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By Beverly Cleary

Falling in Love . . .

Shelly fells as though she's dwelling in a fantasyland. She's spending the college yr in southern California, the place plants bloom in November, oranges develop on timber, and lawns are mowed in wintry weather. while the big name of the basketball staff smiles at her, Shelly feels as though she's been contact through magic. Now she's approximately to find the magic of falling in love!

A bittersweet tale of old flame from one in all America's so much cherished kid's authors.

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Shelley was once so embarrassed she didn't know the way to respond to. it appears Katie had made her the sufferer of a realistic comic story. And simply while she was once commencing to suppose comfy, too. “All olives are sour until eventually they've been cured,” Tom defined. “Katie was once hoping on your no longer figuring out that. ” “She definitely stuck me,” acknowledged Shelley, dealing with to grin to teach she used to be an excellent game, even supposing she didn't consider like one. If this used to be a part of Katie’s tough age, she didn't prefer to imagine what the remainder of the wintry weather can be like. “It tasted so lousy I don’t see how somebody ever considered consuming them within the first position. ” “You comprehend, that's precisely what i've got constantly wondered,” stated Katie, smiling warmly at Shelley for the 1st time, as though now that they had whatever in universal. “Well, i assume I had greater cross do my practising. ” “Mother, she’s simply attempting to get out of the dishes,” protested Luke. “She regularly will get out of the dishes. ” “I need to perform, don’t I? ” requested Katie virtuously as she rose from the desk. “Yes, you do,” agreed Mavis, “but that doesn’t suggest you get out of the dishes. ” Katie heaved a sigh that confirmed she used to be exhausted, abused, and misunderstood through her relations. Then she disappeared into the home, and chords crashed out of the piano within the front room. while Katie settled all the way down to play, Shelley notion she performed strangely good for a lady of 13. The tune she well-known as Liszt’s moment Hungarian Rhapsody, yet whereas she listened, the rhapsody became unexpectedly and logically into Pop is going the Weasel. “Katie! ” yelled Tom in a voice that will have carried throughout a fitness center filled with shouting boys. The song stopped. “But Daddy,” protested Katie. “It suits there. See, the song is going like this”—she established with a number of notes—“and then it simply certainly desires to become Pop is going the Weasel. Like this. ” “You persist with the notes as they're written,” ordered Tom. Mavis sighed. “She has expertise, yet she easily doesn’t care. ” Katie accomplished enjoying Pop is going the Weasel. the remainder of the relatives persisted to take a seat less than the pergola whereas darkness fell. Shelley peered at her watch. “It is getting darkish highly early,” she saw. “That’s since you are farther south. one thousand miles makes an important distinction within the time darkness falls,” Tom defined. Why, I knew that, Shelley concept without notice, however the details had by no means appeared actual ahead of, any further than igloos or the overseas date line or loads of different issues in schoolbooks appeared genuine. formerly this have been a truth to be realized, saved away, and pulled out back to be placed down on a try out paper if that question occurred to be requested. Now she had particularly traveled, had obvious prior to her eyes the issues she had discovered approximately at school. all at once Tom rose to his ft. “There’s a whole moon,” he introduced. “Let’s do the bathing. ” For a second Shelley idea she should have misunderstood, yet Mavis acknowledged matter-of-factly, “That’s an excellent thought. I’ll assemble up the laundry. ” Shelley used to be uncertain how she may still react, so she provided to clean the dishes.

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