GENRE: MG adventure
We have your sister.
Give us what we want, and you’ll get her back unharmed.
Tell anyone or go to the police, and Electra dies!
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I have a mind-blowing secret that I have to keep under wraps till Dad’s birthday in four days time. It's not quite ready for the big reveal yet.
Bond, my Old English Sheep Dog lies across my feet while I work.
‘We’re on the home stretch, old boy.’
‘Wumph!’ Bond opens a shaggy eye and winks.
‘We’re a slug’s nose from the finish. What can go wrong now?’
Hunger grabs me. I gently peel Bond’s head off my shoes and wander inside.
Mum’s in the kitchen, microwaving watermelon muffins.
‘Like one, Halogen?’
I stiffen, shake my head. Mum only ever calls me Halogen when she’s got something serious to say. Why would you call a kid Halogen at all? Mum was a science teacher before she turned watermelon farmer. Unluckily for us, her particular interest was electricity. And to make things worse, our last name is Watts? My sister, Electra and I can’t agree on who got the worst deal.
I’m about to Frisbee a crumpet into the toaster, when Aunt Fiona walks in.
The crumpet falls at my feet! I’m sunk! Aunt Fi’s a journalist with a longer nose than Pinocchio. She’d sniff out a story buried 100 feet underground. How will I keep her out of the shed for the next few days? How will I stop her discovering my secret?