Page 17*- Do Over?

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Not crazy about this one…will do it over…

At recess, Minji and Carlos taught Lily how to play Kick and Cover.

Lily ran up to the ball and tried to kick it.

She missed. By a lot.

Kevin, Minji and Carlos laughed out loud.

And to their surprise, so did Lily!

“Try it again!” They urged her.

She tried to kick the ball again. But missed even worse than before.

 

The all laughed so hard, they fell. They hadn’t laughed that hard in a really, really long time.

 

*From Kevin the Complainer (publishing date coming soon)

Page 16*

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Kevin thought for a few minutes.

Lily just smiled and shrugged.

In the silence that followed, Kevin felt calmer. Lily’s reaction (or, rather, lack of reaction) to his complaints gave him space to think.

 

She left a lot of space.

 

And he realized that he just might be wrong.

 

 

*From my next book, Kevin the Complainer

Page 15*

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“Well, yeah. I’m right…and they are…wrong.”

Kevin felt something in his chameleon gut. It all felt untrue.

Lily just kept eating.

“OK, maybe they’re not completely at fault. Maybe I get hot-headed and too passionate.”

Lily continued to look into his eyes, listening to him. 

There was no judgment, anger or fear in her eyes. She was listening to him, completely.

 

 

*From my next book, Kevin the Complainer

Page Ten*

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Carlos and Minji continued to ignore Kevin. Day after day, Kevin remained silently hopeful, only to be crushed by dismissal bell.

One day, Ms. Meretta made an announcement.

“Class, we have a new student. Her name is Lily. Please introduce yourselves throughout the day and make her feel welcome.”

The new student walked to her desk and sat down.

 

*(From my next book, Kevin the Complainer)

Page Nine*

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The next day, Kevin was hoping Minji and Carlos would pretend yesterday never happened. But when he asked if they would play Kick and Cover at recess, they made excuses and said no.

They had never said “no” before.

 

*Book-in-progress, Kevin the Complainer

Page 8* (tentatively)

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“Well, then I QUIT!” Kevin stormed off.

 

It was awkward at lunch. The three always ate lunch together.

Minji and Carlos were eating their lunch and Kevin had to sit by himself.

He was sorry, but couldn’t bring himself to go and apologize.

So he ate his cricket sandwich with jackfruit jelly and felt sorry for himself.

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*From my next book, Kevin the Complainer