Babies, boys and big ears. These are the things on Vicki's mind. Babies, because she and her sixth-grade classmates have been assigned to carry around five-pound bags of sugar for a week as a lesson in what parental responsibility might be like. Boys, because a cute seventh-grade one has moved in across the street. And big ears, because she suffers from the fear that hers are unacceptably large.
Vicki, narrator of "Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies," shares her insecurities and insights--such as they are--with the self-deprecating humor of a pre-adolescent aching to grow up. She and her overly freckled friend Ellie are gaga over the new boy, whom they call Thunk--for Terrific Hunk. In her quest to appear terribly cool (or at least not be a total dweeb) before Thunk, Vicki ditches her sugar baby. Her deception seems to lead to the disappearance of an elderly neighbor, and Vicki must find them both and decide just how far to go in owning up to her errors.
Vicki's family situation is pure '90s: She lives with her mother, a CPA who works at home. Her father, who fancied himself an artistic genius, ran off in search of his fortune when Vicki was a baby and only recently reappeared--remarried and now father to a 4-year-old, a half-sister Vicki very much wants to be close to.