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Justine Mckeen, Bottle Throttle

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Justine is back! She’s worried about what plastic is doing to the environment and to her classmates, so she sets out to ban bottled water school-wide. The only problem is, the new principal, Dr. Proctor, isn’t on board. Justine will have to convince him and persuade her classmates if Project Bottle Throttle is going to succeed!Justine McKeen, Bottle Throttle is the seventh book in the popular Justine McKeen series.
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To all the students at schools who don’t use bottled water!
Text copyright ©2016Sigmund Brouwer Illustrations copyright ©2016Dave Whamond 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 Brouwer, Sigmund,1959–, author Justine McKeen, bottle throttle / Sigmund Brouwer; illustrated by Dave Whamond. (Orca echoes)
Issued in print and electronic formats. isbn 9781459807310(pbk.).—isbn 9781459810419(pdf).— isbn 9781459810426(epub)
I. Whamond, Dave, illustrator II. Title. III. Series: Orca echoes ps8553.r68467j873 2016jc813'.54 c2015904510x c20159045118
First published in the United States,2016Library of Congress Control Number:2015944496
Summary: In this early chapter book, the seventh installment in the Justine McKeen series, Justine sets out to ban bottled water from her school.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover artwork and interior illustrations by Dave Whamond Author photo by Reba Baskett
orca book publishers www.orcabook.com
Printed and bound in Canada.
191817164321
Chapter One
As usual, Justine met her friends for lunch in the school cafeteria. She set her backpack on the floor. She pulled out her lunch box and a bottled water that she had marked with a felttip pen. The words on the plastic bottle said DO NOT OPEN. Then Justine took her seat and said hello to her friends—Michael, Safdar and Jimmy Blatzo. Their other friend, Savannah Blue, had just moved away
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to another city. And their school had a brandnew principal. His name was Mr. Proctor. “You got it,” Blatzo said to Justine. “I won’t open your bottled water. Especially since you used capital letters. Capital letters make it avery serious thing.” Blatzo was big and looked pretty mean. At one time, he was proud to be known as the school bully. But Justine had changed all that. “My turn for her fortune cookie,” Michael said. He opened Justine’s lunch box. Justine’s friends knew that her grammy sometimes worked at a Chinese restaurant and brought home fortune cookies. Michael found Justine’s fortune cookie and looked at the plastic wrap.
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“I don’t see anything written on this,” Michael said. “I guess I can open it.” “As long as you give me the wrap to recycle,” Justine said. “Question,” Safdar said to Justine. “Why did you write that on your water bottle?” “You mean where it saysDO NOT OPEN?” Justine asked. “Yes,” Safdar said. “Because I don’t want anyone to open it,” Justine answered. “Of course,” Safdar said. “Silly question. Butwhydon’t you want it to be opened?” “Bad question,” Blatzo told Safdar. “That’s why I didn’t ask. I knew it would be smarter just to obey and not open it.”
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“How is it a bad question?” Safdar asked Blatzo. “It’s just bottled water. Anyone would want to know why she wrote it. Especially since she used capital letters.” “Because now she is going to answer,” Blatzo said. “And I have better things to worry about than why that bottled water should stay closed. Like my project for the science fair. Maybe I should do my project on why science fair projects are a waste of time.” “Safdar, I am so glad you asked,” Justine said. “Did you know that if you made a stack of eight million dimes, that stack would reach as high as most jets fly? That should give you an idea of how big that number is. Eight million. That’s about how many gallons of oil it takes each month to make the plastic for all
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the bottled water used in this country. Maybe that stack of oil could reach the moon.” “Do we have to talk about math and science right now?” Michael said as he unwrapped the fortune cookie. “I believe the point of lunchtime is to eat lunch. Like this.” He cracked open the fortune cookie and pulled out the little slip of paper. “What does it say?” Safdar asked. “I don’t care what it says. I want to eat my dessert first.” Michael tossed the paper on the table. Safdar took the piece of paper. Michael popped the pieces of fortune cookie into his mouth. “Yum,” Michael said. “So good.” He swallowed. “And so dry.” Michael grabbed the water bottle.
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“I wouldn’t open it,” Blatzo said. “There must be a good reason Justine wrote those words on the bottle. In capital letters.” “I also wouldn’t open it,” Safdar said. “Because I just read your fortune from the fortune cookie.” “Why does that matter?” Michael said. “Everyone knows that the fortunes in fortune cookies don’t mean anything.” Safdar held up the slip of paper. “Read it for yourself.” Blatzo took the paper and read it aloud for all of them. “There is great trouble in using bottled water.” Michael frowned. “What kind of stupid fortune is that? How can using bottled water be any kind of trouble?” Michael opened the water bottle and lifted it to his mouth. Tiny streams
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