Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Missing Notebook

By Sophie Parker, age 13, Dallas, Texas


My alarm, playing a Taylor Swift song, screamed in my ear. It was 7:20am, and I had to leave for school in 20 minutes. I’ll just close my eyes for five minutes, I thought. It’ll all be good. My heavy eyelids drooped back to sleep, and before I knew it, my mom was up in my room yelling, “Sophie! Your ride gets here in five minutes! Wake up!”

I jumped up startled and shoved my notebooks in my black Jansport bag. My feet dashed into the closet, and I dressed myself in the first thing I saw, giving me the appearance of an old homeless man. Springing through the doorway to shove cereal down my throat, I did not think I was missing anything.

On the ride to school, my driver (my brother’s friend’s mom) didn’t say much to me. The boys, all fitting into a quite compact Honda with me, were screeching like monkeys about “Battlestar Galactica” and “Star Wars”. I reached into my backpack to find earplugs to throw into my throbbing earholes and noticed something was missing. My composition notebook and binder, containing my homework for Language Arts and Math, had disappeared.

Oh no, I thought. This is not going to be a very good day.

After facing the absence of the most important school supplies I owned, I politely asked my brother’s friend’s mom if we could quickly turn around and get my school books. She said “No.” I then unzipped my Jansport and grabbed my black iPhone and dialed up my dad.

“Dad!” I yelled. “I left half my school supplies at home, do you mind bringing them to the office?”

“No,” he answered, “You’re responsible for your own things.”

Oh great, I thought, fantastic.

I wanted to cry. I could not get lunch bunch again. So far, I’ve managed to have only three assigned to me. Another lunch bunch would mean getting a tutor to teach me how not to skip homework. I asked my friend Shelby for the questions and answered them on a sheet of paper before class started. Luckily, they were all counted. That was a close one. Always make sure to do your homework.