GENRE: MG adventure
Most kids get something like an iCube for their birthday. Twelve-year-old Hunter got an entire valley, a link to a tribe of ancient Thunderbirds and the daunting job of saving the world from drought. No biggie, until he comes up against what it means to have the last of anything—everyone else wants it too.
Hunter raced home as fast as his bike would take him. Normally when school let out early, he’d go explore some part of the city he hadn’t seen before. But today was Gotcha Day, and he had some serious questions for Mom and Dad.
“Hunter!” Alejandro shouted from behind. “Wait up!”
Hunter glanced over his shoulder. Alejandro pedaled hard to catch up, and Hunter slowed as he rode between the sun-baked stalls of the abandoned farmer’s market.
“What’s the rush, man?” Alejandro panted as he pulled alongside. “It’s like you can’t get home fast enough.”
“It’s Gotcha Day,” Hunter said. “Mom and Dad are waiting for me.”
“Okay, but why the hurry? I mean, it’s not like your parents are going to un-adopt you if you’re late.”
“I guess.” They couldn’t un-adopt him, but they might wish they could. Hunter was pretty sure they weren’t going to like what he had to ask.
Mom and Dad were great. Hunter had totally lucked out with them. But every time he asked about his birth parents, he got the same response: They’d wanted to keep him, but couldn’t, and Mom and Dad would tell him more when he was old enough.
He’d turned twelve two weeks ago. He was old enough now. And after what he’d found in the library today, there was no way he was waiting any longer.
The community pool flew by on their right, iron gates chained shut. They had been for as long as he could remember.