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Children's LiteratureJamie Kelly leads the typical, difficult life of a girl in middle school: she gets in fights with her dinosaur-aged mom over fashion; she gets stuck with a series of crummy lab partners when her science teacher uses assigned seating rearrangement as a disciplinary tactic; her dog keeps chewing holes in her favorite (and, more importantly, fashionably acceptable) jeans; and her crush only seems to have eyes for the most beautiful girl in school. But everything changes when Jamie gets a new pair of jeans and her friend Isabelle hatches a master plan to help them rise up the popularity ladder at school. Suddenly, things go from bad to worse! A late-night horror movie reveals the clear cause of all of Jamie's problems—her jeans are haunted! Young readers will enjoy this socially perceptive and entertaining look into Jamie Kelly's middle-school world; presented in diary format, the book presents humorous cartoon drawings on every page, as well as a toy-like features, such as a cut-out cover and a color postcard featuring one of the book's joking illustrations. This second book in the "Tales from Mackerel Middle School" series is sure to provide many laughs at late-night slumber parties, but it provides little in the way of meaningful substance; although Jamie agonizes over her own popularity status at school, she displays a lack of reflectivity and empathy for her peers, offering little in the way of growth for readers. 2004, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 to 12.