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By Holly Goldberg, Stephen Adams
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It was a breezy day at the Bear Mountain County Fair. Stevie and his little brother, Freddie, were riding the Ferris wheel, eating candy apples, and counting their tickets for the next ride. Up in the sky, the big, puffy, gray rain clouds were moving in. The rumbling and crashing sound of thunder could be heard in the distance.
As Stevie and Freddie were getting in line for the next ride, a gust of wind blew through the fair. The two brothers grabbed their hats as they started to fly off their heads. Leaves started to spin in circles on the ground and in the air.
"Do you think we'll have time for one more ride?" asked Freddie.
"Sure! We have just enough tickets to ride the bumper cars," replied Stevie.
As the brothers neared the front of the line for the bumper cars, the roaring thunder grew louder. Dark clouds hovered above the fairgrounds.
Bang! Crash! Roar!
Stevie froze, his hand reaching to the carny, holding out three tickets. He looked up into the sky.
The air became colder, and the wind felt like ice. A few random raindrops began to fall upon the dry grass.
"Freddie, put on your raincoat, and let's go on one more ride!" shouted Stevie.
Stevie and Freddie looked around at all the bumper cars and chose the ones they wanted to drive.
"All right, boys and girls, make sure your seatbelts are buckled. The pedal on your right makes the cars go, and the pedal on your left makes the cars stop. In just two minutes, the light will turn green, and away you go!" the carny announced.
3 2 1 ...
The children of Bear Mountain County filled the air with laughter as they crashed into one another–until the sound of thunder roared above them.
"Stevie, why is it so loud?" shouted Freddie as he was jolted from bumping into his brother.
Not sure how to answer his little brother's question, Stevie shrugged. Just then, a loud buzzing sound rang through the arena of bumper cars. Their turn was over. They unbuckled their seatbelts and walked down the ramp.
An older boy tapped Stevie's shoulder and introduced himself. "Hi, fellas. My name is Robert. I'm in fifth grade, and I can tell you why the thunder is so loud."
As the three boys walked together, Robert pointed to the sky. Fat raindrops were falling fast. Other children were leaving the fair with giant stuffed animals and goldfish in plastic bags.
"You see, boys, those clouds are doing nothing more than crashing into each other," explained Robert. "It's no different than us driving those bumper cars and crashing into one another. Now when something hits something else, there has to be a noise. That's all the thunder is–just two clouds bumping into each other."
Freddie took a deep breath, looked up at the sky, and then looked at Stevie and nodded his head with a smile.
Excerpted from Bumper Clouds by Holly Goldberg, Stephen Adams. Copyright © 2013 Holly Goldberg. Excerpted by permission of AuthorHouse.
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