"One last glorious free-for-all, like those funny square hats thrown into the sky. Only we were the ones flung topsy-turvy, not knowing where we would land."
Meet Winnie! She's weird, sweet, funny and dramatic.
Starting with her birthday in March (zodiac sign is Pisces), every chapter brings a new month and a new event in Winnie's life. The big and little moments of Winnie's years are captured with honesty and warmth, and her sharp observations and infectious enthusiasm make for hilarious storytelling.
With the start of her birthday in March, Winnie starts out by having her birthday party Halloween themed. For Winnie's tenth birthday she received a CD player from her parents, a heart necklace from Amanda, a strawberry stationery set from Chantelle, and a Hershey's chocolate bar from Louise. The rest of her gifts are unknown.
Winnie at this age is very quirky and confident. She even says "That's me: clever, unique, and weird." On her birthday, her sister Sandra tells her that people can mock her for being so weird. This hurts Winnie's feelings a little bit but her mom assures her that Sandra did not put that the right way. Winnie pushes past that and believes that growing up is awesome. She writes a note of encouragement to herself about growing up saying...
"Growing up isn't all it's cracked up to be, and being weird is much more fun than not being weird, and so is being unique, and if anything hard ever does come along, then who cares? I'll handle it, just like mom said. I can handle anything, and the reason why is because I am me and I am ten and I am awesome. And maybe that sounds braggy, but I don't mean it that way. I'm simply telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
P.S. Black icing does NOT stunt your growth."
Winnie's closest friends at this age are Amanda, Chantelle, Maxine, Louise, and Karen.
Winnie is the closest with Amanda and Chantelle. Amanda is Winnie's best friend. Winnie says that the reason they are best friends is because Amanda likes Winnie's ideas, laughs at Winnie's jokes, and is willing to rollerblade when the rollerblading mood struck them. Winnie also likes Amanda because Amanda is purely and truly nice. Winnie also thinks that growing up will be even better with her best friend Amanda. Winnie also believes that Amanda has helped shape who she is. Winnie thinks that without Amanda she wouldn't be as silly and that they will stay best friends forever. It would be terrible if Amanda ever changed.
Winnie's second best friend is Chantelle. Winnie and Amanda met her in third grade. Winnie and Chantelle differ at lot at this age. Chantelle likes clothes, purses, and makeup while Winnie can't stand that stuff. But although the differences they have, they get along really well. Winnie says that Chantelle is funny and feisty.
Winnie and Louise had a love/hate relationship. Often Louise was cool, but other times Louise could be a jerk. Winnie didn't like the fact that Louise refused to eat her ghost shaped cake in front of Winnie's mom because it had black icing on it. Winnie's mom made the cake and worked hard on it.
One of the girls that came to Winnie's party was named Dinah Devine. Winnie was indifferent towards her. Winnie was forced by her parents to invite her because Winnie's dad and Dinah's dad work together. Winnie didn't like that Dinah was nervous a lot of the time. She also was worried that Dinah might start crying all the time.
Winnie didn't really care about Dinah because she had Amanda. In April, Amanda and Winnie bury a mouse that Amanda's dad killed. This shows how much of a tomboy Winnie was at the time. However, Amanda was not a tomboy. Winnie tried to pretend to like a lot of things just for Amanda. After they buried the mouse Amanda's mom took Winnie and Amanda to the mall which we later learn that Winnie hates. Amanda's mom also buys Winnie chicken salad which Winnie also doesn't like. Winnie wanted to spend time with Amanda and her mom, so she doesn't complain. Winnie also really likes Amanda's mom (Mrs. Wilson). Mrs. Wilson offered to buy Winnie and Amanda something they picked out from one of the stores. Winnie loved the fact that she brought her a bracelet and Winnie even accidentally said that she wished that Mrs. Wilson was her mom in front of her real mom! But it was all good in the end because Winnie's mom forgave Winnie. In fact, Mrs. Perry has been a very important part in Winnie's life.
Another important character in Ten was Aunt Lucy. A main part of the book is Winnie going to New York City. During May, Winnie takes a trip to New York with her Aunt and her sister. Winnie explores someplace she hasn't been before. She learns about the many ethnic races and homeless people there. Winnie also learns that soft drinks are called soda in New York, where in Atlanta all soft drinks are called coke. To read more about what Winnie did in New York click here.
