Topic: One For Sorrow
"One For Sorrow" is a book by Mary Downing Hahn. A girl named Annie, moves to a new town where she knows nobody. On her first day of school, she wonders if she'll make any friends. After her class, she walked into the cloakroom, hoping she would make some friends during recess. While grabbing her sweater, a girl grabs her hand. Out of shock, Annie looks up and this girl. Her name was Elsie. Elsie insisted that her and Annie were going to be best friends. The other girls in her class didn't like Elsie and made fun of her. After recess, Elsie told on the girls for making fun of her. The girls glared at Elsie, and the looks from the girls shifted towards Annie. Annie had no clue what she had done wrong, but she knew that she didn't want to be friends with Elsie at all. When school was over, Annie thought it was her escape from Elsie, but in fact, it wasn't. Elsie invited herself to Annie's home, where they drank hot chocolate and ate cookies. After eating, Elsie insisted that they go to Annies room and play. Annie hated the way Elsie was handling her toys. Out of frustration and anger, Annie tries snatching her favorite doll that Elsie was tearing apart, ou tof Elsie's hands. When the attempt ended in the doll breaking, Elsie started screaming at Annie about her life. Elsie's life was not typical. She lost her mother at birth and hated her stepmother. Her father was abusive, beating her and locking her in the cellar for hours at a time. As time passed, Annie didn't want Elsie in the house anymore so she reminded Elsie that it was almost dark and that she should be getting home. Walking downstairs, Annie's mother greeted them and offered Elsie a ride home when her Annies father got home. Elsie lied and said that Annie had invited her to dinner, which Annie did not appreciate, but her mother insisted that she went home and ate there instead. On the ride home, Annie tried to ignore Elsie to the best of her abilities, which was impossible. Out of rage, Elsie grabbed and pinched Annie's arm as hard as she could. forcing her to be her friend. When the car stopped, Elsie got out and ran to the door, where her father grabbed her and pulled her inside. Annie climbed into the front seat and leaned on her father's shoulder in fear. She couldn't tell her mother or father about Elsie and make Elsie's anger worse. She decided to stay quiet. At the dinner table, Annie's parents were concerned about their child. She wasn't eating and was being very peckish about her food. Annie stayed quiet, and didnt tell her parents about how much she disiked Elsie.