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Excerpt #22, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #22, Rocking-Chair Moon

Mountain View Intermediate School (4-5)   Snake-Naked —Ben   Tonight, like all the other nights of all the other late-summer...

Excerpt #21, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #21, Rocking-Chair Moon

Running Machine, Too —Ben I’m a running machine, I’m a running machine, legs like pistons, breath like steam. Where’s that...

Excerpt #20, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #20, Rocking-Chair Moon

Bad News, Good News —Carly Mom came home with a bookstore bag under her arm and a smile on her...

Excerpt #19, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #19, Rocking-Chair Moon

Big Kid Now —Ben Third grade’s not so bad. I miss Mrs. Sweeney, but sometimes she stops and asks me...

Excerpt #18, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #18, Rocking-Chair Moon

Half-Empty —Carly Through the sliver of an opening in Mom’s door I can see her lying on her messy bed,...

Excerpt #17, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #17, Rocking-Chair Moon

Hairy Legs —Ben I don’t know why I have to sing about an eensy, weensy spider. When Mr. Ellison, who...

Excerpt #16, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #16, Rocking-Chair Moon

Tears —Carly Mom cried when we stood beside Grandma’s grave and Father Gill talked about ashes and dust. She cried...

Excerpt #15, Rocking-Chair Moon (Catching Up)

Excerpt #15, Rocking-Chair Moon (Catching Up)

Phone Call, 4:23 A.M. —Carly Wide awake, wide-eyed in the dark, wrapped in a cozy blanket on the rug by...

Excerpt #14, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #14, Rocking-Chair Moon

Expecting a Call —Ben Grandma hasn’t come to visit us for a long, long time, and Mom says she’s not...

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