Character Interviews: (NOT) Welcoming the New Kid

September 11th, 2010 by

The books for our current theme are all about new kids — some of whom don’t exactly get the warmest welcome. Sure, you could luck out like Emily Ebers (in the books by Lisa Yee) and make friends with someone really cool like Millicent Min. Okay, Millicent isn’t exactly “cool,” but she’s really nice.

On the other hand, some of the locals aren’t so nice to the new kids in our books for this theme. And I caught up with some of them to get the inside scoop for Kidsmomo:

“Well, once there was this girl who was just… just… WEIRD. Her clothes didn’t match. I mean, I guess some people would think she’s original and cool, but I thought it was weird. She dressed like it was Halloween every day. It must be a family thing, because her little brother dressed like it was Halloween all the time, too. Maybe they’re just really into Halloween.”


“Word of advice: When you meet the new girl, don’t pull her pigtails and call her ‘Carrots,’ no matter how much you want her to pay attention to you because she’s really cute. Because she’ll hold a grudge for a really, really long time. It might be years before she agrees to be your friend.”

Gilbert Blythe

“I hate when people get in my face. Especially losers. So when a new kid — a big-time loser — gets to camp, I show him who’s boss. I usually grab his scrawny neck and drag him into the bathroom. Then I give a good dunking in the toilet.”

Clarisse La Rue

When asked about the incident with a certain son of Poseidon, Miss La Rue rudely stated the interview was over, tore off her microphone, and hit me in the face with it.

Okay, I didn’t actually interview these characters, obviously. Because they’re fictional. Which is just as well, because I’m pretty sure Clarisse would beat me up. 🙁

— Nancy

After re-imagining an encounter with Clarisse, Nancy decided that she could get a decent punch in. She’s pretty feisty.

More about Nancy »

2 Responses

  • Hahaha me writes:
    September 11th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Nice “interviews”! Unfortunately, in some books, like Belle Teal, the interview would probably be something not so funny. If the story were Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat it would be something like this:
    “The new girl? What new girl? There’s NO new girl.” – Everyone
    Or in On the Banks of Plum Creek?
    “She was from the COUNTRY. Her pa was a FARMER.” – Nellie Olsen
    And from my personal experience:
    “Wow. There’s a girl standing in the middle of the playground alone, see her?” – Unknown

    • Tess writes:
      September 13th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      I love the idea of books that focus on characters not generally welcomed at first. Two of my favorites, both of which are verse are: Home of the Brave and All the Broken Pieces. Ironically, both main characters are new to our country.
      Great idea to start the year out.

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