Gone From These Woods
“I didn’t want to go rabbit hunting with Uncle Clay on that cold November morning. But I went. Now I have to live with what happened for the rest of my life. It was just an accident. A careless accident. The rabbit ran away. Clay fell beside me. But he wasn’t dead. Clay couldn’t be dead . . . “
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On the day Daniel Sartain will remember for the rest of his life, the chilly morning air feels damp and smells of fallen leaves. He stands in the woods of rural Georgia before daybreak with his role model, best friend and father figure, Uncle Clay, and dreams of being back home under warm blankets. Hunting in the Sartain family woods has been a tradition since it was a necessity for the first Sartains who came to Georgia over 100 years ago, and Clay insists that Daniel take part in the family custom. But when Daniel’s gun accidentially fires and Uncle Clay goes down, the woods around Daniel fill with deafening silence and he is left to wonder what will become of him now.
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Coming Soon: Spelling Bee: Josh Versus Tiffany
From the beginning: Josh caught the woolly worm as it crawled up the playground fence. He wasn’t a big-time bug fan. But his prickly creature looked useful, he thought, hading toward a group of girls by the slide.
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On his way to wreak havoc, Josh almost stumbled over the new girl, Tiffany Ash. She was sitting on the grass, studying. He watched her mouth move as she chewed spelling words with pure enjoyment, as if they were gum.
Tiffany had transferred to Hartfield Elementary’s fifth grade in October from a school across town. Josh knew she’d made it all the way to fourth place in last year’s national spelling bee competition. He’d heard all about the Spelling Bee Queen. Everyone called her Tiffany Cool because of her calm way of spelling words.
Tiffany Cool. Josh glanced at the woolly worm, then back at the girl. So what. Mom had taught him how to spell the longest word in the dictionary when he was six: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis . . .