Assassin (Walker and Company) by Anna Myers
This story is told in alternating viewpoints - Bella, a young impressionable girl, who has lost her mother to death and been abandoned by her father, wants to be on the stage and Wilkes, better know as John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln. I sometimes was annoyed with Bella, but Wilkes was totally convincing. Don't skip the prologue!
Bird is sitting in the principal's chair and how she got there and what she does takes you for a ride in the mind of an 8th grade girl. This book is funny, and too true - boy, do I remember those feelings of trying to make my mother feel bad - and has a really satisfying ending.Think I'll have to go read more books by Anna... If you want to know more about her, go to her website at http://annamyers.info/