TITLE: Seven Riddles to Nowhere
GENRE: MG Mystery
Kameron Boyd wanted to faint. But fainting isn’t something a seventh grade boy does in front of his classmates. To keep from passing out, he gulped repeatedly. He knew Mrs. Harris was watching him.
He looked into her eyes, hoping his pathetic puppy dog look would work the same magic on her as it worked on his mom. However, the reflection on Mrs. Harris’s tortoise shell glasses made it impossible to tell.
Two seats over, Delta Parsons waved her hand wildly.
The teacher shifted her gaze. “Yes, Delta?”
“Mrs. Harris, don’t you think this assignment might be a little . . .” Delta lowered her voice, “well, you know, impossible for Kam?” She inclined her head slightly in his direction.
At his desk, Kam winced. Delta was only saying out loud what everyone must’ve been thinking. There was no way Kam could get up in front of the class and talk. He couldn’t talk in front of adults in school. For that matter, he couldn’t talk in front of adults outside of school either. He could talk to Mom and Gram at home. Home was different, but Kam hadn’t talked to an adult outside his home since kindergarten.
Mrs. Harris adjusted the orange scarf tied over her purple top. “The Illinois State Standards say we must evaluate every student on their public speaking skills.”
Delta’s eyes widened. “Don’t get me wrong, Mrs. Harris. I love the idea of giving an oral presentation on a famous person.”