June is an exciting month for Winnie because it's summer. Winnie loves summer, the heat, summer vacation, and swimming pools! When she goes to the pool, Winnie likes to bring her blue and white striped beach towel.
Winnie was showing her inner tomboy again because she didn't like the fact that Amanda needed to work on her tan when they went to the pool. Winnie liked swimming in pools, not tanning. Sandra says that Winnie has a olive tone skin so she tans easily, unlike others. Also, when Winnie goes to the pool she enjoys doing handstands and flips in the shallow end. Winnie could easily do a handstand, tuck, curl up in a ball, and do four in a row. She could do front and backward flips.
One day in June at the pool, Winnie showed her inner fiestyness and the care she has for her brother. A girl was making fun of Ty (Winnie's little brother) and Winnie went over and fought for her brother. She gave her brother beauty treatment, which involved a massage and painting his toenails Dusky Rose nail polish and a girl was saying that boys were not allowed to wear pink. Winnie was always trying to teach her brother new lessons. She tried to point out "unusual" people so that she can show Ty that people were allowed to do whatever they wanted to, even paint their toenails.
In July we see how much Amanda means to Winnie. They were supposed to go to Wilderness Survival Camp together, however, Amanda backed out to go to cheerleading camp. Winnie was so upset that she cried.
Winnie was worried that she wouldn't have any friends without Amanda, but she quickly made a friend named Connor. They both liked doing interrupting cow noises. Even though Winnie was only friends with him, the other girls at camp thought that Winnie liked him. The other girls also pointed out a cute boy that had a name something like Plars. Winnie also thinks that he's really cute. There is a theory that Plars is really Larson Colman, a boy that Winnie later dates. When Winnie meets Lars, it is the first time that Winnie feels something for a boy. At the moment she couldn't talk to him because she thought he was that cute. Winnie didn't want to have a moment with a boy like that until she was ready for it.
In August it was her little brother's birthday party. Winnie didn't like a boy at the party because he was annoying. Winnie was happy because her older sister, Sandra, took Winnie to the park to get a break. Winnie loved having Sandra time but there was a wasp that wouldn't stop annoying them. Winnie thought it was silly when children and sometimes adults freaked out when there was a bee or a wasp. Sandra told Winnie that the wasps would die soon, so they were cranky. Winnie said that if she knew she was going to die, then she would be nicer, and not meaner.
Later on, Winnie was talking with Amanda about starting school again. Winnie was shocked when she noticed that Amanda wasn't as excited as she should be. Winnie was trying to get Amanda to talk about what she was scared about, and she made a fool out of herself when she said harpoons instead of typhoons. Amanda looked at Winnie like she was a loon, so Winnie decided to act loonier. She laughed like a manic, but Amanda wasn't amused. Winnie was very slightly embarrassed. Winnie also cupped her ear with one hand and shouted: "I can't hear you, little girl!" She wanted to make Amanda smile, but instead, Amanda's cheeks turned pink. Amanda told Winnie that she wouldn't understand why 5th grade would be different from 4th.
Winnie and Amanda like jumping off the swings in Amanda's backyard. Winnie often likes doing the razzle-dazzle-fluff-'n'-puff move.
Winnie started school in September in Ms. Meyers class. Winnie's older sister Sandra would be a freshman in high school. Sandra taught Winnie how to get their mom to do things. Sandra told Winnie that it's better to ask in a sweet voice rather than barking. Sandra also told Winnie that it matters what kind of notebooks you have, so when Winnie's mom asked Winnie if she wanted big eyed monkey notebooks, Winnie said no. Winnie said that she wanted the boring ones, but then she changed her mind and decided that she was going to be herself and get the monkey notebooks.
The day before school, Ty slept with Winnie in her room. Ty asked Winnie if there were bullies in Trinity, since he was starting preschool there. Winnie wanted to be honest and told him that there might be kids that aren't the nicest. Winnie told him to walk away from those kids.
