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Reubenís dad loved airplanes. So itís no surprise that he took Reuben
and cousin Mary Ellen to the Oklahoma Air Races of 1933. But what
happened at the races was a surprise to Reuben not a good surprise!
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"The winning ticket is number eight twenty-nine!" announced the loudspeaker.
"The lucky winner gets a ride in the passenger seat of our Oklahoma Champion.
Stand by, everybody!"
"Didn't win!" said Mary Ellen. She shredded her ticket and it floated
to the ground many sections below our feet...I held my breath and curled
my ticket. It slid from my fingers to the safety of the grass below.
Mary Ellen's eyes followed me like a horsefly. If she found out that
I chickened out of my winning airplane ride, Mary Ellen would tell the
whole school before anyone could so much as pledge allegiance Monday morning.
She grabbed my ticket from the bench below us where it landed, and waved
it around for the world to see.
"Number eight twenty-nine! You won, scaredy-cat!" Mary Ellen
pointed out each of the three numbers. "Girly-pants mama's boy! she
sang. "I'm telling the whole class that you have little tiny rosebuds
on your underpants and you're a 'fraidy cat of the airplane!"
Reuben does go on the plane ride, but he doesn't like it one bit.
So how does he end up walking along the wing of an airplane while
itís flying high in the air? Read WINGWALKER by Rosemary Wells to
find out. (Melissa Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL)