In Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz, best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don't always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.
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BLUE SNOW CONES AND A KARATE MAN
Our last day of middle school was supposed to be amazing, but instead Marco and I are standing at the sinks in the gray boys' bathroom trying to wash half a snow cone out of my hair.