TITLE: Darcy Towers
GENRE: Middle Grade, Contemporary Mystery
I wanted to win it for more than just the giant bag of Red Vines, but to feel like I was part of something again; beyond being the new kid, even. It was a scavenger hunt, only on the library website. Some kids were having problems finding things, but not me. I was a clicking and scrolling queen and libraries were my specialty.
“Red Coyotes for the win,” I yelled, shooting my answer sheet up in the air. Several counselors shushed me. We were in the library after all. When the librarian came to check my answers the entire room froze, waiting for the verdict. My head lit up with tingles.
“Snap, Lauren. How’d you do that so fast?” Shahad whispered.
“My mom worked at the library. We’d go all the time,” I whispered back. “It was this thing we did: Find a book on the computer, get it from the stacks, and flip to page thirty-three.”
“What’s on paging thirty-three?” Shahad asked, jabbing Claire so she could hear me too.
“The answer to a question.” It made me giggle thinking of the good old days.
“What question?” Claire wanted to know.
I giggled again, “Who would win in a fight: The Headless Horseman or the Easter Bunny? The answer is the first full sentence on that page. It’s really funny.” We were all laughing now and it got even rowdier as the librarian declared us, the Red Coyotes, the winners. Six boys, plus Claire and Shahad, all piled in on me, shrieking.