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By Roland Smith

Thirteen-year-old Quest (Q) isn't certain he's prepared for a brand new kinfolk. for a very long time it's simply been him and his mother, Blaze. yet every little thing alterations whilst Blaze falls in love with Roger they usually commence a brand new rock band known as fit. Now they're married, have successful checklist, and fit goes out on a year-long riding travel around the state. Q, besides new stepsister Angela, will take a 12 months off from university and go back and forth with the band. For now, domestic could be a luxurious motor trainer and homework may be an internet site diary in their travels. Perfect-Q can perform his magic methods and Angela can learn her undercover agent novels. What can get it wrong? As Q and Angela settle into their new lifestyles and new dating as siblings, they begin to note that sure coincidences don't appear coincidental. for instance, how does a band roadie named Boone locate them in the midst of a desolate tract the place their trainer simply occurs to collapse? Why does a guy from their parents' marriage ceremony continue exhibiting up within the similar towns they cease at? once they achieve Philadelphia, Q and Angela become aware of this journey is easily no longer the journey their mom and dad had deliberate and that the "City of Brotherly Love" is stuffed with mysteries and secrets and techniques which can threaten their new lifestyles jointly. as well as his motion event books, Roland is the writer of many award-winning books for kids together with trip of the crimson Wolf; The Captain's puppy: My trip with the Lewis and Clark Tribe; and Thunder Cave, which used to be a 1996 amazing Children's alternate e-book within the box of Social reviews. His books with drowsing undergo Press comprise W is for Waves: An Ocean Alphabet; Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet; and N is for our Nation's Capital: A Washington, DC Alphabet. Roland lives close to Portland, Oregon.

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I picked up the deck and held it flat in my palm with my eyes part closed as though I have been attempting to believe the vibration of the cardboard he’d picked. “It’s a place card,” I stated. “Nice try,” Dr. Rask scoffed. “What’s a place card? ” Dr. Wilson requested. “A excessive card,” Dr. Rask replied. “Ace via ten. Don’t inform him. If we gave him that details he’d manage to do away with the thirty-two low playing cards. ” I smiled. Dr. Rask knew a bit anything approximately playing cards. “Oh look,” I acknowledged, pointing to the deck in my hand. the sting of 1 card within the heart was once protruding a bit farther than the others. (This were comprehensive in the course of his definition of a place card). “That should be your card,” I persisted. “But let’s now not examine it but. in its place, i need you to examine the cardboard on your pocket. ” “I don’t’ have a card in my pocket,” Dr. Rask stated. “Back pocket,” I acknowledged. He reached into the again pocket of his scrubs and pulled out the ace of hearts. “Interesting,” he acknowledged. “But this isn’t the cardboard I picked. ” “I know,” I acknowledged. “But in case you have been to attract one other card what do you want it to be? ” “If I have been enjoying five-card draw,” Dr. Rask spoke back, “I’d are looking to draw a moment ace. ” “I have anything much larger than a couple of aces in brain. ” I checked out Dr. Wilson. “Why don’t you sign up your again pocket? ” She pulled the king of hearts out of her pocket and held it up. “Pretty amazing,” she stated. I checked out Angela. “I imagine you’ll locate the queen of hearts on your pocket. ” Angela checked numerous wallet sooner than discovering it and pulling it out, grinning. “And this is…” I pointed to the cardboard sticking of the deck. “Go forward and take it out, Dr. Rask. ” He eased it out of the deck and grew to become it over. “Jack of hearts,” Dr. Rask stated. “We virtually have a royal flush. yet none of those is the cardboard I pulled out of the deck. ” i used to be near to comprehensive. the place was once Boone? “I don’t comprehend what went wrong,” I stated, performing stunned. “Check the deck and notice in case your card’s there. ” Dr. Rask went during the deck card by means of card, slowly and punctiliously, for which i used to be very thankful. by the point he acquired to the tip he was once chuckling. “That’s lovely good,” he acknowledged. “It’s now not there. ” “Where is it? ” Dr. Wilson requested. I regarded over at Eben Lavi. He used to be nonetheless staring at us, yet then without notice became his bruised head towards the ready room front. “Uncle Boone! ” Angela acknowledged. Boone and one other guy had seemed within the doorway. “How y’all doin’? ” Boone requested in his previous twang, entering into the room. He used to be via a guy part his age and two times his girth, with shaggy black hair, who appeared like a qualified wrestler. He had his correct hand buried in his coat pocket and his unblinking eyes mounted on Eben Lavi, who now had his correct hand in his coat pocket. “I checked on Everett,” Boone persevered. “He’s gonna be high-quality. I’ll get you teenagers again to the trainer. Uly the following will keep watch over issues on the health facility. “ “Your nephew used to be simply exhibiting us a card tick,” Dr. Rask acknowledged. “I don’t imagine he’s rather performed. We’re one card shy of a really clever…” he paused and smiled at me, “and amazing royal flush.

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