Deep Down Popular
Author: Phoebe Stone
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Guided Reading Level:
Friends and Friendship, Feelings and Emotions, Romantic Relationships, Middle School
Sixth-grader Jessie Lou is deeply, madly, passionately in love with Conrad Parker Smith. Too bad she´s a tomboy with only one on-again, off-again friend, and hair so short you can´t spit on it. Too bad he´s the most popular boy in their small-town school.
But then Conrad hurts his leg and suddenly can´t keep up with his old pursuits anymore. Jessie Lou and Conrad start spending a lot more time together, but she can´t help wonder — is she just a substitute friend? And will Conrad forget her when his leg brace comes off and he´s king of the school once again?