Excerpt from \"The Magnificent Makers 5\" by Theanne Griffith
North American (General)
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slurp. Pablo sucked an imaginary string of pasta through his lips. No way, said Violet with squinting eyes. She tucked a few stray kinks of hair behind her ears and crossed her arms. That's impossible, I promise. That's what happens if you get too close to a black hole, replied Pablo. I read all about it. You get stretched like a long piece of spaghetti. Well, I'm glad there aren't any black holes close to earth, said Violet. I can't become a scientist if I get turned into a noodle First, The two Best Friends Giggled. They sat cross legged in the center of the Newburgh meadow with tall grass and scattered flowers fluttering in the wind around them. The field was dotted with Newburgh elementary students and their families. This month's field trip was outdoors and everyone was waiting for the sun to go down tonight. They were going to watch one of the largest meteor showers ever recorded in Newburgh history. Did you know a meteor shower happens when lots of tiny bits of space rock come close to earth and burn up? Asked Pablo, and one long breath. Sometimes people call them shooting stars, but they're not even stars. Pablo could hardly contain his excitement. Yes, you told me yesterday and the day before that Violet laughed. Pablo and violet had been best friends since Pablo moved from Puerto Rico to Newburgh in 1st grade. They play soccer together in the park after school or share a delicious pickle on their walk home. But this week Pablo had spent all his free time in the library reading about Meteors and other space objects. Both Pablo and Violet loved learning about science. But space was Pablo's favorite and he wanted to make sure he remembered everything for tonight's field trip. Pablo's mom called from across the meadow. It's almost time. She held her watch in the air and tapped it. Only 15 more minutes until sunset. Violet's dad was standing next to Pablo's mom. He gave Pablo and Violet two thumbs up. Pablo tilted his head back and looked at the deep purple and pink sky. One day he was going to watch a Meteor shower from the window of his very own spaceship. That had been his dream ever since. He could remember even though some of his cousins would tease him about it. They said he was too forgetful to become an astronaut. But today he was prepared. Hi! Said a voice suddenly Pablo and Violet looked over their shoulders. It was their friend Deepak. Hey said Pablo. He hired a pair of binoculars hanging around Deepak's neck. Where did you get those? They belong to my mom. She let me borrow them for the meteor shower. They're kind of heavy though. Deepak removed the binoculars and set them in the grass. Then he plopped down next to Pablo. This is going to be so awesome. Deepak rub the palms of his hands together. It won't actually rain. Meteors tonight. Right violent asked she bit her lip and looked up at the darkening sky, nah replied Deepak. Most Meteors are too small. They just burn up. That's true. But did you know thousands of Meteors still hit Earth every year, added Pablo. I wouldn't be surprised if. Tonight, oh no, look out. Violet yelped and covered her face with her hands. Nothing happened. She peeked through the cracks in her fingers and saw Pablo and Deepak smiling. Not funny Pablo, she said. Then she smiled too.
Child, Kid Next Door, Narrator, School Boy, Teenager, Animated, Bilingual, Child-like, Cute, Energetic, High Energy, Playful, Scientific, Smiling, Upbeat, North American (General), Spanish (Latino)