Rory’s parents make her crazy. They have a lot of rules, especially compared to the parents of other kids. Everytime Rory has asked for something over the last several years her parents have answered, “maybe when you’re twelve.” Everytime Rory’s parents have said this she has written down the request and put it in a box under her bed. Today is the day. Rory is turning twelve. She gets the box out from under her bed and begins oganizing a list of requests for her parants.

Rory has some big things:

  1. Get a cell phone.
  2. Stay home alone.
  3. Get my own screen name so I can IM.
  4. Shave my legs.
  5. Go to the mall with Annabelle and No Parents.
  6. Wear makeup.
  7. Get a pet.
  8. Babysit.
  9. Get my ears pierced.
  10. Get contact lenses.
  11. Attend Natalie Karp’s boy-girl birthday party.

And some small things:

  1. Get my own house key.
  2. Go to bed at 9:30pm.
  3. Drink coffe.
  4. Watch Friday the 13th Part IX.
  5. Sit in the front seat of the car.
  6. Do my homework without anyone checking it.
  7. Pick out my own clothes.
  8. Use the stove, oven, and electical appliances without permission or supervision.
  9. Walk home from school.
  10. Buy lunch in the cafeteria.
  11. Ride an upside-down roller coaster.

Rory does a great job presenting her list to her Mom and Dad – especially the cell phone. Some of her wishes turn out great, but some of them are disasters! How many times have you wished for something and then it didn’t turn out to be quite as great as you expected? What do you think of Rory’s list? Is she asking for reasonable things? Did you have to wait until you were twelve for all of these things? Author: Wendy Mass

If you liked Rory in Finally, you’ll like reading about her 11th year too in 11 Birthdays. Wendy Mass also wrote Every Soul a Star, a story about kids whose lives are turned upside down by some decisions made by their parents. If you like a girl giving you the straight scoop about school and friends try Allie Finkle or Smile.
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