Jessica's seventh grade teacher pairs her with the class outcast, Daphne, to work on a school project of writing, and illustrating, a book to be submitted in a city-wide contest. Jessica is horrified at the prospect of having to spend so much time with Daphne, not that she doesn't like her, but because she fears the 'popular' girls will tease her. When Jessica appeals to her teacher to let her change partners, he tells her he wants her to work with Daphne because she is the best writer in the class, and Daphne, the best artist. Together, they have a real chance at winning. Jessica is very surprised when, after working many afternoons together, they develop a great friendship. Daphne is hiding a tragic secret, and when Jessica finds out, she swears her to secrecy. When the secret becomes a real threat, Jessica is torn between protecting their friendship, or doing what she knows she must.
Date read: 3/27/2009