"You will be needing braces, with that you will start wearing a headgear to bed."
"Please can I get my ears pierced. Look how many pairs of earrings I have now."
"How about we get them after your birthday. It can be a birthday present and a reward for the braces?"
The girls just arrived at Raina's house after a scout meeting. And they were racing to the door. Raina grabbed onto Kelli's hoodie but Kelli ran faster tripped and knocked out her two front teeth.
"Don't forget to smile."
"High School, here I come."
Because she knocked her teeth out so she needed braces to pull the teeth down. In this book Raina has a lot of dental issues. Her sister Amara makes fun of her with her braces. She also gets jealous when Raina gets to chose out a video game.
""We thought that it was pretty funny."
"How could you. I hate you guys!"
At her birthday party all the gifts that she got were earrings which persuaded her mom why she should get her ears pierced. After her ears were pierced she started to fell like an teenager going to high school next year.
"I thought I was the only slow runner.."
It is Raina's first day of High School and her friend tells her to smile because she got her braces are almost coming off and look very good already. But later on she makes new friends because they were always making fun of her. Her new friends have very similar likings as her.
They were eating lunch outside and her friend pulled her skirt down. She had leggings under but was still very embarrassed and mad.
After Raina dumped her old friends she felt lonely until one day in gym she was running and became friends with Theresa. She was very happy from then on. The new group of friends went to the dance together.