Saving Hannah – Read the First Chapter

 

Saving Hannah – Or How to Rewrite History – a GirlMogul Adventure

Read the first chapter of the newest GirlMogul Adventure…

Chapter 1

HannahfinalFrontRose Lewis, head held high, eyes narrowed, totally zoned in on her objective, started across the ordinary beige carpet of the main meeting room in Weston City’s central library. Today was her day, she thought, as she surveyed the groups of other girls. She’d already selected her target toward the far end of the room: four other girls, casually if fashionably dressed, with a nice smattering of designer labels among them. Her kind of girls. The kind she’d been looking for for weeks. Maybe her mother was right. This stupid camp might be the perfect way to “meet people” and get a life here in boring ole Weston.

All she had to do was walk across the floor, coo something welcoming, like “love the fringe on your bag, is it an O’Kelly?”, which she knew it wasn’t, but the blonde with the blue eyes would be flattered, and she would be in. Hopefully the girl had a pool and a steady ride to the mall. With a deep breath, Rose began her campaign, threading her way among the tables and the scattered junk on the floor of the crowded room.

She was almost there when it happened. A lone book bag appeared out of nowhere and Rose couldn’t stop herself tripping over it. Her arms wind-milled in an effort to keep upright, but she was too late. She just about careened into someone, who neatly sidestepped her falling body and grabbed the back of her shirt just in time to keep her from hitting the floor. A pencil slid out of her backpack and rolled slowly across the carpet as a ripple of giggles spread through the room.

The girl she’d almost taken down pulled her upright.

“Caught you,” she said cheerfully as Rose felt the burn of embarrassment crawl up her face. Her rescuer swept her gaze around pointedly, stopping at the table of the girl with the fringed bag, where laughter and smirks abounded. Under her cool look, it evaporated.

Scooping up the stray pencil, Rose’s new friend handed it back to Rose and kept walking as if nothing had happened. “Let’s go here,” she said.

Good reflexes, cool under pressure, Rose sketched in her head as she quickly scanned the other girl. Dark brown face, brown hair, and a friendly smile. Simple khaki capris, light pink cropped polo.  Pink and white sneakers and a gray messenger bag slung over her shoulder. No visible logos, but Rose was sure she’d seen the same shirt in a magazine the other day.  No artfully fringed bag, but this could be ok.  She let herself be led in the direction of one small table right by the window toward the back of the room.

The table was quiet, at least relatively. Two empty chairs and two filled chairs. Rose looked around quickly, hoping for an escape, but all the other tables were filled. Ok, so maybe being fashionably late hadn’t been the best strategy.  Rose swallowed, unsure what to do next.

In front of her at the table, one girl with short, spiky black hair, kind of punkish, was slumped in her chair, head bent over a small plastic box. She muttered under her breath and made a twisted face. It was, Rose realized, not a plastic box, but a computer, one of the smallest she had ever seen. And she was using it to play video games. The other girl at the table, with toffee-colored skin and dark brown hair, was glancing around and jotting notes in a purple-and-white marble notebook.

Neither appeared to take any notice of the other, and neither one of them appeared to have noticed Rose’s fall. She threw a quick look over her shoulder. Nope, there was no way she could go back to Blondie with the fringe bag, who was still smirking and giggling with her friends at the other table. Her Approach and Flatter Plan wasn’t going to work. Time for Plan B.

“Hi,” Rose’s new friend said brightly, slipping into a seat across from the girl playing video games. Her head raised a fraction of an inch, but other than that, she didn’t acknowledge her. The other one, the writer, who wore a crisp white blouse and a pair of jeans, smiled at them but said nothing.

“I’m Lily Evans.” Silence.

And then the girl in the white blouse offered a smile and a wave. “I’m Poppy Diaz.”

“Nice to meet you, Poppy. This is…” Lily turned to Rose. “Hey, I don’t know your name. My mom says I’m always talking too much and I never give anyone a chance to get a word in edgewise.”

“I’m Rose Lewis,” Rose answered, but her voice sounded soft and rusty, as if she didn’t use it much, so she cleared her throat and said again, firmly, “I’m Rose.”

“Funny, I thought it might be Fall Girl.” The fourth girl, with the spiky hair and the computer, finally spoke. She didn’t bother to look up, and Rose felt the slow flush of embarrassment start at her neck and creep up her face. So her little incident hadn’t gone unnoticed, even over here.

Then the girl muttered a word that Rose wasn’t supposed to say, ever. All three of them, Rose, Poppy, and Lily, stared at her, and finally she looked up.

“So what’s your name?” Lily asked the spiky-haired girl, and for the first time Rose saw she was definitely not smiling.  There was no doubt as to who Lily was speaking to, but still the other girl didn’t answer. Instead, a slow, sly grin spread over her face and the silence remained.
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Meet GirlMogul Daisy

 

NAME:  XXXXXXX

 

Code Name: Daisy

 

Address: XX Weston Plaza Tower

 

Age: 12

 

Collected Data:

Family: Father is a computer scientist and researcher who consults for various companies.  Daisy’s mother is deceased.   No other siblings.  Daisy and her father live in the newest high rise in the center of downtown Weston.  Daisy goes to Weston City Academy.

 

 

Favorite Books: Manga comic books.  And online blogs and gaming sites.  Prefers the internet and her computer to reading.

 

Favorite Subject: Math.

 

Hobbies: Gaming.  Taking apart things and putting them back together. Writing compuer

In her words:

Describe yourself:  LEFT INTENTIONALLY BLANK

 

Your Hero: No one.

 

Someone from History you admire: Grace Murray Hopper – she wrote the first computer compiler.

