TITLE: The Ups and Downs of Bobby Lane
GENRE: Middle Grade Contemporary
Bobby glanced nervously around. All was quiet, for now. But who knew what was waiting beyond the fence? He quietly climbed the rope ladder. The green net and wooden supports hid his movements. Reaching the top, he slowly raised his head, just enough to see beyond the edge of his fort. He knew he could be seen. If the enemy was there, an attack would be swift and hard. He braced for battle. He held his breath. He stood perfectly still. 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. Bobby slid down his wooden slide and plopped into the swing. Another whole day with nothing to do.
“This has been the worst summer ever!” he yelled. A startled squirrel jumped into the air.
Bobby pushed a stone with his toe as he twisted back and forth on the swing. He tried not to feel sorry for himself but he couldn’t help it. Danny was on a great vacation in Disney World. All Bobby’s friends were on vacation now, the week before school started.
It’s not fair. Why did Dad’s bank have to fail? Why can’t he get another job? I can’t believe I actually want school to start.
Bobby leaned over and rested his head in his hands, almost tipping the swing out from under him.
Arf, arf, arf, arf!
“Fluffy!” Bobby screamed. If Fluffy was home, so was Danny.