On the first day of school, Winnie had a mix of nervousness and excitedness. She met Amanda and Chantelle, but they kept getting embarrassed at things Winnie would do. Amanda said that they needed to have crushes on boys, but Winnie thought that idea was dumb and that it was probably planted into Amanda's head by her mom. Winnie didn't want to be boy crazy. Winnie thought that gossiping about boys was also boring.
In November, Winnie was happy because Thanksgiving was coming up, and it was one of her favorite holidays. Winnie wrote an acrostics poem in her class. She wrote...
Things I Am Thankful For
Having fun with friends
Alex Plotkin not living in my basement
Nuts, especially the ones in peanut M&M's
Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Getting to go to the Statue of Liberty
Very best family EVER!!!!!!
Interesting and highly informative shows on the Discovery Channel
Not having to eat giblets, and also not being a giblet
Going to the World of Coke! Yahoo-eee-hoo-eee-hoo-eeeeeee
When Winnie's class went to the World of Coke, they had the chance to taste test different coke flavors. Winnie's favorite was Spar-berry from Zimbabwe. Her least favorite was Beverly from Italy.
Winnie was very excited in December because Christmas was coming! Winnie also found a new food that she really liked. Maxine's mom came into Winnie's class to talk about Judaism and gave out potatoe latkes. Winnie said they were "salty, crispy deliciousness."
For Christmas Winnie got a journal from Santa in her stocking and scented gel pens from Sandra. Winnie used both of those to write her New Years resolutions. She wrote down this
- That I won't let a certain girl named MINDY get under my skin
- I won't worry about other things either. For example bees or rules or- dun dun dun- the Bathroom Lady
I will also stop flushing the toilet.I will no longer not not flush the toilet. In fact, I WILL FLUSH THE TOILET EVERY TIME I USE IT. That is and order, young lady. Got it?
- I will never think about how hot dogs are made,
- I won't think about it on purpose, that is. And if I'm in a group of people and the topic comes up, I will walk away. That's right. I will WALK.AWAY. And the moral of this story is?
Bring it on New Year! Let the good times roll!
Ten Fast Facts!
- Winnie doesn't like the names June, Myrtle, Thelma, or Phillipa.
- Winnie has a toy bear stuffed with rice that she can microwave to keep warm in the winter.
- Winnie likes to call people a name she made up: Silly Custard.
- Winnie is afraid of flushing the loud toilets in her house, The Bathroom Lady, and sharks.
- Winnie prefers being barefoot than wearing fancy shoes.
- Winnie (age 10) hates purses, lipstick, and pantyhose.
- Winnie doesn't like green beans.
- Winnie got Sandra a blue baby doll shirt that said Shalom, y'all!
March begins with Winnie's 11th birthday. Winnie had crispy waffles for breakfast and then went to school. She didn't have cupcakes to pass out during lunch because she's in 5th grade and that wasn't cool anymore. But she did have her class sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Winnie thinks that the best part of her day will be her birthday party to come.
Winnie couldn't relax while waiting for her friends to come. She kept humming and bouncing on the couch in her den. Winnie and her best friend, Amanda, planned the whole party in their art class. Winnie had been drawing girls hanging off tree branches by their knees while they talked. Amanda asked Winnie what the best present she got from someone other than her parents. Amanda knew that Winnie's favorite present from her parents was her CD player. Winnie said that she really liked Amanda's heart necklace and a pair of crutches she got from her Aunt Lucy. Her aunt let Winnie keep the crutches as an early birthday present when Winnie was helping her set up a garage sale. Amanda thinks that her present for Winnie this year will be the best yet!
When Amanda arrives for Winnie's birthday party, she had a medium sized box wrapped in bright green paper. Amanda wouldn't let Winnie see her present, and Amanda wanted her mom to talk to Winnie's mom. Then Chantelle arrived with a small box wrapped in shiny red paper. Dinah arrived next. Winnie was again forced to invite Dinah because her dad works with Dinah's dad. Karen and Louise arrived next in Louise's mom's car. By this time all the guests had arrived and Winnie wanted to put on a play she wrote called "The True Tale of Sophia-Maria: A Tragedy." Sophia-Maria is a girl who got kidnapped and taken to France, where she becomes a scullery maid for a horrible baroness. No one wanted to watch Winnie's play or participate in it, so Louise suggests riding up and down the staircase using an electric chair that's attached to the wall and belonged to the old lady who lived in the house before Winnie's family. Everyone except for Winnie was having fun. Winnie tried to make things more interesting by suggesting that the old lady died in the chair. But everyone then made fun and pretended they were sitting on the ghost of the old lady. Winnie was slightly upset. She worked hard on her play and was looking forward to performing it.
