Anya, a fourth-grader, has a rare but not very serious medical condition that causes all of her hair to fall out. She doesn't want anyone to know, so after Christmas she returns to school wearing a wig that was designed to look exactly like her hair used to look. Anya is terrified at the thought that someone will find out she is bald.
Keely is an insecure girl in Anya's class. She hangs around with Stef, the most popular girl in their class, and she usually does whatever Stef wants her to do. Stef has noticed something funny about Anya's hair and suspects that she is wearing a wig. She wants Keely to tug on it to find out for sure, and to find out what is wrong with her. Keely is convinced that Anya must have cancer or some other awful disease, and she doesn't want to make things any worse for the girl. For the first time she can remember, Keely doesn't do exactly what Stef wants.
But somehow everyone finds out anyway, and Anya is mortified that her secret is out. Is there anything Keely can do to make her feel better?
I liked that Anya had a condition that wasn't potentially fatal; it caused disigurement but no pain and no death. This kept the focus on her humiliation and helplessness instead of putting the focus on a fight to survive.