Mrs. Silver (Principal) was asking Ally if she could read or not which was seen by Shay who was then bullying her. The book then introduced Ally's older brother, Travis. Then at Christmas, her class sang with flowers but Keisha`s (future friend) were taken away by teachers because she was breaking off pieces of her bouquet accidentally. But Ally saw this and gave Keisha half of her flowers, causing them to both have no flowers but be friends. After that, Ally learnt of Keisha`s love of cooking. Then one day, Shay and Jessica invited Ally to her table who was then pressured into bullying Albert for havong the back of his shoe cut off and wearing the same shirt everyday. Ally was really bad though, for making fun of Albert, so she apologized. Mr.Daniels then assigned the class into 4 groups, to figure out what were in some "mystery boxes". During guessing what's in the last box, Ally figured out that Mr.Daniels put 2 glue sticks tied together and attached to the sides of the box. So it couldn't hit 2 sides of the box when shaken, which over a hundred kids couldn't figure out. After, Travis got a new car, which was coloured like a pickle. So when they rode in it, unfortunately, Shay saw it when they were driving it. Then the class went to a place where there were lots of butterflies, but when a butterfly was in her hand, she closed too tightly and hurt it's wings. After that, Ally overheard Shay charging Jessica for the friendship bracelets. The next day, Mr.Daniels was giving an award for the best poem, which Ally won, leading her to believe she got a "pity" award and ran into a bathroom stall. Luckily, Keisha managed to convince her that it wasn't a "pity" award. After school the very next day, Mr.Daniels asked her if she wanted to play chess for no homework, which Ally was suspicious of. They went to a museum, where Ally ran out because she was made fun of, where she confessed to Mr.Daniels about the fact that she can't read. A few days later, Ally's mom told Ally that they're going to video chat with their dad, who's in the military. At school, Ally and her class were solving a riddle, which Ally got the answer to. Then the class had an election. Where Shay ran, and elected Ally who was very surprised. But what surprised her even more was that she won! It was the revealed why albert wears the same "Flint" shirt every day. And at the end of the book, Travis started getting help from Mr.Daniels just like Ally.