October 16, 2012

BSC #108, Don’t Give Up, Mallory: Don’t Ask Me, I’m Just a Girl

Posted in books tagged , , at 8:50 pm by Jenn

Bravo, cover artist – these kids actually look 11

Summary: Mallory takes a class about children’s literature, which she’s really excited about…until it starts. The teacher, Mr. Cobb, grades only based on participation, then doesn’t call on the girls as much on the boys. When he does call on the girls, he only gives them a few seconds to get their thoughts together, then moves on to a boy. And half the time, he just lets the boys call out answers and ignores the girls raising their hands. Mallory doesn’t want to say anything, though, since the other kids are already teasing her about having good grades and she doesn’t want to rock the boat with anyone.

The sixth grade is also working on a big fundraiser, which Mallory gets to help plan as sixth-grade secretary. While looking through old records to get an idea of something to donate to the school, she learns that a previous class tried to give money for a student lounge, but no lounge exists. After some more digging, Mallory finds out that the money was used to make some repairs to the building instead. The principal agrees to let the sixth-graders fundraise for a lounge, promising to match the money if they make over $1,000.

Mallory becomes a major part of the fundraising activities, and the class raises more than $1,300 through things like selling flowers and running a dunk-the-teacher booth. The praise she gets for her leadership makes her decide to confront Mr. Cobb about favoring the boys. He blows her off because he thinks he’s an awesome teacher and isn’t going to let some shy little girl upset about her grade tell him what to do. Mallory also tells one of her classmates, Sandra, who tries to make herself look more feminine so boys will like her, to stop being an airhead, which is pretty awesome of her. Mr. Cobb winds up thinking about what Mal said and apologizing to the class for his actions.

B-plot: Buddy Barrett wants to march in the Memorial Day parade, but he’s not part of a group, so he can’t. He lies to the parade organizers, saying he’s in a marching band, and the BSC girls decide to make their own band for all the kids who want to be in the parade. They make their own instruments, which don’t play anything, but Mallory comes up with the idea of putting kazoos in the instruments. Then it gets boring.

Thoughts: Mallory is actually pretty cool in this book, at least once she grows a backbone.

“Guys don’t like girls who act too brainy.” Well, then I guess you don’t have too many boy problems, Sandra, because you’re a moron.

“I think we should do some dancing in this parade.” Jessi, don’t make me tell you to shut up.

If the girls are so annoyed with Mr. Cobb for not calling on them when they raise their hands, and for letting the boys call out answers, why don’t they just stop raising their hands and call out answers?

The day of the parade, a bunch of parents drop their kids off with Kristy without talking to her or even making sure she knows she needs to look after them. Because if there’s any chance to get away from their children, Stoneybrook parents will take it.

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1 Comment »

  1. Laura said,

    If the girls are so annoyed with Mr. Cobb for not calling on them when they raise their hands, and for letting the boys call out answers, why don’t they just stop raising their hands and call out answers?

    AMEN! Thank You!


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