Vampire Bugs: Stories Conjured from the Past

Vampire Bugs: Stories Conjured from the Past


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ISBN-13: 9780385320825
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

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Akiba Yaeger was eleven years old when she met one of the spirits of Singing
Creek. All her life she'd been standing on the back porch listening. Listening
to the twisting water below.

"What are you doing, child?" asked Grandfather.

"Oh, nothing," said Akiba, "just listening."

Grandfather was quiet a minute. Sunlight bounced on the water. "Well, I'm
listening, too," he said, "but I don't hear anything."

"Don't you hear it?" Akiba said, closing her eyes. "Don't you hear the song
in the water?"

Grandfather shoved Akiba's schoolbooks into her hands. "I don't hear nothing,"
he said, "because there's nothing to hear. That song in the creek business
is just an old tale."

"But I can hear it in my ear," argued Akiba.

Grandfather lifted an eyebrow. "Well, since you're so smart, just what is
the song the creek is singing?"

Akiba shrugged. "I can't make out the words. All that I hear is burble,
But I know folks are singing in there."

——-from "Akiba's Singing Water"

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