Her thoughts were cut off by Louise not letting Dinah have a turn and she tried to get everyone to make their own pizzas, but everyone was arguing about who should get to ride the chair. There were two pizzas and Winnie wanted to make her pizza with Amanda and Chantelle, but Louise and Karen were leaving Dinah out. Amanda decided to switch spots with Dinah, and that made Winnie upset again. Plans were off track again because they were supposed to open presents first, but Winnie's mom forgot that and brought the cake out. After the cake, they went to the den and opened presents. Louise gave Winnie body glitter and Chantelle gave Winnie clip-on earrings since she didn't have her ears pierced. Karen gave Winnie a set of Bonne Belle Lip-Smackers in a different flavor set. Dinah gave Winnie a scrunchy with gold stars on it that Dinah made herself. Finally Amanda's present. Inside the box that Amanda brang was a card that said: "Will you take care of me?" Winnie was confused, but then Winnie's mom brought in a little gray and white kitten. Winnie named her Sweetie-Pie to match Amanda's cat, Sweet Pea.
Winnie's interest in makeup grows in April where she makes over her mom and sister using her birthday gifts. Winnie thinks the gold body glitter she has suits her better because of her brown hair. She uses the silver body glitter on her sister, Sandra, who has blonde hair. Winnie was nervous about doing her sister's hair and makeup but was glad to see Sandra practicing hairstyles later that night.
When Winnie goes to the dentist with Sandra, she tries to get Sandra out of her foul mood. She lies to Sandra that the dentist gained a lot of weight even though that wasn't true. However, it does get Sandra to lighten up. When Winnie's mom causes Sandra to be mad again, Winnie thinks that it's her job to make Sandra feel better since she is her sister. Later that night Winnie makes Sandra a snack of peanut butter crackers and M&M's. Winnie tries to get closer to Sandra and doesn't say anything when Sandra insults their mom. She also listens to Sandra's new friend problems. When Sandra says she thinks she outgrew her friend Angie, Winnie is shocked. Winnie never wants that to happen with her and Amanda. Before Sandra kicks Winnie out of her room, Winnie asks Sandra to borrow her Sunkist shirt because she loved it. Winnie would pretend she was at a slumber party when she wore it. But Sandra gave her a Sweet Treats shirt instead, which to Winnie wasn't as good as the Sunkist shirt, but it was close.
When hanging out with Amanda during a day in May, Winnie was eating Cheetos and wanted to go to a cool vintage store called Richard's which had "weird junk" in it.
Winnie went to Kings to look for a replacement giant size Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker. She didn't find one and wasn't interested in looking at the new Seventeen Magazine with Amanda. At Richard's Winnie is fascinated with a pick container that made a popping sound when the lid came off. She thought that container would be perfect for storing Gummi Bears or Hershey's Kisses. When an old lady struggles to reach a ceramic cat, Winnie panics and runs away instead of helping. Winnie then feels ashamed and buys the old lady a yellow card with a bouquet of flowers on the front that read " To A Very Special Person." Winnie doesn't have the time to give the old lady the card because Amanda comes and Winnie doesn't want Amanda to judge her for it.
On their way home Winnie and Amanda play Orphans again and sing "Tomorrow" from the Annie Musical.
On the last day of school in June, Winnie, Amanda, and Chantelle get excited about graduating and about going ice skating. Winnie thinks about asking Toby Rinehart for the girls pick portion of ice skating. Winnie plans are cut short because her assistant principal wants Winnie to ask the gross Alex Plotkin. The assistant principal tells Winnie that she has a big heart and that her teachers always comment on her kindness. This favor ruins the rest of Winnie's day because she wants to be a good person. However, Winnie does ask Alex at the end.
