TITLE: Star Crossed Rascals
GENRE: Chapter Book
I knew I was in big trouble when Aunty Mabel's eye twitched. My tummy churned as I shuffled towards the door, ready to bolt. Why did I go and tell her what I did? I must be the dumbest seven-year-old in the whole world.
Aunty shook a knobbly finger at me. "Polly, you'd better be joking."
"No," I said, twisting my hands together. "I really did scrape bubblegum off the footpath."
Aunty Mabel screwed her face up like she'd eaten a rotten egg. "Eww," she said. "Why would you do such a dirty thing?"
"Umm, well," I said. "It was like this. I wanted to make a giant gumball. So I collected lots of bubblegum from the pavement. Some bits were stuck to the ground like tiny pancakes. I had to dig them up with my fingernails. But some pieces were like big raisins just sitting on the curb saying, 'Pick me, pick me!'"
"What?" Auntie Mabel's eyes bulged. "Polly, don't tell me you put them in your mouth."
I giggled and said, "Well, I had to mould them together, didn't I?"
"What do you mean, mould them together?" she barked.
I shrugged. "With my teeth, silly. I chewed them up good, but it took me
ages 'cause some bits were full of grit and my jaw started aching." I smiled
at Aunty. "But guess what? I had a much bigger gumball than Gertie. Mine was
so big - I couldn't even close my mouth. And, I won the prize."