Jinni Bert, Introvert: Sixth Grade Stinks

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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Chapter 1

What they tell you about puberty is that it happens to everyone. What they don’t tell you is there’s a ten percent chance you might turn out different from everyone else. I had to find that out from Nancy Swanson, MD, and she’s practically a stranger. 

Besides Doctor Swanson, nobody else on planet Earth knows about my “abnormality.” Not even my mom. 

Which is probably why she didn’t think it would be a big deal when she decided to casually announce that in middle school, after gym class, you have to take showers. 

Community showers, with no stalls or curtains or anything. 

Mom says it’s mandatory—that all the kids have to do it—that I should remember to bring my flip-flops and soap case and towel. 

Luckily, she only waited until THE DAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED to tell me. Which, according to the kitchen clock, gives me about negative nineteen hours to mentally prepare. 

But you know what? That’s only the second problem I’ve had to deal with today. 

The first? 

Julie Pastroni. 

And the fact that she wasn’t coming with me to sixth grade. 

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