In this middle grade MOXIE, best friends Helen and Gracie prank their way through 8th grade until a stinky stunt lands them in the VP's office—again. As punishment, they're forced to join the Community Action Club. When an early period catches Helen unprepared, the girls team up with their nemesis to lobby for maxipads in every bathroom, but they can’t conform to her Type-A ways and the school board isn’t listening anyway. Now they must use their disruptive voices (crocheted uteruses, anyone?) to shake up the system before the VP and their parents separate them for good.
I love gym. Where else in life can you drive jocks absolutely bonkers without breaking a sweat? The sweat thing is key. I still had another class after gym, final bell, and the bus ride home to get through. I meant to do it pristinely. We didn’t have it as bad as first period gym—I assume those kids have wronged our vice principal severely over multiple past lives to get that kind of schedule—but still. Gross. And there was a negative chance of me taking a shower at school. Those stalls were built just in case the building is ever used as a horror movie set.
April showers poured down outside so the game du jour was volleyball. Coach Kline must have thought he had finally found a way to get me “involved” when he made me a captain, but I immediately called my team ‘This Side of the Net Doesn’t Sweat.'” Most of the girls, and even a couple of boys, joined me. I kept checking the door for my best friend Gracie, but she was nowhere to be seen. On the other side of the net lined up our arch-nemesis Madison, the jocks, and some triers. Not exactly lions versus zebras.