Nobody Was Here by Alison Pollet
Seventh Grade in the Life of Me, Penelope

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In this paperback debut, Alison Pollet brings us the story of an observant uptown girl named Penelope, whose posh upbringing can't protect her from changes at home and at school.

It's 1981, and nothing is going right in Penelope's life. She has just started seventh grade at Elston Prep, and she and her best friend Stacy aren't getting along. Stacy is all caught up in who's wearing what to whose Bar Mitzvah, and has even become friends with Annabella and Pia, two of the biggest snobs at Elston! At home, things are no better: there's a new mother's helper to contend with, and Penelope's little brother Nathaniel just won't leave her alone. And when her parents are at home--which is rare--all they do is fight.
 

About Alison Pollet

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Alison Pollet is the author of MTV's The Real World: True Confessions, MTV's Road Rules: Journals, and the co-author of MTV's Road Rules: Passport Abroad.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 240 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In an Upper East Side private school, a status-conscious, label-conscious, preppy 1981, Penelope Rosenberg is confronting the ambiguities of 12 going on 13.

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"Set in 1981 at an elite New York City private school, this first novel trenchantly evokes middle school social life in all its hazards and perplexities," said PW 's starred review.

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When the most powerful girl in class demands that Penelope and Stacy sign "The Pledge" to snub new kids, Penelope adds her name in "scratchy, minuscule letters" ("If it wasn't really her signature, it wasn't really her, right?").

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