by Laurie Halse Anderson
Safety tip: Never mix chemicals without a defined procedure—they might explode.
Right now Kate Malone feels like she is ready to explode.
You see Good Kate, the daughter of Reverend Jack Malone, honor student and family caretaker, the always dependable daughter, a shoe in for acceptance at a college of her choice, Good Kate had done the unthinkable. Even the smartest students always apply to 5 or 10 schools just to be sure they have a fall back position. But Kate had only applied to one—MIT.
Now she is worried, worried to the point of panic that she might not get accepted. As Bad Kate keeps reminding her, she lied to her friends and her father about applying to other schools, and now she is paying the price. As most of her high achieving friends get their acceptances the pressure builds.
Kate Malone feels like she is ready to explode. She can’t sleep. She can’t concentrate. She is becoming more and more disagreeable. One event could trigger an explosion or something even more fundamental.
Whatever happens you’ll make the best of it, says Good Kate.
Your going to lose it big time, Bad Kate screams.
by Tom Reynolds of Sno-Isle Library System
Last Updated: January 15, 2008