During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal's kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She's friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of misfits whose parents are teachers at their school. Although Allie secretly loves her insider life, she's sick of being an outsider—so she vows to join the Pentagon, the popular math team led by her ex–best friend. But can Allie change her status without betraying where she really belongs?
Being the principal’s kid makes fifth grade difficult for Allie West as she struggles to make new friends and stay true to her old ones in this funny and poignant novel from Robin Mellom, a former principal’s kid.
"Sincere, unpretentious, and sometimes witty, Allie’s first- person narrative will have broad appeal for the many kids who feel like outsiders at school, as well as those who are navigating the sometimes choppy waters of friendship." –Booklist
"Allie makes mistakes but takes things in stride; her cleareyed, first-person narration makes the story, and she's very easy to sympathize with . . .Readers will feel they'd be lucky to have Allie as their best friend."–Kirkus
"Give to elementary-age readers looking for gentle realism." –SLJ
"...Readers who’ve ever pondered what goes on in the school building when students are not around may enjoy a sympathetic look at the kids who remain in lockdown after the dismissal bell rings." –Bulletin
Robin Mellomreally was a principal’s kid, and many of the events inConfessions from the Principal’s Kidhappened to her. She is the author of two middle grade series, The Classroom and The Pages Between Us, has taught middle schls+