Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

Melody DeFields McMillan

Language: English

Pages: 33

ISBN: 1551439492

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Addison Addley hates math. He hates public speaking too. Actually, he hates anything that involves work, but he only has a couple of weeks to write and memorize his grade five speech. The problem is, he can't think of a single topic. When he finally comes up with an excellent idea for a speech, it almost writes itself, but it's his poor math skills that make speech day unforgettable.

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really high.” Everyone laughed and then looked at me as if I was a complete moron. Which I was beginning to think I was. Everyone knows dogs can’t whistle. “Some people believe in microwaves,” I stumbled on. Now that was even more stupid. Why couldn’t I remember anything? It felt as if those six lines had suddenly decided to take a vacation. Even if I had remembered them, I realized that I didn’t actually know much about any of the things on my list. I guess I should have paid just a bit more

That’s how this whole mess started in the first place, looking for things that weren’t there. Maybe I could talk Mom into buying a new video game with spaceships and aliens instead. She’d have lots of stars to look at then. I finished up the page I was working on and went upstairs to bed. Boy, was I tired. My brain wasn’t used to working that hard. I was sure I’d be seeing numbers all night in my sleep. Maybe I could get Sam to help me out the next day. I’d come up with a really incredible plan

wormholes. Like I said before, you’ve got to have an open mind about these things. Or at least half of one. Melody DeFields McMillan grew up in the countryside in southwestern Ontario and now lives in Simcoe, not far from where she grew up. As well as being a writer, she is a teacher and the mother of a daughter and a son. When she isn’t writing, she is enjoying nature. Feather Brain Maureen Bush 978-1-55143-877-1 $7.95 • 136 pp Ten Thumb Sam Rachel Dunstan Muller

I heard the word “ghosts” two more times. Two plus one equals three. That much I know. It had to be three-peater Sam. “What the heck are you trying to do—give me a heart attack?” I half yelled. I didn’t want to wake up Mom in the downstairs bedroom. “Ghosts. They might be there with you right now,” Sam said. Great. I really needed to hear that. Suddenly that downstairs room looked good. “Knock it off!” I said. “I’m trying to sleep.” “So many people believe in ghosts,” Sam explained in a

Miss Steane had told us the order of our speeches. I was scheduled to go last on Wednesday, the last day. I told you Miss Steane was the best. She probably knew I still hadn’t written a word. I was starting to get a bit panicky about it, but I was sure I could pull it off. I still had a week. Good things come to those who wait, someone smart—maybe my dad—once said. I was really good at waiting. As long as it meant putting off work. The Lamp cornered me at recess. I tried to hide behind Sam but

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