TITLE: UNITED STATES MYSTERIES: RACE TO BUTCH CASSIDY'S GOLD
GENRE: Middle Grade Mystery
Twelve seconds until summer vacation. Maggie’s eyes locked on the jerking hand of the classroom clock that counted down the last seconds of sixth grade. Someone in the back of the room began chanting, “Ten, nine, eight—”
Everyone else joined in, “Seven, six—”
No more homework! Maggie thought.
No more books!
No more teachers’ dirty looks!
RRRRINGGGG!! The class erupted into cheers.
Maggie jumped out of her chair and slung her pink backpack over her shoulder. She waved good-bye to her teacher, Mrs. Davis, and slipped out the door where her best friend Lyndsay was waiting.
“Hey Lyns!” Maggie said, nervously glancing at her watch. If she was going to make it home in fourteen minutes, she needed to hurry.
“I know you have to go,” Lyndsay said, “but I wanted to give you this.” She held out a small gift bag tied with a pink bow.
Maggie smiled. “You didn’t have to get me a present.” But she took the bag anyway, untied the bow, and looked inside. Wrapped in tissue paper were five brightly colored pens and a small roll of postage stamps.
“It’s so you can send me a postcard from each state you visit this summer,” Lyndsay explained.
“Thanks,” Maggie said, giving Lyndsay a hug. “I’ll call you as soon I get back.” Lifting the gift bag she added, “And I’ll write you from each state.”
Maggie looked at her watch again. “Sorry Lyns, but I’d better go.”