The New Neighbor

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TheNewNeighbor “I’lllendittoyouafterIfinish,” Clarasatinherroomone saidBecca.“Ihaveabouttenpages Saturday.Shewasbored.Allofher left.” friendswereawayfortheday.She “Youwouldlendmeyour hadnoonetospendtimewith. book?”askedClara. “Whydon’tyouplaywith “Sure,”saidBecca.“Allmy Becca,ournewneighbor?”asked friendsandIusedtopassbooks Momasshewalkedby. aroundafterwereadthem.” “Wehavenothingincommon,” “Wheredidyoulivebeforeyou saidClara.“Shedoesn’tplay movedhere?”askedClara. soccer,andsheisn’tindance “InAlaska.Dadworkedthere,” group.WhatwouldIsaytoher?” saidBecca. “Maybeshelikesotherthings “Wow!”saidClara.“Haveyou thatyou’denjoy,”saidMom.“You everseenpolarbears?” shouldmakefriendswithher.” “OncewewentuptoBarrow Claradidn’ttakeMom’sadvice. andsawsome.Didyoueverread Instead,shesatbyherselfandread SecretintheIce?Thattakesplace oneofherMysteryPalsbooks.She inAlaska.” likedreading,butshewouldhave “Ilovedthatbook!”saidClara. enjoyedabikeridewithafriend.It “It’sgreatthatyoulikemysteries wasnofunridingalone. too!Ihavetotakethesethings Thatafternoon,shewalked hometoMom.What’syourphone downtheblocktothestore.She number?Icancallyoufrom neededtopickupafewthingsfor home.” Mom.Onherwayhome,she ClarasaidBecca’sphone passedthenewneighbors’house. numbertoherselfallthewayhome Thegirl,Becca,wassittingonthe torememberit.Assoonasshegot frontstep.Beccawasreadingwhat home,sherantowritethenumber lookedlikeaMysteryPalsbook. down.Hermothersaid,“Wasthere BeccalookedupandsawClara. alonglineatthestore?” Claracamecloserandsaid,“Hi! “No,IwastalkingwithBecca. Whichbookisthat?” Shelovestoreadmysteries,too. “It’sUndertheSevenOaks,” Mom,canIaskheroverlater?” saidBecca.“Itjustcameout.Have youreadit?” “Ithinkthatwouldbenice,” “No,”saidClara.“Ididn’tknow saidMom.Shewassmilingasshe aboutthisone.” lefttheroom. ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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