TITLE: Fairy Finders
GENRE: Early MG
Lily yanked Skylar behind their favorite oak tree on the playground. The two girls kneeled behind the gnarled old trunk, knees touching.
Lily leaned in toward her best friend, “I found fairy pictures in my mom’s closet yesterday,” she whispered.
Skylar nodded and twisted the hem of her skirt.
Lily grabbed her by the shoulders. “Not drawings, real pictures.”
“The last section is taped shut and it says ‘beware,’” Lily said in a spooky voice.
“What was in it?” Skylar asked, breathless.
“I was hiding under the clothes with a flashlight. That’s not a good place for reading secret pages.”
Skylar eased back and sighed.
“I was alone,” Lily repeated, “but I snuck a picture to show you.” She pulled out a grainy black and white photo from her back pocket.
Skylar snatched it away and smoothed it across her lap. “Wow. The wings look like spiderwebs,” Skylar said, tracing the shape of the wispy wings.
“I know,” Lily squealed. “Some look like dragonfly wings and some have feathers like birds.” She pulled another piece of paper from her pocket.
This time Skylar squealed. “You brought me one, too!”
“Rose made you a copy.”
Skylar touched one of the web-like wings, accidentally smudging the tip. Even the tiny nose and lips were drawn perfectly. “Wish I could draw like this.”
Lily nodded. Rose was Lily’s four year old sister who drew better than an art teacher. Both girls kept a notebook of Rose’s fairy drawings.