Little Slave Girl
Published by: eXtasy Books
Author : Judy and Keith
Word Count :7180
Publication Date :2016-03-14
Series : #
Heat Level :
Category : Juvenile
- Product Code: 978-1-4874-0652-3
A young girl goes missing. Does it have anything to do with the story she's reading for school?
Nicole and James have a summer reading project. It sounds boring, but they both really relate with the main characters, and take it in turn being the little slave girl. Then Nicole goes missing. Are there clues in the story for James to find?
It was the last week of school, and James, who was nine, wasn’t really listening as Mrs. Kadwalla, the English teacher, droned on and on. She caught herself just before her head hit her desk, and guiltily looked around. Had anyone seen her? Her friend, Nicole, was looking in her direction, and her hand was covering her mouth. It looked like she was giggling, and unsuccessfully trying to hide the fact. I’d better listen, James thought. It’ll be just my luck Mrs. Kadwalla will give us an assignment to do over the vacation.
“... I’m sure you’re all looking forward to the vacation. Three months is far too long not to read, so I have an assignment for you all. You are to read the Little Slave Girl by Gillian Goodwin, a local author. She always tries to incorporate details of the surrounding countryside in her storylines. You’ll get extra credit if you can identify the locations in this story. I’ve arranged with the school library for thirty copies to be available. You’ll be able to sign the book out over the vacation, and it will be due back on September tenth. Don’t lose your copy or you’ll have to pay for it. To make the assignment easier, I want you to work in pairs, and submit a joint book report. This report will be worth ten percent of your first semester’s grade, so don’t ignore it. You have been warned.
“If you submit a list of books you have read over the summer break, you’re eligible for extra credit. But, here’s the catch, I reserve the right to ask questions about the books you claim to have read. If I decide you’ve put books on the list you haven’t read, I’ll penalize you a full grade. So, be honest.
“The library will be open today and tomorrow straight after school. Don’t panic, there are plenty of copies of the Little Slave Girl.” The bell rang. “Remember to tidy up before you leave. I don’t want to find any mess on the floor after you’ve gone to your next period.”
James quickly pushed her books into her backpack, picked up a scrap of paper off the floor, and walked out with Nicole. Nicole would be ten over the vacation, and was a couple of months older than James. She had long brunette hair, which was a joy to comb, a mischievous face with freckles, and was an inch shorter than James at four-feet-five.
“I saw you nodding off in class. You’re lucky Mrs. Kadwalla didn’t spot you.”
“I know... English literature isn’t my favorite class. Shall we team up to read the book?”
“Of course, you’re my best friend, and with the most unusual name... for a girl.” Nicole gave James a hug.
James chuckled. “Yes, it’s a family tradition for the firstborn whether girl or boy. My dad’s name is James and my Granddad’s.”