Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary: What would it be like if the principal was…your mom? Allie give an insider’s view, sharing her stories of staying after school with a small group of kids (the Afters) whose parents all work at school. It’s fun to have behind-the-scenes access to school, but a drag to have to stay after every day. Plus, Allie’s best friend Chloe hasn’t spoken to her since an incident in fourth grade where Chloe thought Allie ratted her out to her mom. Allie’s got some other problems, too–her overworked mom isn’t as much fun as she was when she was a teacher, and Graham–another old friend and fellow After–is acting weird. Author Robin Mellon draws on her own experiences as a principal’s kid to explain the ups and downs of that role. 272 pages; grades 3-6.
Pros: Fans of Dork Diaries and other realistic school stories will enjoy Allie’s authentic voice as she shows readers what it’s like to have the insider track at school. Short chapters keep the action moving quickly.
Cons: Allie occasionally sounds a little wise beyond her years.