Keys for Kids
Renee sat at the kitchen table, criticizing and complaining to anyone who would listen. "I just hate school! Mr. Martin is a jerk--and so are Patti and Nina! They're both so stuck-up. They think they're better than anyone else." Mom frowned. "Renee,...
Worth Waiting For
Tears trickled down Emily's cheeks as she repeated her argument. "Like I said, it wouldn't be a real date--just Jeff and Shana and Mark and me. And Jeff's parents would be there with us." Mom sighed deeply. "Emily, I'm sorry. But twelve is too young,...
Flea Market Bargain
Cassie stood at the entrance to the flea market and gazed at the noisy scene. Vendors and customers were talking loudly to be heard, and booths full of dishes, toys, books, and furniture spread out through the whole building. "Wow! What a lot of...
Not by the Cover
"Mom, I got it!" announced Eva after school one day. "Got what?" asked her brother Ben. "Is it catching?" He moved to the other side of the room, pretending to be afraid of her. Eva gave him a scornful look and held up a book. The picture on the...
"We're going to start doing experiments in science class!" Jared announced excitedly at the dinner table. "But not dangerous ones like Mr. Romano did today." "Dangerous?" Mom raised her eyebrows. "He did a dangerous experiment?" "Yeah! He dropped a...
The Game of Life (Cont’d.)
"That was a good game this afternoon, Noah," observed Dad as they ate dinner one evening. "You played very well." "I thought the most exciting part was when the coaches from the two teams got all hyped up over that one play," said Alyce. "For a minute...
The Game of Life
Noah closed his book and set it down. "I'm off to bed," he announced. "Already?" asked his sister Alyce, looking at her watch. "You must be sick!" Noah shook his head. "No. I just gotta get to bed early," he replied. "Coach's orders. He says it's...
A Little Scratch
"The time is six twenty-one," announced Karl as he got up from the table. "Oops! It just changed to six twenty-two." "Good of you to keep us informed," his sister Kim said sarcastically. "I'll be glad when your watch isn't so new anymore. I don't need...
Silver and Gold
"Ouch!" yelled Julie, tripping headlong into a pile of boxes that lined the hallway. Moving day was only five days away, and the house was a mess. She slowly untangled herself and got to her feet. "I hate moving," she said. "I don't want to leave my...
"Let's see . . . Mrs. Garcia ordered four boxes of chocolate chip cookies, Aunt Alice wants one box of oatmeal raisin and one box of double chocolate delight, and Mrs. Jones gets three boxes of sugar cookies," murmured Leslie. She was taking part in a...
"Ow!" Zach wailed as his mother rubbed a baking soda mixture on a bee sting. "It still hurts! Why did God make bees, anyway?" "I didn't hear you complaining when you were spreading honey on your biscuits this morning," said Mom with a smile. "but hang...
It Came Up Squash
"Everything looks delicious," said Miguel's father, as the family began to eat. There was a twinkle in his eye as he added, "Please pass the watermelon, Miguel." Miguel paused with his fork halfway to his mouth. "Watermelon?" he asked, looking around....
Alayna placed two fluffy pillows on a chair and turned to survey her bedroom. "It was so much fun fixing up this room!" she exclaimed. "The curtains and quilt we made are so pretty, and they look so good with the new paint." Mom smiled. "It was fun,"...
A Puzzling Situation
"Amber!" exclaimed Travis. "You messed up our puzzle! We just got all the pieces sorted out, and now look at it!" "I help," insisted Amber, stirring the pieces around. "Here," said Beth as she took an easy puzzle from a shelf. "You work this one. Ours...
"Are you ready for Bible club this afternoon?" asked Eric's mother one morning, "or should you learn your memory verse before you go out to play?" Eric looked at the ball and mitt in his hand, then at his mother. "I don't mind going to Bible club and...
"It finally came!" Eric said, eagerly tearing open the package that had come in the day's mail. "Here's the special pen I ordered. It can write in four different colors. And look--it has my name on it." Eric pointed to his name, stamped in gold, on...
"Are we almost there?" Noelle asked, eagerly leaning forward from the back seat of the car. "I can't wait to go swimming!" "There it is!" Cameron shouted as the car rounded a bend in the drive and the little cottage came into view. Dad parked by the...
"Brittany," said Mom as she stood in the doorway of the family room one Saturday morning, "you've wasted half the day watching cartoons. How about doing something constructive, like writing a letter to Great-Grandma Nelson?" "Do I have to?" Brittany...
"I was invited to join the Kool Kats Klub," Alex proudly announced one night. "Ain't that cool?" "Isn't that cool," Mom corrected him. "I don't know. What do these Kats do?" Alex shrugged. "They have meetings and talk and . . . and do stuff together,"...
A Better Ride
Devon and his friend Max looked around the playground on their first day in second grade. Max pointed out two empty swings. "Hey! Let's go swing!" he said. "Okay!" Devon agreed. The boys ran toward the swings, and as they got closer, Devon saw that...
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