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Confessions from the Principal's Chair

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by Anna Myers

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In Denver, Robin (a.ka. Bird) is in with the cool clique. They wear the same clothes, talk the same way, and pick on the same girls. But when her Mom hears about a cruel prank against a less popular girl, she isn't going to tolerate the Queen Bee behavior. Within 24 hours, she pulls up stakes and moves them both to Prairie Dog, Oklahoma. Bird is positively furious,


In Denver, Robin (a.ka. Bird) is in with the cool clique. They wear the same clothes, talk the same way, and pick on the same girls. But when her Mom hears about a cruel prank against a less popular girl, she isn't going to tolerate the Queen Bee behavior. Within 24 hours, she pulls up stakes and moves them both to Prairie Dog, Oklahoma. Bird is positively furious, and she's going get revenge on her hippy artist mother. In fact, revenge is the only thing keeping her going in the remote town. How she's going to get it, though, she's not sure yet.
When she goes to register at the local middle school, she's mistaken for the interim school principal. Who is Bird to correct the mistake when a prank like this will really get payback on her mom? Though she won't be able to pull this off forever, Bird's determined to make her mark on the middle school before she's found out. But life in the principal's chair is going to give her quite an unexpected change in perspective.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Chicken fever: one chicken picks on another and draws blood; all the rest of the chickens gang up and pick on the hurt one. In a similar situation, at her previous school Robin was a member of the "six-pack," a clique that mercilessly picked on another student. Her mother, convinced the influence of the other girls was not healthy, pulled her from the school and moved to a small town in another state. Walking into her new school, Robin is mistaken for the temporary principal. In her new role she must deal with another picked-on student and the group of girls that instigate it. Trying to act like an adult, her thinking is still that of an eighth grader. For help she calls the Psychic Emergency Line, which actually does give her some good advice. Being 13-years-old Robin sides with the students, letting them have a water balloon fight, agreeing the cafeteria food is horrible, and allowing tank tops and shorts. She also helps the picked-on girl gain confidence and she convinces other students to side with her and not let the clique get the upper hand. The characters are caring, the story funny, and the bullying situation all too common. This is a great book for middle school students.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This version of every kid's fantasy can be fun although it's sitcom thin and unbelievable, and its approach to bullying is unrealistic. After Robin and her group of eighth-grade friends, known as the Six Pack, are caught mistreating a classmate, Robin's mother moves them from Denver to Prairie Dog Town, OK. Dressed in a tailored suit chosen to bother her free-spirited mother, Robin goes to enroll in her new middle school and is mistaken for the substitute principal who (surprise!) has the same name. During her two days in office, she encounters a girl who is constantly tormented by a clique, gains insight into the victim's perspective, and works to empower her and address harassing behavior. She also watches soaps with the easygoing Coach Pickle, dials a psychic hotline for advice, and falls for a good-looking boy. By the time the real principal arrives, Robin has shared her story with the Opal television show and convinced them to come to town to do a special on bullying. Readers might enjoy this over-the-top book, but it's strictly additional when compared to James Howe's The Misfits (S & S, 2001), Doug Wilhelm's The Revealers (Farrar, 2003), and Judy Blume's Blubber (Random, 1976), all of which have fully developed characters, plausible plots, and lots more heart.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a distinct change of pace, Myers turns in a screwball comedy. In full adolescent-rebellion mode after her mom, Rendi, determinedly yanks her away from her classmate-harassing, dress-alike, eighth-grade clique and sets off in search of a fresh start, Robin dishes out the Silent Treatment, writes kidnap notes and makes a cold suggestion-which Rendi unexpectedly takes up-to settle down in Prairie Dog Town, Okla. There, she refuses to wear anything but business attire to her new school. When she is mistaken for the new temporary principal, Robin suddenly finds herself on the other side of the desk, saddled with a local clique and their harassment victim. With some help from a Psychic Hotline, Robin gets herself, the students and even Rendi straightened out during a reign that lasts but two days. Then she sells the whole episode as an anti-bullying human interest story to the national Opal Gentry TV show. Though some twists, such as Robin's pursuit of hunky student Kash Edge while still supposedly in charge, aren't all that funny, her chatty narrative and sometimes-misplaced self-confidence keep the tone light. (Fiction. 11-13)

Product Details

Walker & Company
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First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

I was about to get stuck in some brand-new school. I rolled myself into a fetal position (I read that in a book), you know, like a baby in the womb. I remembered what it had been like when I started middle school, me not knowing anyone from before and walking down those halls all alone. In elementary school, the halls had been friendly, even in new schools, but I can tell you middle schools do not have friendly halls. In elementary, the halls are all decorated with frogs and rabbits and pictures of presidents and stuff. Not in middle school. Those halls are like prison halls, except I guess they don't have lockers in prisons. Anyway, I've never seen any lockers in prison movies, but I can tell you that the eyes that watch you in middle school halls are just as unfriendly as the eyes of all those murderers, rapists, and thieves. Those eyes (you know, at middle school) are as cold as the steel the lockers are made from. Wait a minute, I'm not sure that the lockers are made of steel. Maybe they are tin, but then, I guess you get the point about how cold the eyes were when I started middle school.

Meet the Author

When Anna Myers was finishing the first grade she announced to her family that instead of graduating to second grade, she would spend the next year teaching the little first graders. Though she didn't begin her teaching career at 7, she did at 22, and taught teenagers her entire life. Anna is the author of more than one dozen books for Walker & Company, including Tulsa Burning, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Flying Blind, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and Assassin, an Oklahoma Book Award winner. This is her first foray into contemporary humor. Anna lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband John. Visit her Web site at

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Confessions from the Principal's Chair 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Who knew that pulling a prank could lead you to sit in the principal's chair? That's right, the chair that faces the good and mostly bad students. For Robin, or Bird, as everyone else calls her, it may have been the best thing that could have happened to her.

It all began when Bird's mother had decided that it was time for them to move again, so Bird could live a different life. This decision only happened because Bird and her friends pulled a prank on an unpopular girl.

Before she knows it, Bird and her mom are off, driving to Prairie Dog, Oklahoma. For her mom, this means a fresh start for both of them. For Bird, it means a new school with no friends in a small, unknown town. Who knew her once lenient mother could ruin her life.

Everything changed when Bird walked into the office. Oddly enough, the secretary thought Bird was the temporary principal. Well, only because Bird shares the same name with the real temporary principal who was supposed to come in on Wednesday, not Monday, and Bird was dressed in a work suit, but only to make her mother mad. So now Bird is the new principal, but only for two days, which isn't all bad since they do have the most power. So Bird decides to make the best of the two days and she begins to make big changes. She even helps out an unpopular girl, who weirdly reminds her of the girl she pulled the prank on. Turns out this moving thing may not be so bad for Bird, after all. But what happens when her cover gets blown?

CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S CHAIR is a wickedly funny, extremely unusual, coming-of-age story. Although a little unrealistic, Anna Myers takes on a unique plot and makes it her own. Before you know it, Bird learns a very valuable lesson that she herself, and even the readers, needed to know. This is the perfect laugh-out-loud read that will keep your attention until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun, and I was always anxious about what would come next. Anna Myers is a very good author with a good imangination if she can write books like this! What a great idea. 
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This is my favorite book ever! I highly recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think this book inspired me it's about this girl called robin but everyone calls her bird snd she has to move to oklahoma but when she enrolls in mrs.simpson confuses her for the subsitute principal since thier both named Robin Miller. YOU'll get suprised at what happens at the end this is really my favorite book and it will be your favorite book too when you're done reading. Have fun reading this book!