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Emily is horrified when Aunt Hannah tells her that for their holiday they are heading north to a housewarming party at an isolated cabin with no indoor plumbing or electricity. When they arrive, it is even worse than she imagined. The snow is deep. The work is hard. Aunt Hannah is bossy. And Blossom, the girl her age, wants her to play ice hockey on a nearby lake. Is it possible that this could turn into the five-star holiday Emily had dreamed of?
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Five Stars forEmily
KathleenCookWaldron
o r c a ฀ y o u n g ฀ r e a d e r s
Five Stars for฀Emily
KathleenCookWaldron
Orca฀Book฀Publishers
Copyright © 2004 Kathleen Cook Waldron
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.
National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data Waldron, Kathleen Cook Five starts for Emily / Kathleen Cook Waldron.
PS8595.A549F59 2004
(Orca young readers) ISBN 1-55143-296-X
I. Title. II. Series.
jC813’.54 C2004-901650-4
Library of Congress Control Number:2004103570
Summary: When Emily’s Aunt Hannah takes her to a northern cabin without electricity in the dead of winter instead of to Disneyland, Emily is furious.
Free teachers’ guide available.
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 (BPIDP), the Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Cover design by Lynn O’Rourke Cover & interior illustrations by Hanne Lore Koehler
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Printed and bound in Canada Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, 100% old growth forest free, processed chlorine free using vegetable, low VOC inks.
For my mother and family, who remember Aunt Jerri, Aunt Hannah and our adventures together. Also for you, kind readers. I hope you will enjoy your time with Emily as much as I have. —K.C.W.
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Growing up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’m ten-and-a-half years old, and as far as I can tell, growing up means I have to dress myself, tie my own shoelaces, set the table, wash the dishes and make lunches for my little brother Jake and me. The list grows longer all the time. My reward for all these chores is that I get to stay up half an hour later than Jake does. I don’t mind the extra chores. I don’t even mind having to read my own bedtime stories, but I don’t like giving up my com-forts. When I was four, Mom made my favorite blanket into a T-shirt for me. She told me
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this way I could wear my blanket instead of having to carry it. That seemed like a good idea until it fell apart. Now Mom uses it for a rag, and I have to pretend I’m too grown up to care. I know that’s baby stuff, and I’m pretty much over it, but the last time my ex-friend Jesse spent the night, she laughed at my Popeye night-light. She made me unplug it, and I had to wait till she was asleep before I could plug it in again and go to sleep myself. The next morning she told me she was tired of always having to spend the night at my house. I’d have to stay all night at her house before she’d come back to mine. I guess that was her way of reminding me that the last two times I tried to sleep over at her place, her dad had to bring me home in the middle of the night. It wasn’t my fault that I couldn’t sleep in her bed. She was mean to blame me for something I couldn’t help, and that’s why Jesse is now my ex-friend. Jake says I’m a fraidy-cat, but I’m not. I
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just have a wild imagination. That’s what Mom says. I don’t go to scary movies like other kids at school because the scary pictures stick in my imagination and I have nightmares for weeks. I don’t play most video games for the same reason. I don’t even play sports because when I see other kids running too close to me, I imagine my bones getting smashed and mashed and blood pouring all over me. I like non-scary fun, like shopping at a mall where everything is marked down to half price or less. My biggest dream is to go to Disneyland because it has fun, safe ridesandshopping. I may never find the mall of my dreams, but I am going to Disneyland. In December, Aunt Hannah is taking me for what she calls our “five-star holiday.” She doesn’t have any kids of her own, so when her nieces and nephews turn ten, she takes us for a five-star holiday. This year it’s my turn! I’m ten-and-a-half and ready to go. I only have one more month to wait.
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Aunt Hannah hasn’t told me where we’re going yet; she likes to keep it a surprise until the last minute. But I’m sure we’re going to Disneyland. Every time I’ve talked to her this year, I’ve hinted about it. I know she’d love it. She likes carnival rides and fireworks, and she loves shopping. She even has a job in shopping or marketing or something like that. Not only that, but I heard her say she’s ready for a different holiday this year. Three years ago she took my oldest cousin, Tamara, to Mexico forherfive-star holiday. Tamara told me she soaked in sunlight on the beach every day and tasted fresh coconut milk right out of the shell. She even spent two nights with a Mexican girl she met and learned a little Spanish. Adiós amigo. Last year my next oldest cousin, Justin, went to Hawaii forhis five-star holiday. He built sandcastles on the beach and ate pineapples and papayas until his belly bulged. He snorkeled face to face with par-rotfish and sea turtles. At night he watched
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videos in a fancy hotel room while Aunt Hannah went dancing with her friends. That nature stuff was perfect for Justin and Tamara. They love swimming and beaches, but I think Aunt Hannah has sipped enough coconut milk. Five-star holiday! Mickey Mouse! Small World! Shopping spree! Here I come!
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