TITLE: Lilly Washington's Presidential Adventure
GENRE: MG Contemporary
When twelve-year-old Lilly Washington finds a mysterious diary with entries from the 1870s, she goes against the wishes of the school principal and embarks on a wild adventure to find an undiscovered time capsule mentioned within its pages. What she finds could uncover long lost secrets from the Civil War. That is, if she isn’t expelled first.
Sunlight pours in my bedroom window like a cheerful smile, even though it’s the day I’ve been dreading all summer. The first day of middle school. New school. New kids. New teachers. Higher expectations. Commence freak-out.
The knot in my stomach tightens as I pace back and forth across my room. After seven full steps, I stop, coming face to face with Abe Lincoln. My hero. Most of my friends have posters of Justin Bieber hanging on their walls. I prefer Abe.
Turning on my heel, I recite the Gettysburg Address out loud. It's the one thing that always calms me down when I’m nervous.
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth ...”
"Lilly, breakfast,” my mom yells from downstairs in a singsong voice.
“... on this continent a new nation ...”
"Come on, come on, come on. We're already late." My little brother Teddy says, sticking his head in the door and waves his arm at me to follow him. He's wearing the Thomas the Train shirt he’s been begging to wear every day for weeks. It looks like he got carried away with the hair gel again. Either that, or the slicked back look is the hot look for the second grade this year.
"I'll be down when I'm ready." It comes out mean, which usually bothers me. But not today. I want to be left alone.
He sticks his tongue out and skips down the hall toward the smell of bacon.
“... conceived in liberty ...”