The New Girl

[For children]

The third grade class had a new girl named Sarah. She sat rather still in her seat, Penny noticed, looking at her reading book and trying to avoid the thirty pairs of curious eyes turned toward her.

One boy punched a friend and mumbled something Sarah couldn't hear, and they both laughed loudly. She slid a little farther down in her seat, wishing she were back in her own hometown.

Penny could see that the new girl was very uncomfortable. She felt vaguely disturbed but decided it was none of her business. "I suppose somebody will be her friend," she said, going back to her new spelling words.

An Interview: with a Space Scientist
September 12, 1970

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