TITLE: Bouncier Than a Rubber Ball
GENRE: Middle Grade
We have red, white and blue rules in our house. The white rules are things like don’t stick a buttery knife in the jam or slam the door on your way out. Blue Rules are a little more serious – don’t give the dog Gummi Bears or draw on the walls. And then there are Red Rules. Do not hide in the fridge. Do not sword-fight with skewers. And do not ever touch mum’s prototype sneakers.
In my defense, Dad always says, “Remember that there are exceptions to every rule.” When he says that he’s actually talking about English grammar rules, but the sneakers were exceptional. It made perfect sense. At the time.
The sneakers were grass green with a bright pink flash down the side. But that’s not what made them special – they were special because they were Wall-Walkers. One of my mum’s yet-to-be-approved sneaker designs.
My mum invents all kinds of sneakers. They’re ‘performance enhancing’ which is just a posh way of saying ‘better.’ The first sneaker she designed was for runners. They had a hole at the front and the back – a tiny motorized fan sucked air in at the front and another blew it out at the back, making the runner extra fast. She’s also made special sneakers for soccer players (with ribbed tips to give extra grip on the ball), shot putters (added weight to give more swing power) and basketball players (containing a special bubbly liquid for extra bounce).