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A Frog in My Throat

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Kate and Jake have always been best friends; always, that is, until Jake's cousin, Lionel, moves nearby and Jake starts spending time with him instead. Kate struggles with his abandonment and her own loneliness as she seeks new friends that share her likes and dislikes. And, perhaps there is a place in her life for her old best friend after all.
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FriedaWishinsky illUStRàtED BY
Orca Book Publishers
Text copyright ©2008Frieda Wishinsky Illustrations copyright ©2008LouiseAndrée Laliberté All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Wishinsky, Frieda  A frog in my throat / written by Frieda Wishinsky ; illustrated by LouiseAndrée Laliberté. (Orca echoes) ISBN 9781551436326  I. Laliberté, LouiseAndrée II. Title. III. Series.
PS8595.I834F76 2008 jC813’.54 C20079073913
First published in the United States,2008Library of Congress Control Number:2007942399
Summary: When Jake starts spending time with his cousin, Kate feels hurt and seeks new friends to play with.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Typesetting by Teresa Bubela Cover artwork and interior illustrations by LouiseAndrée Laliberté Illustrator photo by Marc Riverin
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 468 Custer, WA USA 982400468
www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. 11 10 09 08 • 4 3 2 1
With thanks to Maggie de Vries and Maureen Colgan.
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CHàPtER ONE dumb mOvie
“Want to seeRevenge of the Ghosttomorrow?” Kate asked her best friend Jake.  “Sure,” said Jake.  Kate and Jake lovedRevenge of the Ghost. They’d seen it three times already, but they still loved watching it.  They loved to scream when the ghost appeared in the captain’s room.  They loved to screech, “I’m back,” when the ghost screeched, “I’m back.”  They loved to howl when the ghost took off his head and carried it down the hall like a hat.
 “See you tomorrow at two,” said Kate.  “I’ll bring potato chips,” said Jake. Jake always brought potato chips.  The next day, Kate filled a bowl with popcorn and a plate with chocolate chip cookies. She’d helped her mom bake the cookies that morning. The house still smelled of chocolate. It was the best smell inthe world.  At two fifteen, Kate looked out the window. She didn’t see Jake, but she wasn’t worried.  Jake was always late.  Last week his excuse was that he didn’t have any clean underwear. The week before he said the zipper on his pants broke. Kate smiled. What crazy excuse would he have today?  Kate opened the door and peeked out. There was Jake! He was walking down the street with his mom and a tall boy. The tall boy had red hair and freckles just like Jake.  Who was he?
 “Sorry we’re late,” said Jake. “But my cousin Lionel just came over. He’s moving to our neighborhood next week.”  “How nice,” said Kate’s mom.  “Can he watch the movie too?” asked Jake.  “Of course,” said Kate’s mom.  Lionel plunked down on the couch in the den.Jake flopped down beside him. Kate slipped the movie into the player. Then she curled up in the big chair.  The movie began.  “I’ve seen this movie before,” said Lionel. “It’s dumb.”  “I know,” said Jake, “but it’s funny.”  The ghost floated into the captain’s room.  Kate screamed.  “Are you scared of the ghost?” Lionel asked her. “He doesn’t even look like a ghost.”  “Yeah,” said Jake, “he looks fake.”  Kate glared at Jake. “He looks real to me,” she said.  The ghost screeched, “I’m back,” but Kate didn’t screech. She felt silly screeching alone.