In July, Winnie goes to Baskin Robbins where her sister, Sandra works. Winnie ordered French Vanilla, but wanted the cute Bo to scoop her ice cream instead of Sandra. Winnie later complements Bo on his ice cream scoop clowns that he was making. Winnie wants to stay to hang out with Bo and her sister but her mom comes and picks Winnie up which makes her sad.
During August, Amanda invites Winnie to Pawleys Island in South Carolina for three days. After Winnie arrives, they start their day at dawn after eating Cap'n Crunch and milk. Winnie still wears an old one piece and has a grey beach towel with Donald Duck on it.
Winnie wants to build a sand castle so she goes and plays with a little girl while Amanda works on her tan. Later on, Amanda and Winnie go into the water with inner tubes. Amanda sees cute boys and really wants to talk to them, where Winnie would rather stay away. Winnie thinks that things are weird between her and Amanda now. But they talk through the night and wake up to a cloudy day. They go into the water again and accidentally go too far out into a swarm of jellyfish. Winnie struggled to get out, and when she did, Amanda stayed with her.
Winnie was upset about her friends changing. She thought that Amanda and Chantelle were acting silly and giggly. While Winnie was doing cannonballs in the pool, her friends were worried about their tans. They also shaved their legs and made fun of Winnie's unshaved ones. Winnie would like it better if Gail left and she could be back together with Amanda.
Winnie wanted to stay the same and keep on wearing oversized shirts and having straight bangs. Gail was pressuring her to change. Winnie kept wishing Gail would leave, but still joined the club she was forming.
Winnie wanted to try something new and not look childish. She wanted to try curling her hair using her moms curling iron. She thought it would be funny if she showed up to school with her bangs only half done, and make fun of Gail. But she decided to finish curling the other side of her head. Ty ran into Winnie in the bathroom trying to get her to leave the house for school, causing Winnie to burn herself with the rod. Winnie's mom wouldn't let her stay home.
At school, Winnie didn't get to sit next to Amanda because there was no space. She had to sit next to Dinah instead and was sad. Winnie avoided Amanda for the rest of the day and was very bored without her. She didn't even feel like feeding the class snake to make her feel better.
At home, Winnie didn't want to pick up the phone but did anyway when Amanda called her. Winnie didn't like the name "Aqua Girls" that Gail picked out for their club. She called it dumb over the phone. But Winnie still wanted to make Amanda happy and agreed to the turquoise colored shirts that the club would have to wear the next day for picture day. Since Winnie didn't have a turquoise shirt, she would have to borrow one from her mom.
Winnie couldn't fall asleep because she kept thinking that Amanda would replace her with Gail. He forehead burn also hurt her so she had to put her head in an awkward position to make it feel better. When she woke up her neck really hurt from sleeping the way she did. She could barely move it. Winnie didn't want to cry and hoped the pain would go away by the time the pictures were taken. But it didn't, and Gail and Amanda thought that Winnie was trying to be funny and joking about her neck. Winnie was taken to the nurse because she couldn't move her neck right for the picture. Winnie had to go with her mom to her doctor, Dr. Harper, who prescribed her some muscle relaxers. The medication made her feel very fuzzy. Amanda came to visit Winnie at home, and Winnie called Gail a jerk. She wanted Amanda to agree with her, but wanted to cry when she didn't.
At Halloween, Winnie's mom was trying to convince Winnie to invite Dinah to the party they were throwing. Winnie would have rather had Amanda over, but Amanda was going trick or treating with Gail. Winnie didn't think hanging out with Dinah would be fun. Winnie went to go find the hat to her witch costume, and decided to check the attic. Her cat, Sweetie Pie, ran after Winnie into the attic and got trapped in the wall. Winnie's dad tried lowering her head first into the hole, but that didn't work. Winnie thought of an elevator like contraption using a basket, some tuna, and a jump rope to try to get her out, and it worked! At the party, Winnie decided to ask Dinah's dad if he could bring Dinah over.
Winnie was showing off her aquamarine stone ring to Amanda during Thanksgiving day at their school. Winnie thinks that aquamarines are great and would be the gem that mermaids wear.
