I’m super excited today! Mr. Wilson, our English teacher, gave us an essay assignment on anything to do with ancient Egypt. Everyone will probably write about the pyramids, but I think it will be more interesting to write about Cleopatra. She was a very famous pharaoh, which basically means that she was the queen of Egypt. She knew how to speak nine different languages, which I think is great because it made her a better queen. She was also a very clever businesswoman. She helped make her country rich and powerful when she ruled it. I read that she even owned a perfume factory. Maybe all the cool things I’m learning about Cleopatra will help me be a good business person too. Which reminds me, Yajna ordered two new pencils from me today and I have to start decorating them.

– Lindi

I wish Mr. Wilson asked us to write an essay on musicals because I know almost everything about musicals. Maybe I should ask mummy to help me look on the internet to see if they had musicals in ancient Egyptian times.

Meanwhile, Ms. Gordon told us today that the school’s drama club will be doing a recital for assembly soon and asked if I’d be willing to sing on my own in front of other kids. This is a dream come true because I was born to sing in front of other kids. I wonder if Ms. Gordon will allow us to wear special costumes for the recital. Mummy is very good at needlework, so maybe she can help me with my outfit – that would be sooo cool!

– Aneesa

I still don’t know what I’m going to choose as my topic for the essay Mr. Wilson asked us to write about ancient Egypt. Everyone knows about the pyramids and camels. Avery said that I must write my essay on Egyptian clothing. I got a book on Egyptian clothing from the library and found out that the men in those days also wore eye make-up, just like the women. Everyone believed makeup had magical powers. I wanted to write this all down in my notes tonight but Lindi hasn’t finished decorating my pencils. I’m very excited because I love the beads and feathers she glues to them. Maybe she will give them to me tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

– Yajna

Woohoo! I played soccer with the boys during break today and I scored the very first goal! At first they didn’t want me to play with them. They said it was because they already had enough players on both teams, but I didn’t believe them. I think it’s because they are scared of girls. Anyway, once I scored that goal they all wanted me on their team. I can’t wait to tell my friends. The only bad thing is that I ripped my uniform when I stopped this one boy from scoring a goal. Mom is going to be so mad at me, but maybe she will be less mad when I tell her about my big victory today.

– Avery

I’m a little bit upset today. I spent the whole weekend decorating Yajna’s pencils and now she doesn’t want them anymore. She said I used too much glitter and not enough feathers and beads. I always use glitter to decorate my pencils, but this time I didn’t have enough beads and feathers and used more glitter than usual. What am I going to do now? I can’t throw the pencils away…

Now I’ve wasted all of that time decorating pencils Yajna doesn’t want anymore, and my mom can’t take me to the craft shop to get more beads and feathers until the weekend. This is a disaster. Maybe if I try to speak to her she will change her mind.

– Lindi

I was very excited when Ms. Gordon asked if I wanted to sing in the school recital, but today she announced that I have to sing a duet with Malory. I don’t mind singing with Malory because she sings very nice, but I thought that I was going to sing by myself, so now I’m quite disappointed. Besides, Malory doesn’t want to sing any of the songs that I suggested because she doesn’t like them as much as the songs that she wants to sing. Lindi told me that I should tell Ms Gordon about this, but I don’t want to get Malory in trouble. Maybe I can ask Ms. Gordon if I can sing a song by myself as well as a duet with Malory.

– Aneesa

I had to go to the school nurse today because I hurt my ankle when I played soccer during break time. I haven’t told mom yet because last week she made a fuss about my ripped school clothes. I don’t think she’ll be too worried because the nurse said that my ankle will be fine if I take things easy for a few days. The sad thing is that I have to wear a bandage and I’m not allowed to play soccer again until next week. Plus I was supposed to play a tennis match this weekend and Yajna said that she would play on my behalf. I must remember to give her some tips so she doesn’t lose the match.

– Avery

Poor Avery’s foot is still in a bandage. She says she is fine but I can see that her foot gets sore when she walks on it. Everyone thinks she is super cool for having a soccer injury, but she’s worried about her tennis match this weekend. I offered to play on her behalf, but I’m not so sure anymore. She made me promise not to lose the match, so now I’m nervous because I don’t want to disappoint her.

The worst part is that I still don’t have a topic for my essay on ancient Egypt or my decorated pencils from Lindi. She tried to convince me to buy the ones that she already decorated, but I don’t want all that glitter.

