TITLE: The O'Malley Curse
GENRE: MG - Adventure
To break the family curse and heal his defective leg, Finn O’Malley, a twelve-year-old boy, embarks on a dangerous quest with his eccentric grandpa to find Old West treasure hidden by outlaw ancestors.
The fourth teenager hiked past me as I limped up Scar Mountain. I clutched the sled on my good side, opposite my bum leg, using it as a cane. The air was heavy with humidity, left over from one of those crazy Amber Storms, and my T-shirt was soaked. I heard shouts – they were sledding the ravine. I tried to climb faster.
We weren’t supposed to be here. Climbing, heck, touching Scar was against the law, but this is what kids from Wakanda did after an Amber Storm. The storm hits, with raindrops sharp as a wolf’s fangs and winds so strong the mountain sways, and carves a ravine down Scar that no kid could resist the urge to sled. Then the grownups would ruin the fun and fill in the ravine. Today, we lucked out because grownups were trapped at work, but kids were out of school.
And we were gonna sled.
More teenagers passed me. One knocked the sled out of my hand. “Finn O’Malley’s sledding? This should be good for a laugh.”
I picked up the sled, noticing younger kids were heading toward me. I groaned, knowing I’d get to the top with ten-year-olds. I gritted my teeth and forced myself up the steep slope covered with wildflowers and spongy moss the color of tea. My leg ached, a sensation starting in the hip and shooting to my toes. I was used to that, the daily pain. I wasn’t looking forward to what my father nicknamed, “Finn-being-stupid-pain.”