Amelia Bedelia Means Business (Amelia Bedelia Chapter Books, by Herman Parish

By Herman Parish

Younger Amelia Bedelia will do virtually something for a glittery new bicycle. Her mom and dad say they'll cut up the price along with her, and that suggests Amelia Bedelia must placed the pedal to the steel and earn a few dough! With Amelia Bedelia something can occur, and it always does.

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The wave had come from the south of east. Broken trees pointed the trail. Everyone would have been on the shore, around the big fire. Would they have heard the roar of the wave above the crackle of the flames? Would they have known what it meant? If they had been quick, they would have headed up Big Pig Valley, to the higher ground beyond the fields. But some of the wave would already have been roaring up the eastern slope (all grassy there, nothing much to slow it up) and they would have met it pouring back on them.

The gods would have to sort it out. He was too tired. It was near sunset when he dragged the last body to the beach and was about to wade out to the current when his body told him: No, not this one. This is you and you are very tired but you are not dead. You need to eat and drink and sleep. And most of all you must try not to dream. He stood for a while until the words sank in, and then trudged back up the beach, found his makeshift shelter and fell into it. Sleep came, but brought no good thing.

There were footprints there, not large, but they had no toes. He stood up very carefully, and looked around. The creature with no toes was watching him, he was sure. Perhaps . . perhaps the Grandfathers had sent it? ‘Thank you,’ he said to the empty air. The Grandfathers had spoken to him. He thought about this as he gnawed the mango off its huge stone. He’d never heard them before. But the things they wanted . . how could a boy do them? Boys couldn’t even go near their cave. It was a strict rule.

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