only am I on the student council, I’m on the dance committee. And I
could have managed both of those things just fine if Chloe hadn’t asked me to
help serve lunch at a shelter on Thanksgiving. I said yes right away.
Unfortunately, what Chloe didn’t
tell me is that before Thanksgiving there are all these meetings you have to go
to where you learn about the shelter, and the food program, and what we’re
supposed to do when we serve the people there. I know that helping out at the
shelter with Chloe is a good thing, but it’s taking a lot more time than I
thought it would.

then, just to top things off, this morning my English teacher, Ms. Jaffe,
assigned us a big paper on this book we’re reading in class. It’s due the day
before Thanksgiving break, which is like two weeks away. I’ve barely started
the reading.

you look at all that, and then add in that I’ve got homework in all my other
classes, plus my chores around the house, I’ll bet you can understand why I
started this blog with a loud AAAAHHHHHH! Wouldn’t you?

have any of you guys ever found yourselves overloaded? What did you do to fix
the problem? If you had to drop any of these activities, which ones would you

. .g2g. I can’t spend any more time on my computer tonight. I’ve got to get
going on reading that book for my English paper.



October 16

TV or not TV?

Okay, so get this. Sam just got her own TV! It’s in her room
and she can watch it whenever she wants. How cool is that? I’m psyched, because
I’m sleeping over at her house on Friday night, and we’re going to stay up
really late watching movies in her room. I’ve never done that at any of my friends’
houses. No one else I know has a TV in their room, not even Addie Wilson,
although I bet she would say she did if you asked her. I know better.

I’ve wanted a TV in my room forever. We only
have two TVs in our house. One is in the living room, and one is in my mom and
dad’s room. I watch the TV in the living room, unless my mom and I are having
one of our lie-around-in-bed days, when we sit on her bed and watch old movies.
That’s usually a rainy day thing.

problem with only two TVs is that I usually have to watch TV with someone else
in the room. My parents are really into do-it-yourself kinds of shows. That
means we watch a lot of shows about fixing up your house, or sprucing up your
garden. That’s not exactly my idea of a great way to spend an evening.

tried asking my mom and dad for my own TV, but they weren’t having it. They said
they don’t believe in that. And they didn’t seem to understand why I would even
want one. So here’s my question: Do you guys have TVs in your rooms? If you do,
what’s the best part about having one? And if you don’t, do you mind not having

wait to hear from you!



September 2

Decision, Decisions

Okay, I think I might just be the
worst decision maker in the entire world. You should see me in a restaurant. It
takes me forever to choose what I want to eat. And even after I choose
something, I usually change my mind as soon as I hear someone else at the table
order something that sounds better.

leads me to my latest problem. Well, it’s not a problem, really. It’s actually
a very good thing. My mom is finally going to let me wear lip gloss to school!
Up until now, I had to use chapstick, which is definitely not the same
thing!I went to the makeup store
yesterday to buy my first lip gloss. But there were so many! I couldn’t decide
which to get, so instead I left with nothing. So I need your help. Do you guys
have a favorite color? Do you like the lip gloss with sparkles? Or maybe the
flavored kind? And if you do like the flavored kind, which flavor is your

you think I have trouble choosing lip gloss, you should have seen me in the
library during English class today. Ms. Jaffe told us that for the next two
weeks, we get to choose our own books to read. All she asks is that we keep
reading journals where we keep track of what’s going on in the book, and how we
feel about it, as we read.

first that sounded like the best project I’d ever had. But then came the hard
part. What book should I read? I know that whatever I pick should be something
I’m really going to like, especially since I’m going to be writing about it
every day for two weeks. I also want to pick a book that kind of makes me sound
smart. You know what I mean. It’s the same reason I always used to buy the
fattest book I could find at the school book fair. It just seems impressive,
you know?

friends don’t seem to be having any problem choosing books. Felicia went right
for the romance section in our school library. Chloe chose a biography of a
famous actress (of course!). And Marc is reading some science-fiction novel
about evil robots that look like people and try to take over the earth.

I, however, left the library
empty-handed. So I was hoping you guys could give me some suggestions on what
to read. Do you have a favorite book? A favorite author? A favorite series? Let
me know. I can use all the help I can get when it comes to making decisions!