Middletown Middle / Chapter Five – The New Girl

Chapter Five – The New Girl September 1953 The Cold War was a scary time for America. The big bad Soviets were the classic villains, with their missiles aimed at the US. It got so bad that folks started building bunkers under their homes, which were strong enough to withstand the end of the world….

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins Boring.  That was how eight-year-old Louis Butler describes visiting Grandpa Charlie’s cottage on the isle of Jersey. The man did not have Nintendo or Cable TV. His telly was an old piece of furniture with plants and books atop it. Visits always consisted of sitting around drinking tea in the…

Middletown Middle – Spirit Week

May 2005 The Middle State Robot Olympics is one day away, and the Middletown Middle robotics team has a problem. Their robot isn’t working. It is spirit week, so the eighth graders are distracted by silly hair, wacky socks, free snacks, and pep rallies. The four-student team had the saw affixed, the spike hammer attached,…

Middletown Middle – Bus J

March 12, 2020 The ride home on bus J is always an adventure. It ships the rowdiest kids on the longest ride; forty-five minutes ride down Old Bridge Road through one of the state’s thickest forests. The man responsible for getting the kids home is Portis Tucker. There is no one left at the school…

Middletown Middle – Menu Monster

February 2018 Dear Principal Sosa: My students are e required to write three sentences to summarize their weekend. One of them wrote hundreds. Can you comment? Call the police? WEEKEND WRAP-UP This weekend me and my brother Billy watched a lot of Netflix. I wanted to watch Amphibious Ninjas but my brother said he wanted…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Four – The Giant Well

August 1863 The hot Kansas wind twisted around Isiah Milton’s face. His mother named him after the sound the wind made when it came through the front door of his childhood home. ISIAH.  It called again twenty years later, and he stumbled through the Kansas plains searching for it. He needed food, sleep, and shade, but had…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Three – The Face Painter

Here’s the second chapter of my grade school anthology book –  Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students.  Read chapter two here. June 11, 1997 Sure, lots of schools have a ‘Principal for a Day’ program. Students get their picture taken hanging out with the principal, but of course, the student isn’t really a principal…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Two – Unktomi

Here’s the second chapter of my grade school anthology book –   Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students.  Read Chapter One – The Nickname Curse Chapter Two – Unktomi November 25, 1987 It was Big Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. That meant a half-day of school before a long weekend. Twins Jenny and…

Middletown Middle / Chapter One – The Nickname Curse

Here’s the first chapter of my grade school anthology book –   Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students. Chapter One – The Nickname Curse “Coloring? Seriously?” the new fourth-grader complains as he takes out his crayons. “We stopped coloring in second grade at my old school.” “Welcome to Middletown Middle,” Jeremy’s tablemate, Ari,…