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89. Puberty and the Voice Crack
Alan is 13 years old. He is going
puberty. Puberty is when kids start to become
and experience many physical and emotional changes. Alan
hit his growth spurt. He was very tall.
, he was just waiting for his voice to
. Before the voice deepens, it will crack. His
will sound high-pitched.
In Alan's English class, his
would have students do "Popcorn Reading." Popcorn Reading
when one student reads and then calls on
student to continue reading. Alan was eventually called
. He started to read the sentence. He noticed
his voice came out all high-pitched. It sounded
he had a sore throat. His classmates started
at him. "What happened to your voice?" they
. Alan was so embarrassed. He sunk into his
and put his jacket hood over his head.
class, the teacher went to Alan to talk
him. The teacher said Alan should not feel
. Voice cracking happens to everyone. Alan still felt
bad about it. For the next few days,
got around about Alan's voice. People kept asking
to talk, but Alan wouldn't. He just stayed
. Even when teachers called on him to read
asked him a question, he just wrote it