I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Except for the orange plastic chair with its bent leg and the thin crack in its seat. Mara's grandmother and mother had reserved this chair for special guests, for government agents, school officials, and other people who came at them sideways. If you didn't know about the chair and weren't careful, you'd get a nasty pinch when you sat down.
"Serves 'em right," her grandmother would say. "They've always been a pain in the butt."