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Cheetah is the small spotted frog Amelia brings home in a macaroni container. Amelia longs to keep Cheetah forever, but over the course of a week she comes to understand that his place is back in the wild. Cheetah is based on a true story, and all the characters are real.
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Cheetah Wendy A. Lewis Illustrated byGraham Ross
Orca฀Book฀Publishers
Text copyright ©2007Wendy A. Lewis Illustrations copyright ©2007Graham Ross 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
Lewis, Wendy A., 1966- Cheetah / written by Wendy Lewis ; illustrated by Graham Ross.
(Orca echoes) ISBN 978-1-55143-465-0
 1. Animals--Juvenile fiction. I. Ross, Graham, 1962- II. Title. III. Series.
PS8573.E9913C44 2007 jC813’.6 C2006-906706-6
First published in the United States,2007Library of Congress Control Number:2006939247
Summary: Despite Mia’s longing to have a pet, she must learn that wild animals, even frogs, belong in the wild.
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 Christine Toller Cover artwork and interior illustrations by Graham Ross Author photo: Amelia Murray
OrcaBookPublishers POBox5626,Stn.B Victoria,BCCanadaV8R฀6S4
OrcaBookPublishers POBox468 Custer,WAUSA98240-0468
www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. Printed on 100% PCW recycled paper. 10 09 08 07 • 4 3 2 1
For Amelia, Maddie and Rob, who brought Cheetah home,
and for Julie Spillman, teacher extraordinaire. W.A.L.
For Pat McNeely—the cheetah, a true friend and believer. G.R.
C h e e t a h N u m b e r O n e
Mia฀looked฀in฀the฀mirror.฀Her฀human฀face฀looked฀back฀ at฀her.฀She฀sighed.฀If฀only฀she฀had฀been฀born฀an฀animal.฀ Theyweresomuchmorefun. Mia฀got฀out฀her฀black฀marker.฀She฀drew฀spots฀on฀her฀ face.฀She฀drew฀stripes฀under฀her฀eyes.฀She฀put฀on฀a฀furry-earheadband.Shetuckedatailintoherpants. Now฀she฀was฀a฀cheetah,฀the฀fastest฀runner฀of฀all฀the฀ animals!MiatheCheetahzoomedaroundherroom. “Grrr!”฀her฀tummy฀growled.฀It฀was฀time฀to฀hunt.฀She฀ slunk฀ into฀ the฀ hallway.฀ She฀ peered฀ through฀ the฀ open crack฀of฀her฀sister’s฀door.฀Maggie฀was฀rocking฀her฀doll,฀ BabyUh-Oh. Uh-oh!BabyUh-Ohcried.Uh-oh!Uh-oh!
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Mia฀ knew฀ that฀ cry.฀ It฀ meant฀ Baby฀ Uh-Oh฀ had฀ wet฀ herpants.Shedidthatalot. Maggie฀ took฀ off฀ her฀ doll’s฀ wet฀ clothes.฀ Mia฀ the฀ Cheetah฀ saw฀ Baby฀ Uh-Oh’s฀ chubby,฀ bare฀ legs.฀ “Grrr!”฀ her฀ tummy฀ growled.฀ She฀ licked฀ her฀ lips.฀ She฀ knew฀ it฀ wasntnicetoeatpeople.Butshewashungry! Girls,breakfastisready,theirmothercalled. Maggielookedup.ShesawMiareadytopounce. Donthuntmybabies!sheyelled. MiahadhuntedMaggiesdollsbefore. “Girls!”฀their฀mother฀called฀again.฀“Come฀for฀breakfast฀ noworIllfeedittoFang.Fang฀ was฀ the฀ dog฀ that฀ lived฀ next฀ door.฀ Mia’s฀ family฀ didn’t฀ have฀ any฀ pets.฀ Her฀ parents฀ said,฀ “No฀ pets฀ until฀ the฀house฀is฀finished.”฀They฀had฀been฀working฀on฀the฀ house฀for฀Mia’s฀whole฀life.฀She฀was฀afraid฀it฀would฀never฀ benished.Andthatmeantnopets,ever. Mom,฀ Dad,฀ and฀ Maggie฀ had฀ bacon฀ and฀ eggs฀ for฀ breakfast.฀Mia฀the฀Cheetah฀sneered฀at฀the฀eggs.฀But฀she฀ doveface-rstintothemeat.
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“I฀guess฀leopards฀don’t฀use฀forks,”฀said฀Dad. “I’m฀a฀cheetah,฀Dad.”฀Mia฀rolled฀her฀eyes.฀“Cheetah have฀eye-stripes.฀Leopards฀don’t.” “Of฀ course,”฀ said฀ Dad.฀ “I฀ don’t฀ know฀ what฀ I฀ was฀ thinking.” “I’ve฀ heard฀ that฀ cheetahs฀ are฀ very฀ smart,”฀ said Mom.฀“Smart฀enough฀to฀use฀a฀fork.” Mia฀the฀Cheetah฀growled฀softly.฀She฀ate฀the฀rest฀of her฀meal฀with฀a฀fork. “I฀have฀to฀work฀at฀home฀today,”฀Mom฀said.฀“Daddy’s฀ going฀to฀take฀you฀out.” “No,฀please,฀no!”฀Mia฀begged. Thatmakesmefeelgood,Dadsniffed.Hewipedaway฀pretend฀tears. Well,Dad,Iloveyou,Miasaid.Butyoualwaystake฀us฀to฀the฀drop฀zone.” The฀ drop฀ zone฀ was฀ a฀ place฀ for฀ skydivers.฀ They฀ jumped฀ out฀ of฀ airplanes฀ and฀ floated฀ down฀ under parachutes.Mialikedthedropzoneatrst.Butnowshe฀was฀tired฀of฀it.฀And฀with฀parachutes฀all฀over฀t
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