TITLE: The Enamel Gnome
GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy
I never knew a loose tooth could get me killed. Or put the whole Earth at risk. I never thought I’d end up fighting giants and ghouls either. I mean, who’d believe that? Not me, Hank Payne. Not Andi Breamer either.
She waited for me by the hedge that marked the entrance to Foshar park. She grinned when she saw me running over, so I flashed a huge smile and wiggled my tooth with my tongue. Her forehead crinkled. She hated my loose tooth. That’s why I kept showing it to her.
“Hey, Andi. Watch.” I tapped my tooth to make it swing. Then I spun it so it stuck out.
Andi pushed back her curls and puckered her face. “I can pull it if you want, Hank. It won’t hurt. You don’t want to choke on it, do you?”
I pushed my tooth back into place. “I know it won’t hurt. It’s just cool.”
“Cool? You’re weirder than my brother,” said Andi. “I wasn’t like that when I was ten.”
I snorted. “That was only three months ago.”
“So.” Andi flicked a horsefly off her arm. “What did your dad say about the snake?”
I’d only shown Katy Frost a corn snake. It wasn’t my fault she screamed, slipped off her bike and landed in a ditch. My dad freaked, as usual, after Katy’s mom told on me.
Andi laughed. “I doubt that.” Then she squinted at some cedars, tilted her head and moved closer.