The New Student

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The New Student 1 “Wow, you look different with short hair!” 2 Sari twirled around. Her hair, now chin-length, twirled around with her. Sari had never cut her hair. In fact, until Saturday, she had been able to sit on it. 3 “Why did you do it?” said Gayle. “You don’t even look like yourself.” Gayle was staring at her best friend as if she were examining a creature from outer space. 4 “Who do I look like then?” asked Sari, looking uneasy. 5 “I don’t know. Somebody else.” Gayle circled around her slowly. “Sorry, but this is kind of weird.” Then Gayle took off her own glasses and put them on Sari. She stood back to consider the effect. 6 “That’s better. Now you look like a whole new person—not sort of Sari. I’ve got it! You could say you’re someone else. Make up a name.” Then the bell rang and the girls moved quickly to their seats in Ms. Blackwell’s class. 7 “I see we have a new student,” said Ms. Blackwell, peering over her bifocals. © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt!™ Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only. 8 “Jane,” said Sari, speaking in a deep, low voice. “I am Jane.” 9 Everyone, in unison, turned to look. 10 “They’re buying it,” Sari muttered sideways to Gayle. Gayle covered her mouth, trying not to laugh. 11 “Well, well, well. Hello, Jane,” said Ms. Blackwell. “I wasn’t expecting any new students. Would you tell us a little about yourself? And do you have a last name, Jane?” 12 “Yes! Yes, I do,” Sari said. But she hadn’t thought about what her last name would be. So she went on. “I’m, like, totally California! I mean, I am California,” she said. “Totally,” she added. 13 “Ah,” said Ms. Blackwell. “You mean that you’ve never lived anywhere but California?” 14 “Totally,” said Sari. She heard undercurrents of laughter from the class. Everyone was staring at her now. 15 “Right. Totally,” said Ms. Blackwell. “I’m from California, too! Where are you from?” 16 Sari didn’t know California at all, and at that moment, she couldn’t think of a single city in California. Not even the capital. © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt!™ Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only. 17 “Pretty much everywhere!” Sari said. “All over!” she nodded. 18 “Totally,” Ms. Blackwell repeated. “Lots of travel. Did the principal give you your new student forms?” 19 “Not yet,” Sari said. 20 “Hmmm,” Ms. Blackwell said calmly. “Well, I’m going to need them. And Jane, the principal is going to need your last name. Maybe you can work on that?” 21 “Right,” Sari said. “Totally. Totally right.” 22 Ms. Blackwell looked directly at Sari, then shifted her glance. “Gayle, why don’t you show Jane where the principal’s office is?” © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt!™ Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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