Our expert says:
It can be agony at that age, when you so badly want to belong, and the ugly Queens of the school pick and choose and enjoy the sense of power they get from being cruel to the more desperate kids.
Its worth bearing in mind that most of those "popular" girls go on to lead useless and miserable lives, while the quiet, genuine ones like your sister, take time to blossom but go on to lead far more fruitful lives than those who get so spoiled by popularity early on.
Home schoolingis usuall not a good idea, as it encourages her to lack self-confidence and to be socially awkward and isolated. Rather arrange for her to see a counsellor to work through these issues, and she can maybe better find friends among the other girls the smug kids at the top reject, who will be more genuine and lasting and valuable friends anyway
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