THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
as he was drifting off to sleep, Owen heard the faint clatter of the train
approaching in the distance. It got louder and louder, and then he heard
something else…a thud, the creak of splitting wood, a tumbling sound… something
had fallen off the train in the woods! He couldn’t wait till morning, so
he could go and explore. Maybe he’d get his buddies, Travis and Stumpy,
to go with him…but they had to keep it a secret from bossy, know-it-all
Viola next door!
The boys couldn’t believe what they found… It was big and red and made of metal. One end was rounded, like the nose of an airplane. It had a small propeller and short, stubby wings. There was an enclosed compartment with large, bubble-shaped windows. On the side of this marvelous, mysterious object, painted in black letters, was a name: Water Wonder 4000. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2011-2012)
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