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Enough Winter Already!

Hey everyone, it’s Kris here! I don’t know about you, but I am sooo ready for Spring to come already. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love sledding and having snowball fights in the winter, but I am just itching to get outside!

I can’t wait to see the flowers blooming, the trees turning green again, the birds chirping happily in the trees, and baseball! Spring is like a magical time of year when everything comes back to life, and I want to be right in the middle of it all.

I’ve already started planning all the adventures I want to go on once Spring arrives. I want to go hiking in the woods, have a picnic by the lake, and maybe even learn to ride a horse. There are so many possibilities, and I can’t wait to see where Spring takes me.

So, if you’re like me and you’re counting down the days until Spring arrives, hang in there! It won’t be long now before we can shed our winter coats and embrace the beauty of Spring. Until then, let’s dream of all the adventures that await us just around the corner.

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The Bully Becomes a Hero!

Dateline, March 2024: Kris & The Missing Prince

A recent visit to the King’s Palace has revealed a very unique member of the King’s staff, who has an even more unique story.  When first entering the palace, you will be greeted by a very kind and considerate young man named Donald, who will be happy to guide you to where you need to go and introduce you to the prince, the queen, or even the King.

He has not, however, always been the kind and considerate young man he is today.  “Just a year ago” he admitted, “I was nothing but a big bully.”  It was difficult to believe, coming from such a friendly boy, but he continued. “I’ve always known I was big and strong, and I always thought I was brave, and believed that was all I needed.” 

I asked him what happened to change things.

“It was all because of a young girl.  Not even a teenager yet.”  He smiled and showed off the straight white teeth, a gift from the King’s dentist.  “I didn’t want to admit it, but she was so brave she made me feel like a coward.  She wasn’t afraid of anything, not even me!”

It seems that after meeting this girl, a girl named Kris, his life changed. “She didn’t even know I was following her at first. I was afraid she would make me go away, but I wanted to learn what made her so special.”

Donald went on to explain how he secretly followed her on her quest through the middle of the dark woods and up into the high mountains. “Finally, after she defeated the evil sorcerer, I had to ask if I could join her and her friends.  Their quest was over, but she talked the prince into letting me come back to the palace with them.”

Once they’d arrived at the palace, Prince Rodney convinced his father the King to give Donald a chance.  From that very first moment, Donald worked as hard as he could to be the perfect greeter, and the nicest person in the kingdom.

This story is proof that even the meanest person in the world can become a great friend!

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The Great Sled Race.

I’m getting tired of winter, aren’t you?  Sometimes it’s not so bad, I guess.  Like last week, when my dad took me sledding. We’ve been waiting all year, but there wasn’t enough snow until a few weeks ago. The problem was that there was too much snow! The roads were all closed, and we couldn’t go anywhere! Last week, though, there was just the right amount of snow, so we jumped in the car and drove out to a park in the country.

At the bottom of the hill, they have a shed filled with sleds of all shapes and sizes that people can borrow. There are round saucer sleds, small plastic sleds, sleds with metal runners, sleds you can stand on, snow tubes and many more.  Since dad and I were sledding together we chose the old-fashioned wooden toboggan.  You know the type that lays flat on the ground and the front curves up.

Next to the shed is a long rope that wraps around two wheels. One at the top of the hill, and one at the bottom. The wheel at the bottom turns and moves the rope. Dad and I sat down on the sled and grabbed onto the rope. The rope pulled us all the way to the top of the hill, so we didn’t have to walk.

When we got to the top, there were a lot of people there! One of them was a boy a little older and a lot bigger than me. He ran from person to person “Race me!”.  But nobody wanted to.

His voice got louder and louder, but still nobody took him up on his challenge. I looked up at my dad and he smiled back. “We’ll race you!”

But you’re a girl?” He said.

“So?” I answered. “That doesn’t matter.”

“Of course, it does!” He said back, “everybody knows that girls can’t race.  They always lose.”

“This girl doesn’t.” I stepped up and stared up to his face. “I bet I can beat you.”

“You’re On!” He went to one side, and we went to the other.

“Kris,” my dad whispered to me. “With both of us on the sled it will go slower. Do you want to go by yourself, and I’ll wait for you up here?”

“Thanks, dad!” I sat down on the sled and inched it forward until it teetered on the edge. “I’m ready!”

“I’m ready too!” the boy shouted.

“I’ll count you off.” Dad said.  “3… 2… 1… Go!”

I pushed off and leaned forward, the sled tipped over the edge and started flying down the hill. I looked at the boy. He was ahead of me, but not by much. I let go of the handles and padded through the snow to speed up.

The wind got stronger and stronger and blew snowflakes at ice pellets at my face until I had to squint my eyes. I looked at the boy again and we were even. Ahead of me, a bump rose up out of the snow. I was headed right for it and as fast as I was going, I couldn’t steer enough to get around.

“Watch out!” The boy yelled, but it was too late.

My sled slammed into the hill and suddenly I was flying. All I could do was hold on tight and hope I came back down again. I closed my eyes. I didn’t want to look. I was going to crash.

