By Laura Ruby

"If i actually desired to open up, i might confess that i actually am the liar all people believes I am." High-school junior Tola Riley has eco-friendly hair, a nostril ring, an perspective challenge, and a passion for fairy stories, that are a good break out from actual lifestyles. each person thinks she's loopy; everybody says so. everybody other than Mr. Mymer, her artwork instructor. He will get her work and we could her hand around in the artwork room in the course of lonely lunch classes. yet then rumors commence flying and Tola is unexpectedly the guts of a scandal. the full city is judging her—even her family members. while Mr. Mymer is suspended for what everybody thinks is an affair, she has no selection yet to damage her silence. Fairy stories will not support her this time . . . so how can she inform the reality? And, extra importantly, will someone think her?

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Or drawing Mr. Anderson with a tail. Ms. Rothschild thought her portrait was hilarious; Mr. Anderson, not so much. Actually, that last drawing got me a trip to the principal’s office. ” The principal: “You’re a smart girl, so I’m going to be blunt. ” But maybe he was right, because nobody’s happy now. Before Mr. Mymer, these are the kinds of things that people said about me: In third grade, Tola Riley ate nine funnel cakes at the school carnival and then puked them up on the Tilt-A-Whirl. In fourth grade, Tola Riley stole Chelsea Patrick’s American Girl doll—one of those creepy twin dolls—and tried to flush it down the toilet, flooding the school bathroom and causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

According to a witness, the teacher and student were observed lunching together at a New York City café. Sources within the school administration say that the witness, a fellow student of the alleged victim, described inappropriate personal contact. She also described an exchange of gifts, including a book. Other witnesses interviewed suggest that this is a pattern of behavior. “I would like to say I’m shocked,” said a coworker of Al Mymer, who wished not to be identified. ” Police and school officials are continuing their investigation.

This was not the reaction I’d been going for. “So you don’t think artists should build houses. ” “Oh no, no! I think it’s fine to build houses. ’” I frowned so hard my eyebrows ached. ” “I don’t know who said it. Rembrandt? Picasso? I can never remember. But it’s true. The more you build these little houses, the more you’ll realize how much you don’t know about little houses. ” “I love little houses,” I said, taking my own little house and shoving it back in the bag. I wanted to smash it to the ground.

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