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Grade 5-8–This version of every kid's fantasy can be fun although it's sitcom thin and unbelievable, and its approach to bullying is unrealistic. After Robin and her group of eighth-grade friends, known as the Six Pack, are caught mistreating a classmate, Robin's mother moves them from Denver to Prairie Dog Town, OK. Dressed in a tailored suit chosen to bother her free-spirited mother, Robin goes to enroll in her new middle school and is mistaken for the substitute principal who (surprise!) has the same name. During her two days in office, she encounters a girl who is constantly tormented by a clique, gains insight into the victim's perspective, and works to empower her and address harassing behavior. She also watches soaps with the easygoing Coach Pickle, dials a psychic hotline for advice, and falls for a good-looking boy. By the time the real principal arrives, Robin has shared her story with the Opal television show and convinced them to come to town to do a special on bullying. Readers might enjoy this over-the-top book, but it's strictly additional when compared to James Howe's The Misfits (S & S, 2001), Doug Wilhelm's The Revealers (Farrar, 2003), and Judy Blume's Blubber (Random, 1976), all of which have fully developed characters, plausible plots, and lots more heart.–Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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About the Author

When Anna Myers was finishing the first grade she announced to her family that instead of graduating to second grade, she would spend the next year teaching the little first graders. Though she didn't begin her teaching career at 7, she did at 22, and taught teenagers her entire life. Anna is the author of more than one dozen books for Walker & Company, including Tulsa Burning, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Flying Blind, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and Assassin, an Oklahoma Book Award winner. This is her first foray into contemporary humor. Anna lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband John. Visit her Web site at www.annamyers.info.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1st edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802795609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802795601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was putting this book into Braille for others so it wasn't my choice to read. I found it very shallow and with a dubious morality behind it. The "heroine" is sly, totally self-centered and manipulative.
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Who knew that pulling a prank could lead you to sit in the principal's chair? That's right, the chair that faces the good and mostly bad students. For Robin, or Bird, as everyone else calls her, it may have been the best thing that could have happened to her.

It all began when Bird's mother had decided that it was time for them to move again, so Bird could live a different life. This decision only happened because Bird and her friends pulled a prank on an unpopular girl.

Before she knows it, Bird and her mom are off, driving to Prairie Dog, Oklahoma. For her mom, this means a fresh start for both of them. For Bird, it means a new school with no friends in a small, unknown town. Who knew her once lenient mother could ruin her life.

Everything changed when Bird walked into the office. Oddly enough, the secretary thought Bird was the temporary principal. Well, only because Bird shares the same name with the real temporary principal who was supposed to come in on Wednesday, not Monday, and Bird was dressed in a work suit, but only to make her mother mad. So now Bird is the new principal, but only for two days, which isn't all bad since they do have the most power. So Bird decides to make the best of the two days and she begins to make big changes. She even helps out an unpopular girl, who weirdly reminds her of the girl she pulled the prank on. Turns out this moving thing may not be so bad for Bird, after all. But what happens when her cover gets blown?

CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S CHAIR is a wickedly funny, extremely unusual, coming-of-age story. Although a little unrealistic, Anna Myers takes on a unique plot and makes it her own. Before you know it, Bird learns a very valuable lesson that she herself, and even the readers, needed to know. This is the perfect laugh-out-loud read that will keep your attention until the very end.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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Well, I thought this book was a bit slow. I almost stopped reading it not long after I started it. However, aside from the complete unlikelihood that this could ever happen, I thought the overall big picture was good. Bird sees what bullying does from the other side. She learns that the one being bullying has feelings. I thought the title was confusing because I was expecting a real principal. Even the first page made me believe that it started with background information and worked up to when she was a principal. In the end, I would recommend this book simply because it has a lesson about bullying. It is not necessarily a realistic look at bullying, but it is a lesson.
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Loved traveling down the road with Bird. She started out with the bullies but found her own voice along the way.
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