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Twelve-year-old Madison Finn is allergic to change. Her two best friends are away at camp and Madison is not sure she’s going to survive the summer, let alone the beginning of junior high. Good thing she has a new laptop, which she uses to write and store all of her thoughts on friendship, her parents’ divorce, and her fear of being called a loser for not liking sushi!
At first, change seems like the worst thing ever, but with the support of her family, friends, and little pug, Phin, Madison realizes she can handle anything that comes her way.
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Madison seems to be out of the loop these days. News travels so fast around school and online, and Madison is the last to know anything. A new online bulletin board called The Wall has captured the attention of Maddie and her friends. On The Wall, anonymous postings about people keep popping up—and they can be pretty mean. When secrets told in confidence appear on the site under a fake screen name that looks like Madison’s, she finds herself in the hot seat. Who could be so deceptive and hurtful? Maddie is determined to find the culprit and give her a taste of her own medicine.
Madison assumes that she and her best guy friend, Egg, will partner up for the “I Can Do That!” computer contest to create a web page for homework help. So when Egg chooses Chet as his partner, Maddie feels hurt. Their love of computers has always bonded them together. Fiona offers to be Madison’s partner, and Egg throws down a challenge: He double dares the girls to try to win against the boys. Madison embraces the challenge—she really wants to show off her computer skills. Or does she just want to beat Egg at his own game?
Twelve-year-old Madison Finn has found the perfect outlet for her worries about school and friendships and her mom and dad’s divorce: She’s started an online journal on her beloved orange laptop. For a girl who claims she’s allergic to change, this digital diary is the perfect way to sort out her feelings . . .
Only the Lonely: Summer seems to be going by way too fast as Madison worries about starting seventh grade.
Boy, Oh Boy!: Madison must balance a confusing class election with her feelings around her first crush.
Play It Again: When Far Hills Junior High puts on a play, can Madison survive the drama?
Caught in the Web: Forget ghosts—this Halloween, seventh grade is frightening enough.
Thanks for Nothing: On her first Thanksgiving since her parents’ divorce, Maddie finds gratitude helping animals at a shelter.
Lost and Found: On a snow day, Madison digs up some old—and surprising—memories.
Save the Date: The Far Hills Junior High war of the sexes is on—and Madison is teamed up with her nemesis, Poison Ivy.
Picture-Perfect: Madison and her friends are going to see their favorite singer in concert—but her friend Aimee is having a hard time.
Just Visiting: Maddie has the red, white, and blues this Fourth of July when she learns she’ll be spending the holiday away from her friends, at her grandmother’s house on Lake Michigan.
Give and Take: Will Maddie’s Christmas break be a total bust when her dad cancels a father-daughter ski trip?
Maddie’s friends all think her mom has a glamorous job, but Maddie has mixed feelings. She thinks it’s neat that her mom makes important movies about things like gorillas and travels to exciting places. But ever since the Big D, her mother works more than ever.
When her mom’s film crew shows up at Far Hills to document middle school life, everyone wants a piece of the limelight—everyone but Maddie. It’s hard having Mom at school—especially when she never has time for Madison at home. Can Maddie remind her mom to make time for her, too?
Every week, Madison can’t wait for her favorite show, Crime Time—she loves mysteries and knows she would make a great detective. So when her flute teacher’s priceless sheet music goes missing, Maddie decides to solve the case. As she collects the clues and compiles the list of suspects, Maddie realizes that the thief could be anyone! But soon, playing detective starts to get in the way of Maddie’s friendships, and snooping around takes her to places she doesn’t belong. Is there even a real crime to be solved, or is this just Maddie’s overactive imagination running wild?
Stella Min never gets scared. In fact, she?s pretty certain that she is the bravest one in the Monster Squad. But lately she can?t shake the feeling that she?s being watched?all the time! Soon she?s seeing floating eyeballs everywhere and quickly discovers it?s the Beast with 1000 Eyes. She knows she needs to stop it, but how do you kill a monster than can blink you to death?