Katie learns how awful it feels to be picked on when Bridget the bully takes aim at her. But with help from a caring teacher and support from a friend, Katie learns how to cope — an invaluable lesson for any child on the cusp of adolescence.
Katie's troubles begin when a simple misunderstanding leads to her being labeled “the nerd” and marked as off-limits to Bridget’s friends, a development punctuated when Bridget spitefully coerces other kids to chant "Katie has cooties” while riding the bus to school. Katie struggles with sadness and conflicting feelings about her onetime friend. She knows that Bridget is mean to people, but she doesn’t want to be left out of the group.
With helpful advice and support from her teacher, Ms. Gault, and her friend Neesha, Katie learns to look at herself and evaluate her options. Ms. Gault reminds Katie, “I want you to remember that you are a very important person in your own right. ... There are lots of kids for you to be friends with ... kids who will think you’re really neat.”
Katie is finding her way through the maze of emotions that is “middlescence.” With thoughtful reflection, conscious decision-making, and renewed self-esteem, she is able to confront Bridget and successfully pass this roadblock. A Coronet/MTI release.
Grade Levels: 4 to 8