Adam Joshua Capers: The Show and Tell War

Adam Joshua Capers: The Show and Tell War

by Janice Lee Smith, Dick Gackenbach
     
 

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Back to school. It's that time of year again. And Adam Joshua's worst fear has come true. His enemy, Elliot Banks, is in his class! But that's just the beginning of Adam Joshua's problems. His baby sister, Amanda Jane, and his dog, George, aren't even lonely at home without him!

Then there's the BIG problem.Show-and-tell used to be fun. Now it's a showdown. And

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Overview

Back to school. It's that time of year again. And Adam Joshua's worst fear has come true. His enemy, Elliot Banks, is in his class! But that's just the beginning of Adam Joshua's problems. His baby sister, Amanda Jane, and his dog, George, aren't even lonely at home without him!

Then there's the BIG problem.Show-and-tell used to be fun. Now it's a showdown. And Elliot Banks is cheating. He only brings expensive stuff to show. How will Adam Joshua top two bags full of toys that cost a fortune?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064403122
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1990
Series:
A Trophy Bk.
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Chapter One

Adam Joshua didn't mind school, but it always came when he least expected it and usually when he had the most to do.

It was back.

He wasn't ready.

He had planned to do a lot of things this summer, and none of them were finished yet. Some of them weren't even started.

For one thing, he and his best friend, Nelson, had planned to do a bunch of things to the tree nouse they shared together. Adam Joshua wasn't exactly sure what all of them were, but he knew they would have gotten around to most of them sooner or later.

Also, Adam Joshua thought, he had wanted to work more at teaching his dog, George, tricks. George had a long way to go before he knew most of the things a dog was supposed to know.

Adam Joshua stopped thinking and looked around his room for George. His closet door was open, and George was in there, buried in the piles on the floor, chewing on toys and having a terrific time.

Adam Joshua crawled in the closet too, and started unburying George. There was a crayon on one of the piles, and Adam Joshua scooted the rest of the pile over so he'd have room to sit on the closet floor and make a list on the closet wall.

"Tree house,"they shared together. Adam Joshua wasn't exactly sure what all of them were, but he knew they would have gotten around to most of them sooner or later.

Also Adam Joshua thought, he had wanted to work more at teaching his dog, George, tricks. George had a long way to go before he knew most of the things a dog was supposed to know.

Adam Joshua stopped thinking and looked around his room for George. His closet door was open, and George was in there,buried in the piles on the floor, chewing on toys and having a terrific time.

Adam Joshua crawled in the closet too, and started unburying George. There was a crayon on one of the piles, and Adam Joshua scooted the rest of the pile over so he'd have room to sit on the closet floor and make a list on the closet wall.

Tree house "he wrote. " George."

Adam Joshua thought. He wrote "Amanda Jane" on the list, because his baby sister needed to learn about as much as George, and it was up to him to teach her.

"write a book," he added. He had never told anybody he wanted to write a book, but he did. He always thought he'd use one summer to do it, but he hadn't yet.

"Things to do nextsummer," he wrote at the top of his list so he wouldn't forget which list it was. Then he took three comic books off the top of George, took a Space Spy from his mouth, dragged him out of the closet, and slammed the closet door.

Adam Joshua went up to the tree house to see if Nelson was there. He thought if he told Nelson the way he was feeling about school, maybe he'd feel better about it.

Nelson started talking the minute Adam Joshua showed up.

"It's not that I mind school, Adam Joshua," Nelson said. "I even like school. But I had a lot of things I thought I'd do this summer, and there's only a week of summer left and I haven't done most of them yet."

Adam Joshua started to say something about his list.

"And," Nelson went right on, "I've really been worrying about starting school. There are a lot of things to worry about."

Adam Joshua hadn't gotten around to worrying yet.

"For instance," said Nelson, "I'm scared to death that Zed Davis will be in my class again. Last year he kept taking my milk money and pouring glue in my desk, and once at recess he sat on top of me until the bell rang."

All of a sudden, Adam Joshua felt awful. He'd forgotten that he had to worry about a boy named Elliot Banks being in his room again this year.

"And," said Nelson, "I'm terrible at math, especially anything that has a six in it. It seems to me," he said, shaking his head, "that they use more sixes every year.

"Then, " said Nelson, "I know we're not going to get to be together, because we never get to be together, and I'm worried about the kind of teacher I'm going to get."

Nelson stopped to take a breath, and Adam Joshua started to say something.

"But most of all, " said Nelson, "I'm really going to miss my fish."

Adam Joshua hated Nelson's fish, but he could understand that Nelson might miss them.

Because he was going to miss George.

"I feel a lot better now," Nelson said, watching Adam Joshua climb down the tree-house ladder. " Was there anything special you wanted to talk about?" he asked.

"Not a thing," Adam Joshua said, going back into his house so he could put a few more lists on his closet wall.

George slept on Adam Joshua's stomach each night, and each night Adam Joshua told George the things that he worried about most.

Once in a while George listened, but usually he fell asleep.

In the nights before schooI started,George slept through Adam Joshua's worrying about a lot of things. Adam Joshua worried about his Ls the way Nelson worried about sixes. Every time Adam Joshua wrote an L, it seem ed to,turn around the other way, which didn'tbother him at all but seemed to bother teachers quite a bit.

"I'm going to get another teacher like that," Adam Joshua told George. "Some-one who's going to worry about Ls all the time." Last year he'd had two teachers. The first was Mrs. Thomas.

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