TITLE: Snow Day!
GENRE: MG - adventure/magical realism
Fifth graders take on the seemingly impossible challenge that has eluded previous classes for decades: find a way to make it snow hard enough to get school cancelled.
There are Mondays and then there are Mondays… and I’ll give you three guesses what day of the week it was when I first met her.
As soon as I was out of my mom’s line of sight I yanked the embarrassingly purple mittens off my hands and stuffed ’em roughly back into my coat pockets. I was in absolutely no hurry to get where I was going. My twerp of a kid brother, on the other hand, was far more motivated. In fact, he had skipped so far ahead he’d already rounded the corner. Little runt. Yeah, you could safely say he was more excited about a full day of learning than I was. Whatevs.
I could sympathize with the broken sidewalk which led to where I didn’t want to go. It didn’t react well to the winter. I didn’t react well to that time of day. Cold and I get along just fine. Mornings and I are another story entirely.
And then it happened. There was, ohhh, maybe about a twelve second span where I was wasn’t able to see or hear either my mom and my wart of a brother, and, even though I didn’t know it at that time, those were the finest twelve seconds of my entire Monday.
It was on that thirteenth second that my brother came flying back around the corner yelling my name and flailing his arms. Good ol’ lucky thirteen.
“D.C.! D.C.! D.C.!” the toad screamed.