By Candice Ransom
Ages 9 to 13
Chapter One: Never Wear Seven Pairs of Underpants
Convicts can spot a runaway right off the stick. I found that out too late.
I was trudging down Coolbrook Road, a big fat lie of a name if there ever was one.
The brook was invisible, unless you counted the dried-up gulley running alongside. And I would have had to catch on fire first to cool off.
Twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie wants to spend her summer at the Ice Age Kids’ Dig and Safari where kids discover prehistoric bones, right alongside real paleontologists. But digs cost money and Rebel is broker than four o’clock. Instead she must spend her summer watching her seven-year-old nephew, Rudy, who picks out clothes for people’s funerals before they are dead, while dealing with the next-door bully, the across-the-street pageant queen, and Doublewide, the enormous cat that came with her sister’s trailer.