DEAR ABBY: My daughter is in eighth grade at a small private school. The problem is, she doesn't have any friends there. Away from school she makes friends easily. But around classmates she has known for years, she's quiet and awkward. She isn't invited to parties or other fun activities. She wants to make friends and join in conversations but doesn't know how. (I'm no help. I had the same problem at her age.) Her dad and I tell her high school will be easier, but she doesn't want to wait. Do you have something that might help her?
— MOM OF AN OUTSIDER IN MISSOURI