As I promised yesterday, I'm going to share a little bit from my new book, DANIEL THE CAMP-ER. You won't see this excerpt shared anywhere else, guaranteed, because I know what excerpts everyone else has. Muahaha!
In this part of the story, our hero, Daniel, has located his camp counselor, Marq-with-a-Q, and is trying to convince him to help with an eight-legged problem.
The Spider Menace, a.k.a Great-Great-Great Grandpa Milton
Marq-with-a-Q’s eyes grow big. “No, no, no! Why would I do that?”
“Because it’s a blood-sucking spider.” Duh.
“I’m sorry, Daniel, but I can’t be involved in the killing of a species on the brink of extinction.”
I blink. “Huh?”
“You haven’t heard about that? It’s huge, huge news,” he says. “I’m not surprised you haven’t learned about this in school. They don’t want you to know that, at this rate, spiders will be extinct by the year 2025.”
I sigh and tap my foot. “Yeah, well, could they at least hurry that up a little bit? I’d take extinction over a spider making himself at home in my brain while I’m sleeping.”
Marq-with-a-Q makes an unhappy tut-tut noise. “Daniel, Daniel, Daniel. Think about what you’re saying. If we didn’t have spiders, our entire ecosystem would be thrown out of whack.”
“Who’s killing spiders?” Rain Stevens pops out of nowhere and touches my elbow with his cold hand. I scream, shrill and loud.
“Girls, quiet down!” Camp Director Corto calls out without even looking up from his packet of veggies roasting over the flames.
“Don’t do that,” I gasp, but I’m not sure anyone can hear me over the pounding of my heart.
“My great-great-great grandfather Milton came back as a spider. A wolf spider.” Rain’s lower lip wobbles. “Please don’t kill spiders.”
“Well, your great-great-great grandfather Milton is creepy,” I say. I don’t even know what Rain’s talking about, but I don’t plan to find out.