(ANNA #1)

School Notebook

A sixth grade girl deals with puberty, her first crush, and getting used to her mother’s new boyfriend while still grieving her missing father.


Sixth-grader Anna Braswell wants four things. She wants her mother to stop embarrassing her for one. She wants Patrick Petrelli to notice her. She wants her nemesis Timothy McNeil to leave her alone. But what she wants most of all is something she cannot have...her father back.

It’s been almost two years since Anna’s pilot father went missing. Everyone else has accepted his death, but the fact that his body was never found prevents Anna from giving up hope that he’s still alive. To make matters worse, her mother has a new boyfriend, Joshua. Not only has her mother completely given up on her father coming back, but now she’s in love with someone else. 


Her therapist says she needs closure, but Anna’s not sure what that is. What Anna feels she really needs is for her father to come back home and for Joshua to be gone. She’s getting tired of him coming over for dinner all the time and always horning in on their family time. But Joshua isn’t going anywhere, and he knows a thing or two about losing someone he loves. Maybe, Anna realizes, he’s not such a bad guy after all.