Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Robin Mellom
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ever since her mom became principal, Allie’s life hasn’t been the same. All Allie wants is to fit in, but the whole school assumes she will tell her mom on them, so she becomes an outsider. Her only friends are the Afters, the three other kids who have to stay after school. When she is partnered with her ex-best friend, Chloe, for a book project, Allie ends up making a choice that sacrifices her friendship with the Afters to try to salvage her relationship with Chloe. In the end, she finds out that real friends stick to each other and are there for one another, no matter what.
Confessions From the Principal’s Kid is a fun, relatable book, especially for kids in elementary school. The author based this book off of her own experiences as a principal’s kid, so there is a lot of heart, and probably a lot of truth, to what she writes about. The characters are likeable and the experiences are relevant to kids of this age. The pacing of this story is perfect and keeps the reader right in the story with the character. This story explores sacrifice, empathy, and what it means to be a true friend in a unique narrative. This is an enjoyable read that any elementary schooler will love.