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Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment

By: Sundee T. Frazier


Science competitions, an almost-girlfriend, fights with his best friend… Brendan Buckley’s debut into middle school isn’t going exactly as he planned.  First, he isn’t sure his science teacher, Mr. Hammond, made the right decision pairing him with Morgan Belcher, the new girl at school, to compete in the national science competition.  I mean, he likes her okay, but he isn’t sure he likes her like that.  But when his best friend, Khal, starts giving him a hard time and calling Morgan his “girlfriend,” Brendan accidentally knocks him out during their Tae Kwon Do competition, angering his father, as well as himself for losing control.   Will Brendan and Khal ever become friends again?  Is Morgan his girlfriend, or just a friend?  Will his science project be good enough to win a prize?  Life is so complicated in middle school!


Prepared by Brenda Day, Library Media Specialist, Aledo Middle School, Aledo, TX