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. Volume XVII Number 6. . . .October 8, 2010
Roberta James is the new kid at school. When she walks into the classroom wearing her hair straight up in a ponytail, a group of similarly coiffed girls pronounce, "You are one of us," and invite her to sit with them. Roberta likes to play at recess, much to the chagrin of her new friends who like to talk. The Monkey Bar Gang then affirm, "You are one of us … Sit with us at lunch." This new friendship soon turns sour when Roberta arrives in the cafeteria carrying a flower lunchbox. She is disdainfully told, "Kids with flowers on their lunchboxes sit over there." When she starts to eat her "mayonnaise and coconut pita roll-up with raisins stuffed into the ends," her new circle of friends balk: "Kids who eat that kind of stuff sit over there." One glance at the "cowboy-boot wearing pita roll-up" table and Roberta knows she won't fit in there either. She resolutely sits by herself and ends up making real friends: a "trumpet-playing girl who likes baseball and car racing and ballet" and a boy who loves "building things and spicy food and origami and bowling."
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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