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Chapter One: The Calendar
Chapter Two: The Planners
Chapter Three: The Research
Chapter Four: The Guests
Chapter Five: The Decorations
Chapter Six: The Idea
Chapter Seven: The Gift
Chapter Eight: The Hiding Spot
Chapter Nine: The Schedule
Chapter Ten: The Big Day
Chapter Eleven: The Party
An Excerpt from “Beatrice More Moves In”
Beatrice was sitting at her desk, making a list. The list was called The List of Lists I Need to Make.
She had a stack of paper and all her list-making supplies handy: a ruler (for underlining), a blue pen (for regular list items), a red pen (for special ones) and a stapler (because her lists often ran over many pages).
She had already written:
1. How to Deal with Possible Frustrations in Third Grade (e.g., gunky water fountains, classmates who chew with their mouths open, messy coat/boot areas, etc.)
2. Things That Need to Be Organized (e.g., the spice cupboard, the front closet, my thoughts and dreams, etc.)
3. Ways My Lazy Dog, Edison, Can Get More Exercise (e.g., fun games, use of whistles, any kind of treat, etc.)
4. The Many, Many Ways I Need to Help My Little Sister Get Ready for Kindergarten (e.g., practicing reading and spelling, using a hairbrush, avoiding being weird, etc.)
5. Important Things Happening in July and How to Prepare for Them
Beatrice paused. Today was June 30. They had moved into their new house only two weeks earlier. It seemed like longer than that. She had already made two good friends in the neighborhood—Sue and Jill. Beatrice had gotten her family unpacked and organized the very first day they moved in. But she noticed that the house was slowly getting messy again.
There was no getting around it—her family was simply never going to be as neat or as professional as she was.
Beatrice looked around her room and smiled with relief. No mess here. Her room was perfectly tidy and organized.
What is happening next month? she wondered. She reached for the calendar and flipped the page to July. Only one date, Saturday, July 14, was neatly circled twice in red pen.
Beatrice was shocked.
“Sophie’s birthday! How could I have forgotten? I usually start planning birthday parties months in advance! This move has put me off schedule.”