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 14*

 

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“Yeah! And I was just playing and being good, you know?  That’s what makes it fun! They’re just mad because I was winning.”   Kevin was burning with indignation.

“Is that so?”

“Yeah! And now they’re ignoring me. I bet they want me to apologize. But I won’t. I refuse. It’s a matter of principle.”

“Is that so?” Lily continued to eat her lunch.

“Yes! I am right. They are wrong. Period!”  Kevin fumed.

“Hm. Is that so?”  Lily popped a flower bud in her mouth.

Kevin stopped and looked at Lily.

 

 

*of 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