Adventures of Elliot McSwean: Save the Red Lights – Rebecca T. Dickinson

5200 words Children 10 years+

The city of Cutler Gap is in trouble when the city council plans to eliminate the money it gives to the Emergency Rescue Service. When 10-year-old Elliot McSwean and his friends invade the city’s meeting, they will try to save the EMS before their best friend’s step-mom loses her job.

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Dad flipped hamburgers on the grill. Cheddar melted on six of the twelve patties. I reached for a hamburger on a plate near the grill just as Dad blocked it. “Trying to set your hand on fire, son?” Dad said. “Go over to the firefighters’ safety demonstration.” Bright blue, white and red tents covered the center of the town for the seventh Cutler Gap Police, Fire and Rescue Festival. On the four roads surrounding the square, kids sat inside fire trucks, police cars and emergency rescue vehicles. One sheriff’s officer brought his horse, and Dad – who oversaw the Cutler Gap Police’s small canine unit – had helped set up the dog tent that morning before he started grilling. Visitors, who came from North and South Carolina, donated money at the different tents to help each department.

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Adventures of Elliot McSwean: The Question – Rebecca T. Dickinson

3200 words Children 10 years and over

When an annoying fourth grade girl uses a phrase Elliot McSwean has never heard, he goes on a mission to find out what it means. Ten-year-old Elliot faces older sisters who bully him, a little sister who never leaves him alone, and his father who still believes Russian spies are coming. Will he find the answer to his question?

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No one knew the right answer or definition to my question. Actually, most adults thought I’d forget, and move on to another topic. I wasn’t six anymore with long eyelashes brushing my glasses. I was becoming a fifth grade man who wanted an answer. I turned first to my friends the day the question came to mind. Verdana Jameson—a fourth grader who wore vests and ate plain lettuce—introduced the phrase. How could a fourth grader know something my friends and I did not? It was an unexplained mystery, but I was not about to ask her.

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Elliott the Watchman – Rebecca T Dickinson

2000 words Children 10 – 15 years

Part of The Adventures of Elliott McSwean

Elliot McSwean’s second oldest sister is only allowed to go on a date if Elliot goes with her. When the date turns out to be a loser, Elliot must stand up to a guy twice his size and with a lot of attitude.

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Kasey Adams waited next to his black truck. He wore sunglasses even though the sun was going down, and loose shoe strings were tucked inside his brown boots. Whiffs of too much men’s smell good stuff crossed the yard. The scent overpowered Mom’s tulips and honeysuckle bush. Kasey nodded his head like a guy starring in the pop country music videos my sister, Maria Cella, liked. I could not believe I had to go with this guy and Maria Cella on their date all because of Dad’s dumb dating rules for my two older sisters. Maria Cella had pouted her lips and moaned like the time I splattered ketchup on her dance uniform.

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