Class president Brianna Justice learns that in middle school, even the best-laid plans can go awry.
Brianna hits the ground running in middle school, tasked with leading her class in raising money for the annual sixth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. But fundraising efforts get off to a rocky start, and Brianna finds it hard to relate to her suddenly body-conscious, boy-crazy best friends, Sara and Becks. Her friends have changed, and it seems like everyone in sixth grade is pretending to be something they aren’t. And Brianna fears she might be “the biggest fake of all” in her efforts to keep it all together and not freak out about raising enough money in time for the class trip. To make matters worse, a seventh-grade nemesis is determined to sabotage her fundraising efforts. Undaunted, Brianna discovers that in middle school, life doesn’t always go as planned, everything can change in an instant—including best friends—and that change can be a good thing. In this sequel to President of the Whole Fifth Grade (2010), Winston’s humorous prose captures the spirited preteen voice of an honors student with sass, quick wit, and great ideas. Readers will enjoy journal entries, text messages, and notes from Brianna’s trusty clipboard, which are interspersed throughout the narrative.
A whip-smart, funny, and fast-paced outing equally suited to returning fans and readers who are just meeting Brianna for the first time. (Fiction. 8-12)