TITLE: The Ups and Downs of Andrew Lane
GENRE: Middle Grade Contemporary
Andrew waited in the overwhelming silence, alert to any sound that would reveal an enemy attack. Quietly scaling the rope ladder he peered over the top of the fort. If the enemy was there, an attack would be swift and hard. He waited for the familiar battle cry. But it didn’t come.
Arrrrg. Why isn’t Danny home yet? He said he’d be home today. Andrew slid down the slide and plopped into the swing. Another whole day with nothing to do.
Arf, arf, arf!
“Fluffy!” If Fluffy was home, so was Danny.
Andrew climbed back up the slide and looked over the fence into Danny’s yard. Yes! Danny was tugging a duffle bag across his front lawn.
With two giant leaps across the top of the fort Andrew reached the slide that went right into Danny’s yard.
“Hi, Mr. Brown,” Andrew said as he ran past Danny’s dad.
“Hi, Andrew. How’s your dad? Is anything new?”
“No job yet, but he has some good possibilities.” Did Mom really think saying that was fooling anyone?
Andrew grabbed the strap of the bag and helped Danny lift it into the house.
“How was it?” he asked.
“It was great! Best vacation ever. Anything new here?”
A big smile crossed Andrew’s face. “Yeah, Mrs. Trenton isn’t coming back and they can’t find a new teacher. We could start third grade with a sub!”
“That’s great! Remember the sub last year? She couldn’t find the schedule or the art room or anything.”