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Along Came Eric by Gus Clarke

By Gus Clarke

From the author of "Eddie and Teddy", runner-up for the mum Goose Award, this ebook tells the tale of an older baby dealing with a brand new child within the relatives. It tells how all people loved Nigel and the way, better of all, Nigel loved being Nigel. Then alongside got here Eric.

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Forest laughs, he wheezes. His chest rattles. His belly jiggles. ” He winks at me. That’s my signal to fetch him a cold beer. Then he plays a game of crib with Corporal Ray. ” I hunker down and crack open the first book. Just the smell of a new book gives me shivers. ” This past winter I read The Red Badge of Courage, Old Yeller, Robinson Crusoe, The Swiss Family Robinson and Treasure Island. They’re right up there with my mother’s old collection of Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldens. Thanks to Mr. Forest and the books and Coach Rigby and the running, I got through the long Grand Canyon winter and spring.

What I was thinking is anything, anything, anything, if it means you coming back from this ocean of silence we’ve all been drowning in. If you and Corporal Ray will keep laughing together. Just like this. Dad went to get the poor toe x-rayed. I can’t help it. I still have to laugh remembering the look on his face that day as he hopped around my room like some one-legged kangaroo. I’ll always be able to say the first and only time my father raised a hand to me, he raised a foot instead. And broke his toe.

I squirmed. She had a stare that could burn right through to the inside of me. “I was intrigued by the metaphors on your exam,” she continued. Just as I thought. She liked the throwing up one, so I knew which one she meant. “‘My mother is a bleached-out dishrag full of holes’? ” I was very close to saying no, she’s not, in fact she’s gone missing and doesn’t seem to know or care I am alive. But I just looked at the floor. It was stifling hot in the room. Someone down the hall started pounding on the piano.

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