– Yajna

Running your own business can sometimes be a bit tough. Yajna still doesn’t want the pencils I made for her, so I asked the other girls if they were interested in buying them and they said not right now. Avery was there when I got upset last week and she told me she hates it when people fight. She said I should make it up to Yajna. I sort of understand Yajna’s problem with the glitter, but she doesn’t understand my problem: that I have spent so much time on her pencils already and can’t just give them away to someone else. Besides, it’s not like I keep the money I make for myself, it’s for a very worthy cause…

– Lindi

I’ve decided to write my English essay on board games in ancient Egypt. When I was really little I thought it was called ‘bored’ games for people who wanted to play games when they were bored, but mummy told me it’s actually called ‘board’ games because you play the game on a board.

The ancient Egyptians’ favorite board games were called “Dogs and Jackals” and “Senet.” I wrote down all the rules and will ask Avery, Yajna and Lindi if they want to play it with me this weekend.

Malory asked me if I wanted to come to her house this weekend to start practicing for the school recital, but I’m not sure if I want to do it anymore. I asked Ms. Gordon if I could sing a solo and a duet with Malory, but she said that there isn’t enough time in the program.

– Aneesa

I don’t like wearing this bandage anymore. It is very frustrating because I can’t go to soccer practice and we’re playing a very important game next week. I tried a bit of running during break time today but it still hurts. The school nurse said that I need to just stay patient and positive and not walk around too much. The other sad thing is that Yajna won the tennis match she played over the weekend. I know it sounds bad of me to be sad about it, but now she will probably play the next match too. It’s not fair. I wish my ankle would get better so I can get back to my normal life.

– Avery

Sometimes I can’t understand Avery. First she made me promise not to lose the tennis match I played over the weekend, but when I did win I could tell from her face that she wasn’t happy about that either. I used all her tips and played as best as I could. I wish her ankle would get better now because she is driving us all crazy.

I’m also still thinking about my essay. I wanted to write about Egyptian wizards but mom says there weren’t any wizards in those times. How can that possibly be true since everyone knows wizards have been around since the beginning of the earth! I will go to the library again tomorrow to look for books on wizards in ancient Egypt.

– Yajna

I think I have a plan to solve my problem with Yajna’s pencils. My mom took me to the craft shop this weekend and now I have enough feathers and beads for a million pencils. She asked me why I was so eager to go to the craft shop and I told her about my fight with Yajna. She said that a friendship is more important than business. I tried to imagine what it would be like if Yajna wasn’t my friend anymore and it was horrible. So I went to her during break time with all the new feathers and beads and asked her to choose which ones she likes best. I also said I was sorry and that we will always be friends no matter what.

– Lindi

I told Lindi, Yajna and Avery that I have decided to not sing in the school recital anymore because I’m not allowed to sing a solo. Avery said she understands how I feel because of her sore ankle and not being allowed to play soccer or tennis. Lindi said if she were me she would rather sing a duet with Malory than not sing at all.

I’ve thought about this and I think Lindi is right – if I sing really well in my duet then maybe Ms. Gordon will ask me to sing a solo at the next recital. I’ve started practicing the song Malory chose and I’m starting to like it a little. We’re all having a sleepover at Yajna’s house later this week to help her with her project, so I will sing my part to them and ask them if they like it.

– Aneesa

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my ankle is much better and I even played a soccer match today. The bad news is that I accidentally tripped and let the other team score a goal, which made them win the match. Luckily I didn’t re-hurt my ankle, but the nurse banned me from playing again until I’m properly healed. I thought that everyone would be mad at me for losing the game but they weren’t. They just said that it’s all part of the game and that I’m still part of the team. I still feel disappointed but next time I will prove myself.

I’m very excited about our sleepover at Yajna’s house tomorrow. After we help her with her essay I will say sorry for not being happy that she won my last tennis match and give her more tips for the next one.

– Avery

I am the luckiest person in the whole world because I have the nicest friends ever! Lindi, Aneesa, and Avery came over to help me with our project on ancient Egypt. Lindi suggested that I write my essay on Pharaoh Pepi the second (I think this means that there was a Pharaoh named Pepi before him). He started being the king of Egypt when he was only 6 years old and lasted until he was 94 years old. That is a very, very long time to be king!

The best news of all is that Lindi finished decorating my pencils so now I can write in my diary again. Aneesa performed her half of the duet that she has to sing with Malory and it sounds quite nice. Avery said sorry to me for not being happy about the tennis match I won. She even gave me some good tips on how to win the next one. I am sooo happy we are all friends again.

– Yajna