Return to Painter's Island
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by Gary Peterson
Category: Children's Fiction
Description: "It is in the 1950's and Jim, who is almost nine years old, helps his mom support the family because his dad is too sick to work. He sometimes is allowed to escape to "Painter's Island", a magical place where he can be a kid again. Follow him as he jumps off sawdust piles, digs up buried treasure, has sword fights with his friends, and tries to fly."
eBook Publisher: Solstice Publishing, 2011 2011
eBookwise Release Date: July 2011
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [21 KB]
Reading time: 11-15 min.
"Get out of bed!" my mom shrieked. "If we're late again we'll lose our jobs and you know what that means."
For a solid week we worked past six p.m. every night and all of the muscles in my body were aching. It felt like I had not even gone to bed and I didn't want to move, let alone get up.
"Mom, do I have to?" I protested.
"You know you do," she said. "Your dad can't work and we need the money."
This got me thinking about the last time my dad and I played together. It was a hot sunny day. We threw the ball back and forth and he told me how he had been recruited to play for the Yankees as a catcher. He decided to not do it because he wanted to get married to my mom and settle down.
Being only six years old at the time, I said, "Wow, that makes mom pretty special, doesn't it?"