Yesterday was the release of Jessica Leader's debut middle-grade novel, Nice and Mean about two girls - one nice and one mean - facing off in their school's video competition. I love the voice in this short bit from Jess's Book Briefs interview:
I snapped my pen shut. If Sachi had come up with the Victim/Victorious idea, Mr. Phillips would have been like, “Oh, Sachi, you are a genius, let me have your autograph.” Instead, he was trying to make me feel like I had twisted her arm, when in reality, her idea reeked of squeege. Did teachers talk about who to like and who to be mean to? I lay my arms across my desk and rested my chin on my hands. I hated school. I just hated it.