It is time for First Pages, Would You Read On? Let us know what you think of today's courageous writers first page. This is written for the 7 - 11 year old reader, so please keep that market in mind as you read.
“But why can’t we go, too?” Madeline whined.
Madeline Anastasia Theodora Star, or as she liked to be called Mat, and her younger brother, Danny, wanted to go along on the missionary trip with their parents, however, they both knew they couldn’t go.
“You know we’re going away for three months this time,” Mom said. “Next time, when we go on a shorter trip, you two can tag along.”
“You kids will be going on your own exciting adventure,” chimed in Dad. “You guys are going to Grandma Theodora’s house for the summer.”
Madeline was named after both of her grandmothers: Anastasia and Theodora. They had not seen Grandma Theo since Mat was four and Danny three. Now, Mat was 10 and Danny was 9 and they thought that staying at their Grandmother’s house all summer would be totally lame.
“But Dad, there’s probably nothing to do there and we’ll be bored.” Mat stated.
“Yeah,” Danny agreed, “Staying with someone old all summer is no fun.”
“Danny,” Dad scolded, “She’s your grandmother and we are all a family that loves each other. Besides, Grandma Theo can’t wait to see you guys. She’s been telling all her friends about you.”
Oh great, Mat thought. Pinched cheeks and gray-haired people telling you old-time stories all the time was not her idea of fun. This was sounding worse and worse by the minute.
“We leave in two days, so pack your bags for the beautiful town of Turtle Creek in upstate New York!”
“Ugh!” Mat and Danny both agreed- this was going to be their worst summer ever!
Last weeks First Page submission was from published author Eddie Jones. Just one of his WIP's in progress. Congrats go out to Eddie on his recent sale, a 3 book Middle Reader Mystery series sold to Zonderkidz's. If you are the parent or grandparent of a child this age, be sure to check out Eddies books. They offer a fun read to children of all ages. :-)
He appreciates your comments and suggestions, many of which were posted on FB under Diana's post of this page.