She’s Got Spunk—Read an Excerpt from "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook"


by 
SCR Staff
 | Jan 05, 2018

Excerpts from Junie B. Jones

Kids, families and teachers all love Junie B. Jones stories, featuring the clever, lovable, but flawed, oddball character. Junie B.’s exploits are captured in a series of some 30 books written by Barbara Park and several stage adaptations, including Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook.

Let your heart get captured by Junie B.’s spunk in this excerpt from Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook. In it, Junie B. goes to the Principal’s office to look for her furry mittens in the Lost and Found. 


Just then, I heard a door open.
It was Principal!
He was coming out of his office!
I jumped up and down at his sight. ’Cause I know that guy very good!
“Principal! Look! Look! It’s me! It’s Junie B. Jones! My mittens got stoled on the playground! And so Mrs. brought me here to get them! So just hand them over and I will be on my way…no questions asked.”
Principal looked funny at me. Then he went to the closet and pulled out a big box.
“This is the lost and found, Junie B.,” he explained. “Anytime that someone finds something that’s been lost, they bring it here. And we put it in this box.”
“How come?” I asked. “How come they bring it here instead of taking it home? ’Cause one time I found a nickel in the street. And Daddy said I could put it in my bank. ’Cause  finding isn’t the same thing as stealing. Right, Principal? Finding is a lucky duck.”
Principal laughed a little bit.
“Well, finding a nickel in the street is different, Junie B.,” he said. “For one thing, it would be almost impossible to discover who the owner of the nickel really was. And for another thing, losing a nickel isn’t really a big deal. But when someone loses something personal —like mittens, for instance—well, that’s a very big deal. And so if someone else finds the mittens, they can bring them to the Lost and Found, and the owner can get them back.”
He smiled.
“And that makes everyone happy, Junie B.,” he said. “The owner is happy because she has her mittens back. And the person who found them is happy because she’s done a good deed.
He pointed to a piece of paper taped on the box.
“See this? This is a poem the third grade wrote about the Lost and Found. It says:

“If you find stuff,
Bring it in.
All day long,
You’ll wear a grin.”

I did a frown.
“Yeah, only here’s the problem. I didn’t lose my mittens. They got stoled on purpose. And so no one will bring them in and wear a grin, probably.”
Principal raised up his eyebrows. “Well, you never know, Junie B. Why don’t you look in there and see?”
He opened up the box for me.
That’s when my eyes got big and wide. ‘Cause it was filled with the wonderfulest items I ever saw!
There were sweaters! And sweatshirts! And baseball caps! And gloves! And balls! And a lunchbox! And a scarf! And sunglasses! And a watch with Mickey Mouse on it!
Also there was a backpack that looked like a teddy bear!
“OOOOH! I ALWAYS WANTED ONE OF THESE!” I hollered real thrilled.
I put it on my back and skipped around the office.
How does it look back there?” I asked.
Principal runned after me.
He took the teddy off my back. And put it back in the box.
“We’re looking for your mittens, remember?”
Just then, I felt upset again. ‘Cause I almost forgot about those furry guys, that’s why. “Oh, yeah…my mittens,” I said real glum.
I looked through the box some more.
“They’re not here,” I said. “My mittens are gone forever and ever, I think.”
I did a sad sigh.
Then I picked up the teddy backpack again.
“Maybe I will take this instead,” I said. “’Cause this teddy backpack will ease my pain, I believe.”
Principal said no.
“How come?” I asked. “’Cause the owner doesn’t even want it anymore, I bet. Her mother already bought her a new teddy backpack, probably. And so this one is just going to go to waste.”
Principal stood me up and turned me to the door.
That meant I am leaving, I think.
“Come back tomorrow and look for your mittens again,” he said.
I talked real fast.
“Yeah, only I just remembered something. I used to have a teddy backpack just like that one, maybe. Only then I lost it, probably. And so I better take that one home with me. Or else my mother might be mad.”
Principal walked me to the door. He faced me down the hall.
“Good-bye, Junie, B.,” he said.
I hanged my head real disappointed.
’Cause guess why?
Good-bye means no teddy backpack

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook is on the Julianne Argyros Stage, Jan. 26-Feb. 11, 2018, part of the Theatre for Young Audiences series.

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