By Steve Brezenoff
Fourteen-year-old Ben Summers has all started seeing issues. while he strikes right into a massive urban condo along with his dad and older brother, Ben meets a tender neighbor who retains disappearing. while he eventually follows her, she leads him into threat!
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Um, nowhere,” Ben said. ” Forrest asked, raising his eyebrows. ” asked Ben, trying to change the subject. “I was hungry,” said Forrest, “and I heard some banging outside in the alley. ” “Uh, I met some kids and played some basketball,” Ben said. Ben didn’t like to lie to Forrest. ” 52 53 Besides, what chance would Forrest and Ben have against those two boys? The boys looked like they’d been in a lot of fights before. They looked like they usually won those fights, too. *** That evening, when he climbed into bed, Ben wasn’t tired at all.
He clicked on his flashlight and shined it into a long hallway. His flashlight shed light on trash on the floor, cracked tiles, and peeling paint on the ceiling and the walls. The plaster was moldy and crumbling away in some places. 44 “Forrest was right,” Ben whispered to himself. “This building is abandoned. ” Suddenly Ben felt something scurry across his foot and he jumped. “It’s just a rat,” he said to himself, looking down. The dirty rodent squealed and darted through the open door and out into the alley.
His dad called down. Ben stood for a moment in front of the door, trying to feel annoyed at his dad. But for some reason, he was almost relieved to go back upstairs. *** Ben sighed when he stepped into his bedroom. Most of his bags and boxes were still packed up, and his walls were completely bare. This will take all afternoon! he thought. Ben emptied a suitcase onto his bed. All his clothes and the extra sheets and blankets for his bed came tumbling out. 40 “Ugh,” he said, looking down at the pile he’d have to fold and put away.
Alley of Shadows by Steve Brezenoff