By Sharon Creech

Mary Lou Finney is lower than enthusiastic about her task to maintain a magazine over the summer season. uninteresting! Then cousin Carl Ray involves stick with her relations, and what begins out because the uninteresting puppy days of summer time fast becomes the wildest curler coaster experience of all time. How was once Mary Lou believe to understand what may occur with Carl Ray and the hoop? Or together with her boy-crazy ally Beth Ann? Or with (sigh) the completely crimson Alex Cheevey? all of sudden an uneventful institution venture turns into a checklist of the main intriguing, impressive, unimaginable summer time of Mary Lou's existence. yet what if her instructor really does learn her magazine?

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So I waited and waited. I even tried making noise upstairs, like turning on my radio. Mom said, “Turn that off! ) I waited a little longer and decided to go ahead 25 and do the vacuuming in the other bedrooms and the hallway, so all I would have left to do would be Carl Ray’s room. ” When Mom says “Mary Lou Finney,” she means business. I kept calling Beth Ann, about every fifteen minutes, telling her Carl Ray still was not up and I couldn’t leave until I did maid service for him. Finally, at twelve thirty, Beth Ann said, “It doesn’t sound like you’re ever going to get out of there.

Maybe I’ll try reading it tomorrow. I read a couple poems in the Robert Frost book. Some are okay, but some are very strange, like the one in the front about a pasture. Someone is going out to the pasture and tells someone else to come along too. That’s about it, really. ) sandwich, and I think even that was better than the one about the pasture. Wednesday, June 27 The worst thing happened today. After dinner, Mom and I were in the kitchen (Maggie was still over at the Furtzes’) and the phone rang.

And he punched the little squirrel flat and ran out of the room. ) tomorrow night at DiMaggio’s Funeral Home, which is about two blocks from our house. ” I asked. I’ve never seen a body before. Except on TV. Mom looked at Dad. ” “Maybe they should, Sam,” my mom said. ” 59 “Oh, pleeeease,” said Dennis. ” said Maggie. ” said Tommy. He didn’t even know where we were going. Carl Ray, of course, didn’t say anything. He must have been wondering if he was still going to have a job now, with Mr. Furtz dead and all.

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