Title: STICKER GIRL RULES THE SCHOOL
Author: Janet Tashjian
Pub. Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Jump into Book 2 of this magical middle grade adventure series with Sticker Girl Martina Rivera!
Bonus feature: Sticker sheet featuring the magic stickers from Book 2 packaged with the book.
A Chipmunk Ballerina. A Treasure Chest Full of Jewels. A Zombie DJ. These are just a few of the many stickers ready to be peeled off Martina Rivera’s new sticker sheet and come to life in Book 2 of the Sticker Girl series, Sticker Girl Rules the School. With a newfound confidence in hand, Martina is thinking about running for student council. Of course, her rambunctious sticker sidekick Craig―a talking cupcake―thinks this is a great idea and volunteers her to run for class president. As Martina soon discovers, running a campaign is a piece of cake compared to organizing a class trip and managing a horde of unruly stickers determined to create chaos within her group of friends. A magical new adventure awaits with Sticker Girl!
Bonus feature: Sticker sheet featuring the magic stickers from Book 2 packaged with the book!
A Christy Ottaviano Book.
Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, and My Life As a Cartoonist are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with My Life As a Ninja coming April of 2017.
Janet lives with her family in Los Angeles, enjoying her respite from the long Boston winters. When she isn’t writing, she’s rewriting. Learn more about her and all her books at JanetTashjian.com!
Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
I don’t need Craig to remind me that using magical poster paint might be cheating, but Bev thinks it’s the greatest idea on the planet.
“Candidates use whatever tools they have,” she tells me in school the next day. “If that paint is as good as you say, you’ll have the best posters in the history of student council campaigns ever!”
I tell Bev I just want to be fair to Tommy and Caitlyn.
Bev holds up her hand like she’s taking a vow.
“I promise to run a 100 percent clean campaign. But if we take advantage of a little magic on the way, is that so wrong?”
I end up agreeing with her—we should use the magic paint. To be honest, it’s not just this afternoon’s poster party that has me nervous—the day after tomorrow, I have to give my speech. So I not only have to worry about a test in social studies, I also have to worry about no one coming to my poster party too.
When I get home from school after barely passing my test, I find that Eric is working with Dad at the diner, so at least he won’t be here to disrupt the poster party. I’m still worried no one will show up, but Bev insists she’s got it covered.
I thought of peeling off the pizza sticker for the party, but Dad dropped off several trays of nachos, so I’ll save the sticker for another time. I take out several jars of poster paint I find in the garage.
“No way,” Bev says. “We need these posters to be amazing—everyone should use the magic paint.”
“Don’t you think people will think it’s weird if we all use the same palette?”
“You can say you’re trying not to be wasteful or that these are your favorite colors,” Bev says. “Besides, everyone just wants to have fun— they’re not going to ask a million questions.”
I hope she’s right. It’s not only the palette that’s making me feel anxious, it’s being the center of attention. Yes, Bev is my campaign manager and she’s friendly with most of our classmates, but what if kids show up and I have nothing to say? Suppose I ask them to make posters, and then just stand there, unable to find words? I know most people would think having a group of classmates come over to help and sup- port you would be a good thing, so why do I feel so nervous and afraid?
It’s as if Mom can read my mind, because she comes over and pulls me into a hug. “Even if it’s just you, Bev, and me who show up, we’ll have a great time.”
But it’s not just the three of us. More than half my class arrives at four on the dot (even Samantha and Jillian, who I’ve never even spo- ken to). I put on music while Bev hands out poster board and some bottles of glitter she brought from home. Between the nachos, the glitter, and so many of my classmates being here, no one seems to mind sharing the one palette of paint.
I just hope the magic comes through—and it does! My palette gives everyone incredible artistic abilities. None of my classmates can believe how well they can suddenly paint.
“I’m a whiz today!” Jillian says. “Usually, I can barely draw a straight line!”
Bev’s posters are all in gorgeous, glittery cursive. Samantha even wishes she had someone to run against for secretary so she could make campaign posters too.
I keep checking the palette to see if any of the paints are close to running out, but the palette is endlessly full of the deepest, most vibrant colors I’ve ever seen.
When I go to my room to get more poster board, I spot the fake table hiding the treasure chest and get an idea. I come back to the dining room table with a shoebox full of jewels.
“These look so real!” Samantha says.
“I know.” Bev smirks. “We thought so too.” The jewels and glitter we glue onto the posters make the glistening paint look even better.
And Jillian’s poster of me standing at a podium looks as if a professional made it.
“Oh my!” Mom examines the colorful posters leaning against the wall. “Each one is more gorgeous than the next!”
Some of the slogans are embarrassing and make me feel like if I win, I’ll have a lot to live up to. Bev’s FLY HIGH WITH MARTINA IS kind of funny, especially with the three lifelike figures she drew riding a Pegasus in the sky.
When Chad asks what I’m going to talk about in my speech, I tell him he actually gave me one of the main ideas in my platform. “I liked your idea about taking more field trips,” I explain. “I think I’ll talk about that.”
He seems happy his idea was good enough to share, and I wonder if maybe next time he’ll run for student council too.
As everyone takes a break to eat, I look through the posters my classmates made. Do they really think all these nice things about me? Bev shoves a handful of nachos into her mouth. “All we have to do is hang these masterpieces outside the classroom and you’re a shoo-in!”
Even though the poster party was supposed to end before dinner, there’s so much food, most of my classmates are full by the time their par- ents pick them up.
Later, after the posters are dry, Mom helps me carefully stack them to take to school tomorrow.
“You’ve made some nice friends here.” She points to the beautiful flowers and ponies on one of the posters. “Artistic too.”
I don’t tell her I’m the one who painted the poster she’s talking about. She knows I’ve never drawn anything so perfectly proportioned in my life, and I don’t feel like explaining the power of the magical palette.
I give Mom a hug and head back to my room, feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Halfway through diving onto my bed, I realize I’m about to land on Craig and roll out of the way. When he asks how the party went, I tell him it was great—but tiring.
“It’s hard for you, isn’t it?” Craig asks. “Having to talk to so many people at the same time.”
“Is it that obvious?” I stare at the ceiling. “I’ve never been much of a party person.”
“It gets easier the more you do it,” Craig says. “At least that’s what I’ve heard.”
I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and hope he’s right.
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