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Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown
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Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown Publication Date: September 13, 2016 Publisher: Tantrum Books
What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a ‘Wednesday”? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not—Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. And if that’s not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear…if only she were a Friday.
Excerpt 1 From Chapter 1
The first time I knew for sure I was a Monday was sitting in one of Mrs. Flannagan’s boring English lessons last year in fourth grade. She wanted to know if anyone could tell her the difference between smiles and meteors (that’s what it looked like when I glanced at the board).
Of course, there was no way I could have possibly known the answer because I hadn’t been paying attention. Mark Masters had been picking at his nose for like the last ten minutes, and that always distracted me a little. Total gross fest. Mark’s in my class again this year and I feel sorry for him. Not because he still picks his nose, which he does, but because he is a Saturday. And Saturdays don’t have any special powers.
“Who can tell me?” Mrs. Flannagan asked for the third time now, pushing her bright purple glasses up her bulbous nose. Her face grew pinker by the second.
From the corner of my eye I watched Ellie Preston’s perfect little manicured hand shoot up. She always has the right answers. That’s because she’s a Thursday. And Thursdays read minds. Once, I thought that I wanted to be one too, but decided it would get exhausting always being in other people’s thoughts. Plus, I wouldn’t want to share Thursday with Ellie. I’d rather be forced to spend my evenings at Power Academy, or eat fried cockroaches with anchovy sauce. Yuck. Heck, I’d rather be a Saturday.
Excerpt 2 from Chapter 1
That’s when it got weird. What I imagined actually happened.
In like a millisecond after my thought, the sparkly headband literally flew off her head, without a push, shake, or anything. It smashed on the SMART Board directly behind Mrs. Flannagan. The pieces scattered across the floor. A few of them even hit grossy Mark. His dirty finger immediately pulled out of his nose.
“Who did that?” Ellie’s head whipped around and her hair smacked Veronica in the face. Ellie’s eyes searched down the rows, one by one. She was using her powers on us yet again. But at that point, who was I to comment on using powers? I put her in this position in the first place by using mine. I thought so, at least.
Before she got into my head, I quickly changed to thoughts of my dog Pickle. If Ellie looked in, she would see dog poop and dirty fur. Nothing that could incriminate me for what just happened.
But someone knew it was me. Veronica smirked. I winked back.
“Poppy Mayberry!” Mrs. Flannagan’s nostrils flared as she stomped toward me like a big red bull charging. “How dare you use your powers in this classroom!” Her pudgy hand pointed about a foot above the door to a plaque stating the number-one rule of Nova Elementary: No power usage!
Although I should have been ashamed of the awful trick I had just played, I couldn’t stop the giant smile from spreading across my face. Finally! My telekinesis was here. That’s when I knew that I, Poppy Rose Mayberry, was officially a Monday.
Excerpt 3 Chapter 4
Ellie slouched in the chair and stared at the clock above his head. “I guess I can try to do a better job with them,” she said unconvincingly while twirling a few strands of brown hair around her finger.
Mr. Wible laughed. “You’re going to have to do a little more than try, Ellie. And I’m going to see that you do so.”
He slid the binder across the large desk, and I could now make out the cover. An audible laugh escaped from my lips.
Ellie rolled her eyes, yet again, and sat back up to reach for the binder. “Ohhhh, no, no, no, no, no.” She stood up with hands firmly planted on her hips. “There’s nooo way I am going there.” Her filed finger wiggled at Mr. Wible and then she leaned down and rummaged through her purse. I assumed she was looking for the new rhinestone cell phone she showed off to our entire class last week.
“No use calling them, Ellie. Your parents are in complete agreement,” he said, totally using his own Thursday mind-reading powers on her. “You’re already enrolled in the Academy.”
Her breath came out in quick, short bursts. “I can’t leave my friends behind. There is no way I am going to that place …” she stuttered, “… alone.”
“Oh, you won’t be attending Power Academy alone,” Mr. Wible reassured her. That’s when his beady eyes meet mine. I panicked, sure of the words that were about to fly from his mouth. Knowing that I, too, needed a whole lot of work in the whole Monday power department.
“Poppy Mayberry will be joining you.”
Ugh. These were going to be the longest weeks of my life.
Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.
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