Anyone but Me (Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo No. 1)
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Katie Carew, nicknamed Katie Kazoo by the class bully, had no idea what would happen when she wished that she could be anyone but herself. But now her wish has come true, and-switcheroo!-she keeps turning into other people and even animals! What is one ordinary third-grade girl with a really extraordinary problem to do? It's a good thing Katie is resourceful and smart enough to find a solution for every problem . . . no matter how much of a disaster she causes!
Katie can't stand George, the class bully. He constantly picks on everyone, but he really torments Katie. One day, she can't stand it anymore, and she wishes she could be anyone but herself. What she doesn't see is the shooting star that flashes through the sky at that moment . . . catapulting Katie into a crazy series of adventures, starting the next day when she turns into the class hamster! Will she be trapped in a glass cage forever? Will she ever be a girl again?
lower in her chair. Her lip was practically resting on her desk. But it was no use. Mrs. Derkman saw her anyway. “Katie, will you solve this for us?” the teacher asked. Katie sighed. She stood up and slowly walked toward the board. “Here comes the Mud Monster!” Katie heard George whisper as she walked past his desk. Katie didn’t want to walk past George, but she had no choice. He sat right in the front row—where Mrs. Derkman could keep an eye on him. Katie reached the board and picked up a
never have bad days. Every day is just the same for them. Finally, the bell rang. The day was over. Katie grabbed her books and ran for the door. She had to make sure she was the first one out of the classroom. But it didn’t matter. George caught up to Katie right away. He followed her halfway home. “Katie Kazoo, I see you!” he shouted. “Hey, Katie, wait up!” Katie could hear Jeremy calling after her as she ran towards her house. She knew he just wanted to make her feel better. But Katie
really special dog,” she would tell Jeremy when he argued with her. “He’s even smarter than people.” Now, as Pepper lay his head in her lap, Katie decided that even if her cocker spaniel wasn’t smarter than people, he certainly was nicer. That night at dinner, Katie picked at her spaghetti. She rolled the long noodles around on her fork. Then she pushed the meatballs over to the side of her plate and scowled. Three weeks ago, Katie had told her mother that she was a vegetarian. Her mother
thank for stopping George’s bullying. She was a real hero. Chapter 9 Katie was in a great mood when she got home that afternoon. Pepper met her at the steps. Katie bent down and gave her cocker spaniel a huge hug. Pepper licked her on the nose. “Well, I’m glad to see you’re happy again,” Katie’s mother said as she came out of the house with two glasses of pink lemonade. “You just weren’t yourself this morning.” Katie laughed. Her mother didn’t know the half of it. “So, did anything
sorry for George. At least when George had made fun of her for falling in the mud, she’d had friends to cheer her up. George had no one. “Is this your house?” she asked him nervously. “No, I just like to sit on other people’s porches,” George snapped back, making a nasty joke. “Of course it’s my house.” Katie turned and began to walk away. If George was going to be mean, she wasn’t going to talk to him. “Hey, is that your dog?” George called after her. Katie stopped walking. She turned