I looked at her. I’d never heard that word before.
“Penitentiary means prison,” she said.
I knew it! And I was going to be locked up here for a whole year!
My mom thought Mrs. Burke was great. She was teacher of the year last school year. But Mom didn’t know what else happened last school year.
It was a complete accident!
I was in the hall with my best friend Tommy and he threw my shoe down the hall, so I threw his shoe down the hall. Unfortunately, Mrs. Burke came out of her room and Tommy’s shoe hit her in the head.
So finding out that Mrs. Burke is going to be my teacher for the entire fourth grade is the worst news ever. The only bright spot is that Tommy is always in my class. Always.