Winnie was feeling a little left out of Amanda and Gail's friendship but was also hanging out more with Dinah. She and Dinah went to the mall to look at the kittens and Amanda didn't know about it.
On another day, Dinah's dad dropped Winnie and Dinah off at the mall again and each gave them a $10 bill. Winnie felt weird about taking the money. Winnie wanted to help Dinah with fashion, and she tried to help her look for jeans at the Gap. Winnie noticed that Dinah doesn't usually try on clothes and told her that the clothes are there to get messed up. From there, Winnie spent her money at the Candy Bin. She brought a bag of malted milk balls, white chocolate truffles, and spice drops. When she met up with Dinah, she was surprised that Dinah brought her a blue and gold friendship bracelet. She thought it was a little weird because people usually make friendship bracelets, but still appreciated the gift and gave Dinah her bag of candy in return.
School was being dismissed early because of a snowstorm in December. Winnie was with Amanda, Chantelle, and Gail when Dinah came over and started sucking on a strand of hair and asked to sit with them. Winnie got embarrassed but reminded herself that Dinah was her friend and told her that she didn't have to ask. Winnie invited Amanda over for hot chocolate but the weather was getting worse and teachers were planning for an overnight stay at the school. Dinah's dad came and offered to take Winnie with them but Winnie declined the offer. Winnie's mom called and said that Sandra's boyfriend Bo was coming to pick up Winnie and Amanda. Winnie was excited to eat Sandra's fudge with Amanda and to leave Gail behind. Although, Winnie felt a little sympathy for Gail since she was going to be alone.
During a game of Chinese jump rope during recess, Dinah proved to be very good at the game. Winnie had mixed feelings of jealousy and proudness. Winnie no longer knew her place in her class and her friendship with Amanda was complicated. Winnie wished that Dinah was a bit more like Amanda. Winnie wished that Dinah was more popular and likable. When Winnie saw Dinah at school the next day, she mentioned to Dinah that maybe they shouldn't spend so much time together anymore. But at recess, Winnie decided to spend time with Dinah alone at the swings rather than perform cheers with the rest of the girls.
In February, Winnie was gushing to Dinah about how a boy named Toby Rinehart was the cutest. She said he was cuter than Robert Bond and Bo. Last year for Valentine's day Winnie got 15 generic punch out cards of Snoopy or Donald Duck. This year she wanted a quality card from Hallmark. Winnie wanted Toby to couple up with her as so many of her friends were already together with someone. Winnie was trying to get his attention by giving him an easy spelling word, kinship, and sitting near him at lunch. She even mentioned that she didn't want her snickers bar anymore but Alex got it instead of Toby. Winnie was getting nervous about not being able to sit at the couple table, so she told Dinah to deliver a note she wrote to Toby afterschool. Toby responded maybe on the question on the note that said: "Do you like Winnie?" Winnie got excited with Dinah and was now expecting a call from Toby.
Later that night, she asked Sandra if she was going to marry Bo. Sandra replied no and guessed that Winnie had a crush on someone. She advised Winnie that she could ask Toby out herself. Winnie went to go ask her little brother Ty to call Toby and ask him if she wanted to "go" with him. Ty got nervous and kept hanging up the phone, Winnie made him redial. Finally, someone else answered and said that Toby's not interested in Winnie and to stop calling. Winnie felt horrible and went to Sandra for comfort who told Winnie embarrassing stories from when she was eleven.
The next day Winnie was cranky about everyone who was coupled up. Toby came in and told Winnie that he didn't tell his brother over the phone to tell her he didn't like her. He gave her an envelope and Winnie asked him if he wanted to go with her. Toby said yes and they sat together at the couples table at lunch. The card Toby gave her was a Simpsons punch-out card but Winnie was still pleased because it was a Lisa card and she knew there was only one of those in a Simpsons card pack.
During March, Winnie was making birthday plans with Dinah and noticed that last year she would've been making those plans with Amanda. When Amanda came over and asked about Winnie's birthday plans things got awkward when she realized only Dinah was invited to Winnie's birthday dinner.
