Cricket has always been the teacher's pet, and that's the way she likes it. But fourth grade isn't turning out the way she planned. Mrs. Schraalenburgh isn't impressed by any of Cricket's sure-fire, teacher-pleasing tricks, and now it seems that new girl Zoe is smarter than she is, too! Unsure of herself for the first time ever, Cricket can't seem to go a day without doing something embarrassing, or making plans that backfire. She gets the hiccups during story time, accidentally swallows her ring, is wrongly accused of reading a teacher's note, and loses the spelling bee to Zoe. But Zoe keeps being nice to her, and Cricket soon finds that being a good friend is even more rewarding than being the teacher's pet.
With her keen understanding of the ups and downs of childhood, award-winning author Johanna Hurwitz makes this gently turbulent school story ring true. Readers will want to look for her other best-selling books about the kids in Cricket's class, including Class Clown, Class President, and School Spirit.