Authors: Tony Abbott
The moment he reached for the doorknob, Mr. Kruger shuffled in front of him. “Forbidden!” he said.
a scream suddenly filled the shop.
It was Holly! Sean whirled around just in time to see a furry white cat fly across the room and dive for a piece of little silver fish that had fallen off the flying pizza. Anchovy!
“Fluffy, no!” cried Mr. Kruger. “Not the stinky fish!” The tall man pushed his cat away from the anchovy. The cat flashed its eyes and snarled. Then it jumped on the table and began to slurp up the water from fake Lake Lake.
Mr. Kruger shuffled over to Sean, leaned down, and stared in his face. “You like it here, I can tell.” Then he paused and said, “You will be back.”
The man said it quietly and simply. As if it were a command.
You will be back.
Then Mr. Kruger rolled his hands over and over as if he was going to pick up a sandwich and bite it.
Sean's tongue got thick. He couldn't say a word. He felt all jittery and nervous again and he didn't like it.
He shoved past Holly and ran out the door.
About the Author
Over the last two decades, Tony Abbott has written dozens of mysteries, comics, and adventure books for young readers aged six to fourteen, with series including Danger Guys, the Time Surfers, the Weird Zone, Underworlds, Goofballs, and the long-running fantasy series the Secrets of Droon. He is also the author of the fantasy epic
and the realistic novels
(winner of the 2006 Golden Kite Award for Fiction),
(winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery), and
. Among his latest novels is
The Forbidden Stone
, the first installment of the twelve-book saga the Copernicus Legacy. Tony has taught on the faculty of Lesley University's MFA program in creative writing, is a frequent conference speaker and visitor to schools, and presents workshops to creative writers of all ages. His websites include
, and the literary blog
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Copyright Â© 1996 by Robert T. Abbott
Cover design by Connie Gabbert
This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
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