The New Kid

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The New Kid By Guy West I had an empty desk by me, so I got stuck sitting next to the new kid. His name was Scott. Scott’s desk was always neat. His clothes were always spick and span. His shoes were never scuffed. Scott always acted all slick. He boasted a lot. He made these speeches as if he were on stage. One day, I was eating a snack with some pals. Scott came by. He stuck out his chest. He smacked his lips. “Not another speech,” I muttered. “Big spelling test coming up!” Scott said at last. “But with skills like mine, I’m not worried. I can spell in my sleep.” And he gave me a big, slick smile. “Get lost,” I said. That night I spoke with my dad about Scott. “He is a sneak,” I said. “With his fake smiles and his long speeches ... He acts all sweet, but I can smell a rat.” “Cut him some slack,” said my dad. “He is new. I bet he is doing his best.” The next day we spotted Scott with a new pair of skates. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only. “Like my skates?” Scott boasted. “I just got them.” “It’s not nice to boast,” I said. Scott sniffed. He got up and skated off. In class, Scott snuck up on us again. “Guess what?” he boasted. “I got a swimming pool! It is so nice...” I snapped. I had had it with Scott’s stuck-up speeches. “Stop it!” I yelled. “Just stop! Why do you need to be so stuck up?” Scott’s smile slid off his face. “I was just going to ask...” he sniffed, “if you wanted to go for a swim some time.” Turns out, Scott was not a snake. He was not a sneak or a spy. In fact, he was a lot like the rest of us. He just wanted a pal. That day, I decided Scott wasn’t so bad. And we have been friends ever since. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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