 

If you could have lunch with anyone: No one.

 

Your favorite place: My room.

 

A place you would like to visit: NASA

What do you want to be when you grow up:   LEFT BLANK

 

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee? My dad is making me.  Along with the school counselor.

 

Dr. Smith’s Comments: Obviously some issues with authority.  Unresolved feelings over her mother’s recent death.  Her test scores were extremely high, with a very strong mathematical and mechanical aptitude.  Her skill with computer programs and technology is needed on the team, but…

Abby’ Comments: She needs our help. I promise to work with her.  Let’s give her a trial period.

Meet GirlMogul Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAME:XXXXXXX

Code Name:Poppy

Address: XX State Street

Age:12

Collected Data:

Family: Family owns a chain of successful restaurants.First one started by her grandmother in downtown Weston. Has since grown to several locations throughout Weston, serving Latin America influenced food.Her grandmother is mostly retired and leaves the day to day management of the restaurants to Poppy’s Father and Mother.Poppy has two older brothers and one younger sister.

Favorite Books: Non fiction books, especially ones about animals, scientists and the ocean.

Favorite Subject: Science.

Hobbies: Mixing formulas with her chemistry kit, collecting specimens and cataloging them, trying to invent the perfect face cream.And hanging out with her grandmother.

In her words:

Describe yourself: I love learning about things.Reading books is ok, but I would rather learn about things by actually looking at, observing them.I take notes in my field journal all the time, about things I observe. I am always taking pictures too.I also like working with my chemistry set. It’s the deluxe one, I just got it for my birthday this year.I have been through like 5 other beginner ones, but this one is more like the real thing – my mom made me promise to be very careful using it. I am already working on my project for this year’s science fair, but its top secret.

My mom and dad set up a real lab for me in the basement.I have my computer, my microscope and all my chemicals down there.It’s totally cool. I can listen to my music and work on my formula for face cream.

Your Hero: My grandmother.She emigrated to America with just about nothing and started a small tacqueira and now she has 4 restaurants and is on all of these committees and she still has time to spend with me and work in her garden.

Someone from History you admire: Dr. Myrna Lodge.She was the first female surgeon to perform open heart surgery.How cool is that?

If you could have lunch with anyone:Stephanie Kwolek – the inventor of Kevlar – it’s used in everything from boats to space ships.

Your favorite place: My Lab.

A place you would like to visit: New York City – I would like to see the Museum of Natural History for myself.

What do you want to be when you grow up:A doctor, or a scientist, or maybe a veterinarian.I can’t decide if I would rather help people or animals.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee?My grandmother said it would be good for me to meet other girls my own age and work together on something, instead of spending so much time in her lab.I think she was also responsible for volunteering someone.Also, I think it will be the basis for a great experiment, how the pre-adolescent child performs in small group settings. Perhaps I can write a research paper on it.

Approved

Dr. Smith’s Comments: A bright inquisitive mind. She reminds me of me when I was younger.Her rational, observational approach will be an asset to the team.

Abby’ Comments: Poppy sounds totally smart – perhaps not much of a people person though.We’ll see if we can get her to see people as more than study subjects!


NAME:XXXXXXX

Code Name:Poppy

Address: XX State Street

Age:12

Collected Data:

Family: Family owns a chain of successful restaurants.First one started by her grandmother in downtown Weston. Has since grown to several locations throughout Weston, serving Latin America influenced food.Her grandmother is mostly retired and leaves the day to day management of the restaurants to Poppy’s Father and Mother.Poppy has two older brothers and one younger sister.

Favorite Books: Non fiction books, especially ones about animals, scientists and the ocean.

Favorite Subject: Science.

Hobbies: Mixing formulas with her chemistry kit, collecting specimens and cataloging them, trying to invent the perfect face cream.And hanging out with her grandmother.

In her words:

Describe yourself: I love learning about things.Reading books is ok, but I would rather learn about things by actually looking at, observing them.I take notes in my field journal all the time, about things I observe. I am always taking pictures too.I also like working with my chemistry set. It’s the deluxe one, I just got it for my birthday this year.I have been through like 5 other beginner ones, but this one is more like the real thing – my mom made me promise to be very careful using it. I am already working on my project for this year’s science fair, but its top secret.

My mom and dad set up a real lab for me in the basement.I have my computer, my microscope and all my chemicals down there.It’s totally cool. I can listen to my music and work on my formula for face cream.

Your Hero: My grandmother.She emigrated to America with just about nothing and started a small tacqueira and now she has 4 restaurants and is on all of these committees and she still has time to spend with me and work in her garden.

Someone from History you admire: Dr. Myrna Lodge.She was the first female surgeon to perform open heart surgery.How cool is that?

If you could have lunch with anyone:Stephanie Kwolek – the inventor of Kevlar – it’s used in everything from boats to space ships.

Your favorite place: My Lab.

A place you would like to visit: New York City – I would like to see the Museum of Natural History for myself.

What do you want to be when you grow up:A doctor, or a scientist, or maybe a veterinarian.I can’t decide if I would rather help people or animals.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee?My grandmother said it would be good for me to meet other girls my own age and work together on something, instead of spending so much time in her lab.I think she was also responsible for volunteering someone.Also, I think it will be the basis for a great experiment, how the pre-adolescent child performs in small group settings. Perhaps I can write a research paper on it.

Approved

Dr. Smith’s Comments: A bright inquisitive mind. She reminds me of me when I was younger.Her rational, observational approach will be an asset to the team.

Abby’ Comments: Poppy sounds totally smart – perhaps not much of a people person though.We’ll see if we can get her to see people as more than study subjects!