Title: Class Clown
Genre: MG Contemporary
For everyone, the eighth grade is tough. For Clarabell Gritt, it’s a circus.
After her clown parents leave the circus, Clara attends a normal school for the first time, which is like all she's ever wanted with delicious, processed cherries on top.
Despite a few hiccups that totally weren't her fault (because teachers should really say that most kids don't wear neon leotards in gym), Clara is determined to seize her golden ticket to normalcy: the school dance. That is, if she can just get a date and keep this whole growing-up-in-the-circus thing a secret, but when Clara's parents show up in clown costume in front of everyone, the school's ringmaster manipulates and bullies Clara, sabotaging her attempts to make this the best dance ever.
Being ordinary might be a stretch, but it would be nice if Clara could make it through middle school without becoming a total freak show.
Most kids think their parents are total clowns; I guess I do too, but that's because my parents are clowns, like... literally.