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Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces by Carly Anne West

Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces by Carly Anne West

Author:Carly Anne West
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 2018-06-14T17:00:00+00:00


I throw a pair of pajamas into my backpack and forgo my toothbrush to make space for the audio manipulator. It’s built, and all we need now is to add the prerecorded audio. I survey my bag’s contents and decide that pretty much covers all I’ll need.

Downstairs, as I slip on my shoes, Dad and Mom watch me a little too closely.

“Excited for your big sleepover?” Dad asks.

“Dad,” I say, wincing.

“Sorry, your super grown-up, totally not-a-big-deal hangout where you might wear pajamas and might not sleep.”

“That’s not better,” I say.

“Just remember to brush your teeth,” Mom says, and I swear to the Aliens she can see straight through my backpack to my missing toothbrush.

“Uh-huh.”

“And say thank you,” she says. She’s still irked that the Petersons haven’t bothered to come by, but to her, “please” and “thank you” are holy words.

“I will,” I say.

“And solve the mysteries of the universe,” Dad says, and Mom gives him a look.

“What?”

“Are you implying that manners and hygiene are impossible requests of our son?”

“Lu, he’s twelve. He’s barely human at this age.”

I decide to end things before they get ugly. “I’ll say thank you,” I tell my mom, and she smiles like she’s won. “And I’ll ponder the meaning of life,” I tell Dad, and he gives me a dorky thumbs-up.

As I cross the street, I do ponder, but not about life’s meaning. I wonder how in the world I’m going to ask Aaron about everything I read in the old newspapers about Golden Apple Amusement Park, about his dad and Mya. Because there’s not even a sliver of a chance that I’ll be able to stop myself from asking.



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