Make your reader care about the character’s feelings. Show her true self though the way she manages these emotions. To make the story exciting, add unrealistic, farfetched emotions from an over active imagination. After all, kids that age are typically afraid of the things that go bump in the dark. Monsters crawling under their bed are still vivid.
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