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WILL CEDAR GROVES JUNIOR HIGH SURVIVE A CLASS CRUSH? Eighth-graders Nora Ryan, Jennifer Mann, and their girl friends are acting strangely, and the eighth-grade boys aren't sure why. The girls are doing a lot of whispering, and they're walking around all dreamy-eyed. But Steve Crowley and the other boys do finally figure out what's going on. The eighth-grade girls are madly in love--all with the same guy--their English teacher. Can the boys get Nora, Jen, and their friends to pay attention to them again? Or will Cedar Groves Junior High never recover from the incredible class crush?
WHAT'S THE POINT OF BEING AN EIGHTH-GRADER, IF YOU CAN'T MAKE SOME CHANGES? When Nora Ryan makes a list of complaints about school, she and her best friend Jennifer Mann discover they are not the only dissatisfied eighth- graders. The Gripe Revolution they set off does get results. For ONE day the principal puts the eighth grade in charge of Cedar Groves Junior High School. It's wonderful! What could possibly go wrong? Nora and Jennifer find out, long before the end of the unforgettable day that the eighth grade ran the school....
THIS IS THE WORST IDEA THEY EVER HAD. When Jason Anthony performs a daring karate move at school, gullible Jennifer and determined Nora see a chance to turn him from class nerd to class hero. Without telling him, they enter him in a karate competition. Stunned by the news, Jason confesses he's a karate klutz. But the two girls won't give up. There's only one problem. Jason is hopeless. Can anything save them?
HER SECRET CRUSH ISN'T A SECRET ANYMORE. Nora Ryan is puzzled by the strange, secretive behavior of her best friend, Jennifer Mann. Then she sees Jennifer with Tony Hendrix, the 16-year-old brother of their classmate, Denise. The two girls know that Tony thinks of Jennifer as a friend. But it isn't hard to figure out that Jennifer thinks of him as something more. With the help of the eighth grade, Nora and Denise concoct a wild plan to distract Jennifer before her heart is broken. But will the project. Make Class Nerd Jason Anthony Over, really work? No one expects the results they get!
CAN NORA REALLY FIX ANYTHING? From the class dunce in shop, Nora has become the class star. Now that she understands mechanics, she can fix anything, except the attitude of her handsome shop partner, Brad. Did he really only like her when she couldn't tell a nut from a bolt? Spacey Tracy advises Nora to be dumb again to regain Brad's interest. Nora's best friend, Jen, is disgusted by the advice, but Nora is not so sure. Then on a class trip, an emergency puts Nora to the test: Is it really smarter to play dumb?
FRIENDS, FEUDS, . BOYS, BOOKS. EIGHTH GRADE. Best friends Nora Ryan and Jennifer Mann have finally reached eighth grade, and their first day is crazy. Class nerd Jason Anthony is up to his usual gross tricks. Nasty Susan Hillard has an insult for everybody, and Tracy is acting dumb, as always. While Nora gets caught up in all the excitement, Jen wonders if things will ever be normal again. But eighth grade only gets more complicated. When Denise Hendrix, a sophisticated new student, suggests the girls invite boys to the Halloween Dance, Jen and Nora begin to worry. Dealing with eighth grade is hard enough. Can they deal with boys, too?
When Cedar Groves Junior High becomes a finalist in the model school contest, Jen and Nora decide to improve a few things before the judges visit. The two girls also make a list of people they'd like to improve. Unluckily, the list falls into the hands of their classmates. Mia is outraged at being rated too punk. Jason is disgusted to discover that he should do without his beloved skateboard, and Tracy is puzzled to read she should act smarter. Soon the eighth grade has its own plans for the judges' visit... plans that are not at all what Nora and Jen had in mind!
NOT EVERYONE CAN BE A STAR. Ever since the eighth grade has been invited to join the high school production of Grease, all the world's a stage--and everyone is acting crazy! Tracy and Denise are going for the same part. Nora and Jen, best friends forever, are suddenly against each other. Nora is coaching Tracy. Jen is helping Denise. Jen is getting starstruck herself. The stage, she declares, is meant to be her life. As opening night approaches, everyone gets more and more distracted. Will the play go on?
SMILE. PLEASE? Boy-crazy Tracy isn't crazy about the way the eighth-grade boys start following her around when her photograph mysteriously appears all over school. Worse, one photo shows her with the boy Nora likes. Tracy's new fame even attracts the attention of Jen's friend Tony, and Mia thinks Andy is a little too interested in Tracy as well! Tracy is famous but friendless, until weird photos of her classmates start appearing, too. Who is taking those crazy class pictures? And why?
IT'S TOO WEIRD FOR WORDS. Beautiful French exchange student Monique Gorgee has the eighth grade in an uproar. Everyone is crazy about her. But Jen is jealous because she thinks Monique is replacing her as Nora's best friend. Most of the girls copy everything Monique wears. They even believe bell-bottoms are back! And most of the boys just like to hang around her. Monique's style is definitely cool, but her taste in boys is not so hot. She's fallen for, "How do you say? A hunk!" Only he's the last person on earth a girl could like. What is going on at Cedar Groves Junior High?
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