New Kid in School
The first story again revolves around Matt causing problems. He catches the wrong schoolbus and ends up at Lizzie's school where he begins telling one lie after another. For some reason the students believe his lies and end up thinking he's really cool and sort of famous.
This interfers, of course, with Lizzie's plan to have lunch with her love-interest, Ethan. Eventually things go too far and Lizzie calls the police who haul Matt out of the school but the other kids think that having that also done is cool.
There is no doubt that Matt has serious behavior problems. He also seems to have absolutely no concern about anyone but himself as it never occurs to him that his parents might be worried about his not showing up at his proper school.
Based on episode 14, Lizzie's Nightmare.
The second story in this book is about a social studies project where the students are "married" and have to work out the details of their lives together, then attend a pretend 20th anniversary reunion and talk about how their marriages worked.
One of Lizzie's friends is paired with Ethan, while Lizzie is paired with Gordo. Things take a bad turn when Lizzie finds out that Kate and Ethan are scheming to embarrass Miranda during the reunion. Lizzie finally manages to warn Miranda after Kate dumps her pretend-husband in front of everyone, and Miranda rises to the challenge.
An interesting story. I can see where such a thing would make an interesting social studies or home economics project in a real school. The whole thing is about working together, both in a marriage and in the school project, and Lizzie spends so much time worrying about Ethan and than about Miranda that she doesn't work as closely with Gordo as she should.
Based on episode 9, "I do, I don't."
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