Seventh-grade journalist Indigo vlogs hard-hitting stories about her school while running for student council president. Emulating her journalist idol Ida B. Wells, she exposes the school’s racist discipline practice, but her report turns many classmates against her—including her former BFFs. Now she must choose—rock the boat or rock the vote.
A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE x THE PARKER INHERITANCE
For her first-ever act of vandalism, Indigo chose a deep blue paint, studded with glitter, like stars flung across the galaxy—the color of breaking rules and revealing truths. For sure, two offenses in one week would land her on a list somewhere labeled “Troublemaker.” She smiled as she assessed the blank stretch of concrete in front of her.
Indigo had decided on the cafeteria side of the school for her project: treeless, shadeless, endless end-of-summer brown grass stretching to the far border of the Loon Lake Middle School grounds. She glanced at her phone, yet another act of disobedience. Five minutes left before every seventh grader at lunch—including Abbie, Manning, and the Tictacs—would be able to see her through the huge window when they came in to eat. Her stomach snarled, a reminder that she’d skipped breakfast.
She ignored the sun scalding the back of her neck and paced the length of bright sidewalk. She had enough time to write the first few words of the song—not much, but a few were enough. The first time she’d tried to get busted, by using her cell phone during school hours, her mother had managed to smooth things over.
Since desperate times called for desperate measures, here she was, taking things to the next level. Pulse thrumming, she shook the can, rattling the mixing ball inside the metal canister.