TITLE: Molly Gumnut Saves a Bandicoot
GENRE: MG - Contemporary fiction
Molly Mavis Gumnut clambered up a knobbly old gum tree and pulled herself onto a crooked branch. As she wriggled her bum to get comfy, the bough shook, dropping leaves in the river below. “Yipes!” She hugged the trunk and held on tight. Sometimes she jumped in for a swim, but not from this height.
“Come down,” yelled her best friend, Lara. “You’ll fall.”
“No, I won’t!” Molly inhaled the fishy odour and giggled as a mullet shot out of the salty water, then belly flopped with a splash. This was her most favourite spot in the whole world.
A red speedboat whizzed by and a girl waved. As Molly waved back, a movement on the riverbank caught her eye. “Look, Lara!” She pointed. “A water dragon.”
“Awesome.” Lara tiptoed towards it and clicked her camera, but the lizard plopped into the river and disappeared.
“Poop,” said Molly. “You missed it. That coulda been the front page for the school calendar.”
Lara shrugged. “No biggie. We’ve got heaps of time.”
Molly smiled at Lara’s freckled face. “Two days? That’s not long, silly. Miss Button said to hand it in by Monday.”
Lara swung her camera over her shoulder and strolled further along the bush track. “I’ll keep looking then.”
“Wait for me!” yelled Molly. Her long messy ponytail gathered cobwebs and bark as she scrambled back down. Shaking her head and neighing like a donkey, she galloped through the woods to catch up with Lara.
“Quiet,” whispered Lara, holding her finger to her mouth.