During recess, the girls were playing truth or dare and Winnie was dared to climb up the swing set, which she did easily. Winnie also noticed when Dinah lied about kissing Alex Plotkin after Valentines day. Winnie diverted the attention away from Dinah and to Gail to avoid exposing Dinah's secret. Winnie told Gail that she wasn't the boss of everyone because she wore a bra. Everyone started laughing and the group broke up.
Later on, Winnie and Dinah made Bo and Sandra drive them to Toys R Us so they could buy Chinese jump ropes. Winnie spent the day with Dinah trying to teach Sandra and Bo how to play.
Eleven Fast Facts!
- Winnie liked pretending to have an accent with Amanda
- Winnie has a game where she and Amanda pretend to be orphans on the run
- When Winnie was in third grade with Amanda, they used to talk about how they would live together when they grew up, and how they would have a big house with wooden floors so they could rollerblade whenever they wanted.
- Winnie ate a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts at once.
- Winnie would rather drink Kool-Aid instead of Crystal Light
- Robert Bond was a boy who every girl had a crush on in the 6th grade.
- Winnies teeth are a little crooked.
- Winnie and Amanda pricked their fingers with a needle and pressed them together to mix their blood.
March begins on Winnie's birthday. Winnie believes that people should make an effort to look good on their birthdays especially because she is twelve which is almost thirteen, a teenager. Winnie was now only three years younger than Sandra instead of four until Sandra's birthday came. Winnie noticed that Sandra did secretly care about her appearance, and wanted to be just like her when she became fifteen too. Winnie wanted to look extra special and could finally tie her yellow ballerina skirt right around her waist. She liked feeling beautiful in the skirt, but she also liked the tough scabs on her knees. She was still a tomgirl; liking the hard calluses on her feet. When she put on her black tank top, she saw that she started developing breasts. Her mom mentioned that she'll need to start wearing a bra, but Winnie hated this idea. She said that bras were for go-go girls and girls like Gail Grayson. Winnie didn't want boobs now, but she did want them in the future. To hide her boobs Winnie wore a white button-down over a white T-shirt and tied the ends of the button down at her waist.
Winnie and her family arrived at Benihana's where she started to tease Dinah by saying they were going to be eating Poo Poo Platter and fish heads. She even teased Dinah for being scared of the shrimp the chef was making. Winnie had a bad thought that Dinah wasn't her equal in the friendship like with Amanda, but realized that this was wrong and that their dynamic was just different.
At home, Winnie and Dinah were in a very silly mood and kept laughing loudly, disturbing Sandra. Winnie then went to Sandra's room and stole her mud mask. While Dinah was distracted, Winnie dangled a shrimp from the restaurant in Dinah's face, causing her to scream.
Next month in April, Winnie was begging her mom to get her ears pierced. While at the mall, Winnie didn't want Sandra to know about getting a bra. She also went shopping for her first pair of earrings and selected a pair of tiny gold flowers with pale blue stones in the middle from Claire's. After getting her ears pierced, Winnie felt fabulous. She loved them.
On another day, Winnie went biking to Memorial park. She took off her helmet because that's the way she prefers it and liked the way her muscles burned while biking. Winnie accidentally rode over a squirrel but it turned out to be alright. Dinah told Winnie to interpret it as a sign, and Winnie started to look for them. At home, Winnie took a mistake on Sandra's driver's license as a sign that this was a bad thing so that only good things would happen to her while she's driving. Winnie convinced Sandra not to fix the mistake on her id.
In May, Winnie's mom embarrasses her at dinner by announcing that they need to go bra shopping. Winnie was angry that her mom said that in front of her dad, Sandra, and Ty. Winnie excused herself from dinner and went to watch an episode of 7th Heaven. Then she went to talk to Ty to try to tell him to be nice to people even if they are different.
Winnie didn't really like going to the mall except with her friends and to the Chick-fil-A, the pet store, and the fountain. Winnie really didn't like shopping. Winnie even felt like crying when her mom had a salesclerk help look for bras. She wanted to explain to her mom that she didn't want to be like Gail and that she wanted to be a tomboy and not a woman yet. But at the end of the day, she got three bras from Target in black, white, and tan. She also brought a Sno-Kone machine with different flavored syrups like strawberry-kiwi.
