TITLE: Walking in Webbed Feet
GENRE: MG - Fantasy and Science
Magically transformed into penguins, eight-year old Clara and her brother are attacked by skuas. Clyde the Penguin asks: when do skuas really pose a danger. To get home, the kids must find the answer…. This series wraps fantasy in science, pleasing fans of Bill Nye and the Magic Tree House.
"I saw him!" said Henry. He pointed to the bushes.
"Sure you did," said Charlotte. The leaves glowed in the afternoon sun. They looked as green as her lunchbox. Her empty lunchbox.
"But I did see him!" said Henry.
The school bus drove away. Their kitchen seemed far.
Henry grabbed her arm. "Look!"
Charlotte looked. Like she had a choice.
She saw oak trees. She saw the twisty creek.
"I don't see any penguins," said Charlotte.
Charlotte marched toward their home. She didn't want to play with Henry. She wanted a snack.
"You wouldn't see penguins," said Henry. He sounded cross. But he followed her down their long driveway. "It's one penguin."
Henry loved to imagine animals. Yesterday they had seen a Komodo dragon. An imaginary Komodo dragon. Today was a penguin. An imaginary penguin.
But Charlotte was almost nine years old. She was too old for Henry's games. At least sometimes. Like now.
"Henry," she said. "Penguins don't live in forests. They don't live in Illinois. They only live in the Antarctic."
"Du-uh," said Henry. He didn't sound cross anymore. He just sounded annoying. "That's why we need to look for him. He's lost!"
Her little brother never gave up. "I think he's just fine where he is," said Charlotte.
"What if he's hurt?" asked Henry. "We have to help him."
"It's hard for a pretend penguin to get hurt," said Charlotte.
"No, it's not," said Henry. "Maybe a leopard seal got him."