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It was going to be the best vacation ever...
But two days before her trip to Washington, D.C., with her best friend Zoe's family, Cricket Kaufman trips on a curb and winds up on crutches. Worse still, Zoe invites Sara Jane Cushman to go to Washington in Cricket's place! Now Cricket's friendship with Zoe seems as injured as her ankle. All she has to look forward to are seven days stuck indoors. It's going to take some serious creativity to turn ...
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It was going to be the best vacation ever...
But two days before her trip to Washington, D.C., with her best friend Zoe's family, Cricket Kaufman trips on a curb and winds up on crutches. Worse still, Zoe invites Sara Jane Cushman to go to Washington in Cricket's place! Now Cricket's friendship with Zoe seems as injured as her ankle. All she has to look forward to are seven days stuck indoors. It's going to take some serious creativity to turn this woeful week into a lucky break!
Cricket's spring break turns out to be pretty eventful, even though her broken ankle means she cannot go to Washington, D.C. with her best friend as they had planned.
One Wednesday in early April Cricket Kaufman was walking home from school. It was just two days before the spring vacation. Even though Cricket loved school, she was delighted that the week's holiday was almost here. She had so much to look forward to.
One of Cricket's fifth-grade classmates, Lucas Cott, was walking home too.
There were days when the two of them got along just fine. After all, even though there were four sections of each grade at the Edison-Armstrong School, for some mysterious reason Lucas and Cricket had been in the same class every year.
There were some days, however, when Cricket wished she could say some magic word and just make Lucas Cott disappear. Today had been one of those days. He had belched, not once, not twice, but three times while she was in the midst of reading her book report aloud to the class. After the second belch Mr. Flores, their teacher, had scolded him. Lucas claimed it was because of the franks and beans he had eaten for lunch. Then he gave his third belch.
Cricket had serious doubts about whether *it was the food inside Lucas that had caused him to act that way. Lucas had a reputation for pulling pranks and being a pain.
"Hey, Cricket," Lucas yelled. "Wait up."
"Why should I wait for you?" asked Cricket in disgust.
"All right. Don't walk with me. See if I care," said Lucas. "Is it true that you're going to Washington, D.C., with Zoe Mitchell during the vacation?" he called to her.
At this Cricket had to stop. "Yes," she said, beaming proudly. "It was all arranged last night. Zoe's mother called my mother and invited me. Herfather has to attend some sort of conference there, and Zoe and her mother and sister are all going along."
Zoe had hinted to Cricket that perhaps she could accompany them on their trip. But when the invitation actually came the evening before, Cricket had nearly burst with excitement. She had never been to Washington. There was so much to see and visit there: the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum. They all were places she had heard about. The invitation was one of the most wonderful things that had ever happened to Cricket.
"So how come you're going too?" Lucas wanted to know.
"Zoe's parents decided that Zoe and Halley could each bring one friend. They're going to get two hotel rooms, and the kids will sleep in one and the grown-ups in the other. I've never stayed in a hotel before. Have you?" she asked Lucas.
"Yeah. Once when I was a baby. But I can't remember it at all, so it doesn't count." Lucas looked at Cricket. "You're really lucky," he said. "I'm not going anywhere 'or doing anything during the spring break."
Cricket shrugged. "You'll probably be busy goofing off with Julio and the other guys," she told him.
"Yeah. Maybe we'll go to a movie or something ,during the week. But I wish I could go away someplace special like you," he admitted. "Lucky duck."
"Well, when you think about people like Helen Keller, we're all lucky," Cricket pointed out. Helen Keller had been the subject of her book report. When Helen Keller was a little girl, she had gotten very sick and as a result had become blind and deaf. It had been very interesting to read about her. Everyone in their class had read a biography of someone famous. Lucas had read about a man named jean-Henri Fabre, who had spent his whole life studying bugs. That was just like Lucas, to find something gross to read and write about.
"What did you get on your book report?" she asked him now.
"A," Lucas said.
Cricket wondered if Lucas was telling the truth. Of course she had gotten an A. She almost always did. And Mr. Flores had even written at the end, of her report, This is an excellent job. Congratulations. She wondered if he had written anything on Lucas's paper.
The thought of the words on her book report and the anticipation of the super trip ahead of her put Cricket in a wonderful mood. She really felt like the luckiest person alive.
Turning toward Lucas, she said, "Did you ever think what it would be like if you were blind?" While she was working on her report, she had sat in her bedroom with her eyes closed and tried to imagine it. Pretending that she was blind like Helen Keller, she had even gotten up from the chair by her desk. She had walked all the way to the door of her room without bumping into anything.
"Yeah," Lucas admitted. "And deaf too. Which do you think is worse?"
"Deaf," said Cricket without a moment's hesitation. She had given the matter serious thought while she was writing her report. "If you're deaf, you can't hear voices or music or anything."
"Yeah, but if you're blind, you can't even walk without falling over things-unless you have a Seeing Eye dog, of course," said Lucas.
"I bet I could walk all the way home without using my eyes and without a dog" Cricket asserted. "If you know the way, it's easy."
"I bet you can't," said Lucas.
"Can too," said Cricket.
"Can't," said Lucas. "I'll bet you." He stuck his hand in his pocket and held out a nickel and three pennies and some lint. It wasn't very much. "I'll bet you my new wristwatch," he said, pulling up the sleeve of his jacket to show it off.
"You can't bet your watch," said Cricket.
"Why not? It's mine. And besides, you won't win it."
"Yes, I will," said Cricket firmly. "Watch me. Here I go....Spring Break. Copyright © by Johanna Hurwitz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
|1.||A Bad Break||1|
|2.||Stuck at Home||11|
|3.||Mr. Flores Pays a Visit||23|
|7.||In the Middle of the Night||64|
|8.||Surprises from Zoe||72|
|9.||Mr. Flores Is Speechless||79|
|10.||A Shoe on Each Foot||92|
|11.||Cricket Gets a Letter||103|
Posted April 28, 2005
Posted June 1, 2004
i loved the book. i know how it feels to break your ankle. i broke mine in a different way. but she missed her break and a time with her best friend while someone else went with her friend insted of her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2003
I like this book, Spring Break, because it has someone named Cricket who broke her ankle by tripping on a small rock with her eyes closed. I like books where someone gets hurt because I know how it feels when I get hurt. It was sad when she tripped. I know it would hurt if I broke my ankle. Cricket has to stay home for spring break when all of her friends went away to Washington D.C. I felt happy when Cricket enters a stamp contest. People who like to read about someone who broke an ankle doing a dare for their friend would like this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2000
This book was great! I had to do a 'Book Sale Presentation' for my Language Arts class. This was the book that I used. I love this book and I got a good grade on my project too! Johanna Hurwitz writes so many good books! I love her books, especially this one! GO BUY OR CHECK OUT THIS BOOK NOW- and thanks for your time ~Alyssa~Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.