In June, it was time to prepare for graduation. Winnie was remembered for helping a boy who got hurt on the playground, being the fastest at climbing to the top of the swing set, and for being a best friend to Dinah. During recess, Winnie tried to make the girls laugh because everyone was sad about graduating. Winnie noticed that she was trying to seek Amanda's attention more and more. Amanda met up with Winnie and invited her to her house to get information for summer camp. Winnie didn't want to bring Dinah but she didn't want to admit that. At Amanda's house, Winnie could see herself fitting into the camp, doing things like riding horses or building fires. When Amanda told Winnie that Gail was really great at riding horses, it made Winnie's fantasy seem dumb to her.
For graduation, Winnie wore a white dress, her blue flower earrings, and matching white sandals with tiny blue dragonflies. She reminisced when she saw a baby picture of herself wearing a trench coat and safety goggles. She was very excited to become a seventh grader.
In July, Winnie and Amanda were at Camp Winding Gap and shared a bunk bed. Winnie wanted to be on the top bunk and thought it was cool their age group was called Humming Birds. Winnie liked making the other girls laugh by punching her pillow too hard and saying funny answers to questions but she noticed that Amanda wasn't as amused. Later on, Winnie felt like she was going to be stuck in the role as the funny person, which only started out of her feelings of nervousness and hyperness. A week later, a horse stepped on Winnie's foot and wouldn't get off. Amanda had to take Winnie back to the cabin and she gave her Mike and Ike's Hot Tamale candies. Amanda said that Winnie was probably going to be voted Miss Hummingbird and that she was different here at camp. Amanda's prediction came true and Winnie won Miss Hummingbird. For lunch that day, Winnie decided to have a Camp Winding Gap special. It's peanut butter on a piece of bread, sprinkled with some sugar and a squeeze of lemon. Winnie exclaimed to the table that they should all go skinny dipping because it was the last full day at camp. They all followed Winnie to the lake when they followed her lead as everyone stripped down. Winnie felt a happy sort of sadness as she had to say goodbye to everyone and leave camp, but she also realized that she got Amanda back.
The following month, Winnie and Amanda were hanging out more. Winnie liked that she wasn't always the leader in the friendship, unlike with Dinah. Amanda had ideas of her own, where Dinah was more of a follower and made Winnie feel brilliant. Amanda led Winnie to an abandoned trampoline behind Gail's condo. Gail was still at camp, and Winnie loved the idea of a secret, hidden trampoline. Winnie also liked that Amanda could do cool tricks, and thought that Dinah wouldn't be able to do them. Winnie's mom warned Winnie that Amanda could hurt Winnie again and that Dinah wouldn't always be there when Winnie came back. Winnie ignored this and just wanted to hang out with Amanda again. Winnie wanted reassurance from Amanda that they would be together in middle school because she was getting nervous about leaving elementary school. But Amanda said that she needs Gail to come back and that Winnie was just a replacement until that happened.
Winnie got upset by this statement and was thinking about how she might like Amanda better than Dinah and that middle school would be harder with Dinah. Winnie started to leave Amanda, but got stuck in a swarm of yellow jackets. At home, Winnie was recovering from the 32 stings and had Dinah by her side. She realized that she wasn't Amanda's number one and that she almost picked Amanda over Dinah again.
When 7th grade starts in September, Winnie got too nervous to go. She told Sandra who was driving her to school, that she couldn't handle it. Sandra pushed her out of the car, and Winnie went to homeroom.
Winnie sat next to a girl named Malena who became friends with Gail in homeroom. Winnie didn't like her homeroom teacher, Mrs. Potter, because she was mean to another girl for not having a pencil, and texting on her phone. Winnie's history textbook had really small text and made Winnie feel like a grown-up, but she accidentally dropped it in her history class. Winnie's day kept on being bad when she stepped on a boys backpack and pronounced plethora wrong in English. She wanted her mom to make her feel better on the drive home, but her mom told her to change her attitude instead.
Twelve Fast Facts!
- Winnie would say "mercy buckets" as a fancy French way for saying "thanks."
- Winnie's history teacher was named Mr. Fackler.
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