Meet Jinni: a painfully shy eleven-year-old who daydreams about being popular (and capturing the attention of a certain boy). As best friend and sidekick to Julie Pastroni, an outgoing extrovert and coolest girl in the entire grade, Jinni and her social status have always skated by. But when Julie announces she’s moving, Jinni finds herself at the bottom of the totem pole, left to face the first year of middle school on her own.
To make matters worse, puberty has hit, and Jinni’s mom has just informed her about mandatory post-gym showers—-and the communal setting in which they take place. But after a visit to the family doctor where Jinni discovers she’s developmentally different, Jinni is determined to avoid the class (and being nude in front of her classmates) at any cost. The price is raised when a mishap with nemesis Delaney Miller threatens to expose Jinni’s secret.
Jinni’s roller-coaster of a ride through sixth grade is set in a small-town school where you can run, but you can’t hide. The story runs about 35,000 words and is in the same vein as Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
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