TITLE: PIRATE ISLAND
GENRE: Middle Grade
“Psst, Jack,” whispered Andy.
My best friend leaned over the side of his desk and grinned at me. I ignored him. It was the first day of school. Whispering in class wasn’t exactly the best way to make a good impression on our new social-studies teacher.
“Ahoy, matey,” he whispered a little louder.
I ignored him until a sticky, slimy spitball smacked against the side of my neck. A second one quickly followed. Hitting me with spitballs was a bit much, even for Andy. I figured I’d better answer before he attacked again.
“What?” I asked out of the side of my mouth.
“Avast,” he whispered. “Meet me in ye library after school.”
I had no idea why Andy was talking like that, but I had a feeling it meant trouble. One time he used a weird voice to pretend a dead squirrel could talk. Then he thought it would be fun to hang it across a dark street and wait for a car to come by. That didn’t exactly end well for anyone.
“Ye library?” I asked.
“The…public…library,” Andy said real slowly, like I was too stupid to understand him.
“What’s at the library?” I asked.
“Arrgh. Pirate treasure,” he said with that same big grin on his face.
I admit it; I was curious. The public library isn’t one of our usual hangouts. Andy doesn’t even like to read. He was up to something. Every year it seems Andy has some crazy new idea.