In the first in a projected series--""The Kids from Kennedy Middle School""--Robin Miller becomes an outcast when she finally rebels against her best friend, Veronica. Charismatic Veronica has started an exclusive club, ensuring that all the other girls in class will fawn on her and do her bidding Although they have been best friends for years, Robin isn't comfortable with Veronica's belittling sarcasm and cruel pranks; as the last straw, by a sort of droit du seigneur, Veronica claims a boy who prefers Robin. But Robin's time in the cold is short-lived: other girls begin to tire of Veronica's bossiness--even before Robin becomes the new center of attention as a result of being chosen to appear on TV with a rock star. Despite the pat conclusion here, Cooper captures the dynamics of this vulnerable age--when peer pressure outweighs even tender consciences--with insight and precision. Robin is a likable, three-dimensional character; kids will enjoy making her acquaintance.