I came back down, with the sled still under me. I was going even faster than I was before. Too fast to look around. Too fast to do anything but hold on. At the bottom of the hill bales of hay were stacked in front of a tall fence. I was going to slam into the wall of hay.

I stuck my feet out the sides of the sled and slammed them into the ground. Waves of snow erupted from the ground and flew everywhere until I felt like I was underwater.  Then I stopped.

The snow fell out of the air and the wall of hay was just inches from the front of my toboggan.

“Are you ok?” I turned around and saw the boy running towards me.

“I’m fine, I think.” I stood up and shook the snow out of my hair.

“I thought you were a goner for sure! I’ve never seen anyone sled so fast!”

I’d never gone that fast before either and I told him so. “My name is Kris.”

“Well, Kris, you beat me fair and square.  My name is James.” He did have a very nice smile. “Want to go again?”

“Can we go a lot slower this time?”

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Kris & The Pirates Now Available!

It was supposed to be a fun day at the beach.

In the middle of the ocean, Kris finds an island with beautiful, sandy beaches. The ideal place to go swimming! Once she can teach the biggest, strongest sailor not to be afraid of the water, that is.

The perfect day is interrupted when a bunch of pirates appear out of the jungle. They capture the crew and chase Kris through the jungle. Now the pirates are trying to steal the ship and leave Kris and the crew stranded on the island. 

Can Kris escape the Pirates?

Can she rescue the crew?

Can they steal their own ship back and get home?

Kris & The Pirates is the next installment of The Adventures of Kris, where imagination and friendship can overcome any obstacle..

 

Get it now on Amazon!

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Pirates Found on Island!

Following up on a report provided by the captain and crew of the “Dancing Dolphin”, the queen’s navy sent a frigate to investigate. On arrival at this small, forgotten island in the middle of the ocean, the crew discovered a group of pirates clinging to branches in the tops of trees. “It was a ridiculous sight!” The captain told us. “A full crew of mean, tough pirates were frightened to tears.”

The captain described the scene to us. “Two dozen monkeys danced around the tree trunks, laughing, and throwing things at the pirates. It was as if they had made a game of it.”

Once the naval crew arrived to take charge of the situation, the monkeys gleefully turned the criminals over to them and scattered into the jungle, but not until one of them bowed to the captain, then giggled as he stole the captain’s hat.

After securing the pirates in jail cells aboard ship, the captain attempted to question them. “It was incredibly difficult to understand what they were saying, especially with all the ‘Arrgs’” the captain explained. “The only things we understood were references to monkeys, snakes, and a young girl named Kris.”

The investigation is ongoing, and we will report more as we get it.

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Meet Our Hero!

Hello! We are here with Kris today. Kris, I am so excited about your first story that your friend Art wrote. What is it like being the star of a new book?

   “It’s kind of fun! I go on lots of adventures, but this is the first time anyone ever wrote it down in a book.”

Kris, tell our readers a little bit about yourself. 

“I don’t know what to say. I guess I’m a pretty normal ten-year-old.”  

So, you do normal girl things?

“I am a girl, but I’m not JUST a girl! I can do anything a boy can do.”

You live with just your dad, right?

“Yes. My mom died a couple of years ago. I really miss her, but my dad does everything he can to make sure I am happy.”

It sounds like he’s a pretty good dad. You go to school every day? 

“Yes, I do. Most of the time I enjoy it, but sometimes I wish I didn’t have to be there. Especially when the weather is nice outside. I would rather play outside or go on adventures, but learning can be fun, too.”

What are your favorite subjects? 

“I love reading! It doesn’t matter what I’m reading. I like adventure stories, but I enjoy reading other stuff too. Even history! I don’t like math very much though. It’s boring!”

What do you like to do when you’re not in school?

“If it’s raining out, or dark, or there is nothing else to do, I grab a book and read. My mom gave me a lot of books, my dad gives me more, and I think I’ve read most of the books in the school’s library. When it’s nice outside, I play baseball with the other kids in the neighborhood. At first, they didn’t think I could play because I was a girl. Now they like it when I play, as long as they are on my team, so I don’t beat them! One of my favorite things, though, is to go on trips with my dad. Sometimes we are in the car a long time, but we make up games and tell made up stories about the other people we see.”

Kris, it seems like you have lots of friends. Do you have a favorite person?

“I have lots of favorite people. My dad, of course. Mr. Pence the grocer because he always gives me an extra piece of candy. My grandma Mable is nice and reminds me of my mom. My teacher is friendly and likes to help me. Even with math.”

It’s wonderful to have so many friends around. I imagine with all those people, you have lots of memories. What is your favorite memory?

“I remember sitting on my mom’s lap a long time ago. She would read me books and make funny voices. She would always tell me stories and help me use my imagination. It was almost like we got to go to these places together.”

That is a very wonderful memory, Kris. It sounds like you had a wonderful mom. You must miss her a lot. Do you have anything else you’d like to share?

“Not right now. I have to hurry and go. I have a baseball game tonight!”

I won’t keep you then. Thank you for visiting with me and I look forward to reading your next story!