Just Grace: Star on Stage

Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes: Excerpt

THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING IN MISS LOIS’S CLASS

Everyone in our whole class has been waiting for the day when Miss Lois says, “Today we are going to start working on the spring fair.” And that is because every year Miss Lois’s class does a special spring fair project.

It’s the best thing you get to do in her class, and the only reason why when other people find out you have Miss Lois as a teacher they say, “You’re so lucky.”

THE SIX THINGS I KNOW ABOUT THE SPRING FAIR
1. It’s exciting, fun, and there are games and prizes and even giant blow-up rides.
2. Everyone comes—even people who are not in our school.
3. Our class gets to pick a theme for our part of the fair.
4. Our class gets to make up games and work at the fair.
5. Everyone helps at the fair, even moms and dads.
6. There is a cotton candy machine.

WHAT IS NOT EASY TO DO
It’s not so easy to wait for a special day when every other day is regular and boring. It makes you wonder if the special day is ever going to happen. I guess that’s the bad thing about being in Miss Lois’s class. Knowing something good is coming makes the regular days seem disappointing, even if they are okay and nothing bad happens.

Every Monday since spring started I have been thinking, I bet today’s the day we get to start on the fair. And every Monday I have been 100 percent wrong!

HOW I KNOW THAT MISS LOIS WILL TALK ABOUT THE FAIR ON A MONDAY
When Miss Lois tells her class it’s time to work on the spring fair, she always does it in exactly the same way. I know this because Grace F.’s cousin Benny had Miss Lois for a teacher last year, and he told Grace F. all about it.

Benny said that as soon as everyone saw the hat they started clapping and shouting like crazy, and that Miss Lois just stood at the front of the class smiling and nodding. This part of the story is hard to believe, because Miss Lois is not the kind of teacher who is okay with shouting. The part that I do believe is when Benny said it was the most fun thing they did all year. Kids don’t lie about fun. If you looked at Miss Lois, you would never think that she is the kind of person who would wear a crazy hat. That’s why just looking at people can fool you about what they are really like. Miss Lois is full of other surprises, too, because she doesn’t just wear crazy hats—she makes them, too! And all by herself!

Mimi says Miss Lois should get the gold star of making giant crazy hats, because her hats are excellent and very creative. That’s a big compliment, because Mimi knows a lot about crafts, and she wouldn’t give Miss Lois a gold star unless she deserved it.

THE THING I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO SEE
MISS LOIS’S SURPRISE!
I couldn’t believe it! The surprise happened today! And it wasn’t even Monday—it was Friday.

Fifteen minutes before class ended, Miss Lois came out from the closet wearing a giant hat. It was the nest hat from last year. Instantly we all knew exactly what was happening— it was time to work on the spring fair. Even though I was super excited about the fair, I was still a little mad. Who makes an announcement at the end of the week? And right before we go home? Announcements go at the beginning of things. We didn’t need extra school energy at three o’clock on a Friday. We needed it on Monday morning, when there was a whole boring week of school ahead of us. Suddenly I was thinking things about Miss Lois that I hadn’t thought of before. Mostly it was that she wasn’t a very good planner of energy.