The year is 1838 and Ellie's grandmother has arrived all the way from England. Ellie is horrified to discover that the forbidding old woman intends to take her back to Britain to be raised properly. Ellie is determined that she will not go, but what can a nine-year-old girl do in the face of an adult with her mind made up?
About the Author
Becky Citra is the author of over twenty books, ranging from early chapter books to novels for young adults. She was an elementary schoolteacher for over twenty–five years and began writing for children in 1995. Becky's books have been shortlisted for and won many awards, including the Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow, the Silver Birch and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. For more information, visit www.beckycitra.com.
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Grandmother's steel gray eyes flickered past me.
She saw the rows and rows of black stumps. She stared at them for a long time. Then she shuddered and said, "It's worse, much worse, than I ever imagined."
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I walked into the underground gym in my athletic uniform. Black and red tight pants. Combat boots. A black tea shirt that i tucked into my pants. My brown hair pulled into a tight ponytail on the top of my head. I walked over to where Max sat on the ground in our corner. If i wanted to i would have put Max in charge of the whole plan. But i was the cause of the accident and i needed to be the one to make things right. Plus Max would never make such a rookie mistake as i did. I owed him. "Hey Cam." He said as i sat down. "Hey Maxy." He replied to me with his glare that could make you cowar. But i was used to it. He hated being called Maxy. "What do you think we are doing today?" I asked as i looked around the gym searching for any kind if hint but all i got was a little bit if blood on the ground. Our teacher Mr. Arget came in and immediately started calling roll. "I have to tell you something Max." I whispered. "What?" Max said after his name was called. "I will tell you in a little bit." I said as roll call was over. "Ok kids. Today we are goin on a self defense mission in the mountains so grab a jacket. And for you two." He said as he stared me and Max down "are gonna pass off some moves here. To eachother. No supervision by an actuall human being. But remember there are cameras and i will be checking them." Slowly the class left. Leaving me and Max alone. I ran over to the corner and called out to Max. "Take out all of the cameras." He didnt hesitate like i thought he would. He went straight to work. When all of the cameras were disabled i sat down in the middle of the floor. Max sat in front of me and nodded telling me to carry on with what i was gonna tell him. "I have a plan... a plan to get the freedom we have been longing. I am breaking out of this prison. And you Max Farron are gonna come with me." Authors Note: the next part is on the next book. HAZEL