Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve

By Kathleen Van Cleve

Eleven-year-old Polly Peabody must make it begin raining. For her complete lifestyles, it has rained at precisely one o'clock each Monday afternoon on her family's magical rhubarb farm, till one Monday, while it stops. after which Polly's brother will get in poor health, fairly ailing. Polly has to determine how every thing is attached and make it rain prior to her liked Aunt Edith sells the farm.  She has support from the farm itself, within the type of the vegetation and bugs, together with her ally, Harry, a chocolate-tasting rhubarb plant.  all of them push Polly to confront her fears.  yet is it sufficient, and extra importantly - is there adequate time?

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You might not know that now, but you will. ” I don’t know what she’s talking about—I love our farm. I check out the Monster cricket. He’s got one leg up against his face as if he’s holding a violin. The other leg is moving back and forth across it like he’s playing a song. I almost giggle, but then I see the intense look Aunt Edith is giving me. “Things are going to change, Polly,” she says. Her voice is strong and hard, scaring me. ” As she speaks, I feel something inside me rip, like a piece of fabric torn from my bones.

Aunt Edith asks. “Sure,” I say. Aunt Edith leans against the bookshelves, her arms crossed over her chest. ” She gestures around the room. “First of all, all of this—the bugs, the crickets, the ivy, the rhubarb—it’s wonderful. It is magic. ” Relief floods through me. I was never sure what Aunt Edith believed. “I knew it! You thought so too! ” “Yes but . ” Aunt Edith steps over to me and lifts my chin. ” I ask, confused. That’s why I’m giving you Emerson. Trust yourself. Not the crickets. Not the rhubarb.

And I swear the dragonfly nods back. “I’ll find it, I’m sure of it,” murmurs Aunt Edith, over in the corner. I nod again at the dragonfly. Slowly, the dragonfly nods back at me. This cannot be happening. ” I mouth the words, so Aunt Edith doesn’t hear. The dragonfly zooms closer and I think I actually lock eyes—my two, with his seven thousand and three—for a second. He starts to fly through the air, in deliberate movements. Straight up, then down-but-to-the-right, then straight up again. He hovers there, looking at me.

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