"Don't you have a book on Scotland?"
"Um.... I might. Why?"
"I need one. Four hundred pages."
"Four hundred-- that long? Why?"
"We have to read four hundred pages on travel and culture by September 28th."
"Four hundred pages!?"
"Can you maybe read four books one hundred pages long? Because four hundred pages seems a little long for sixth grade." (I know Mrs. Wallace was hardcore when I had her for third and fourth grade, but four hundred?!)
"Okay, yeah, we can do it that way."
I'm pretty sure Mrs. Wallace said they were to do it 'that way' to begin with, but already Some Of Us weren't listening... and the school year is young.
So, the call goes out to the blogosphere:
WANTED: Young Scholar, Struggling But Enthused Seeks Books on Culture and Travel, both nonfiction and fictional acceptable. Prefers Scotland, but open to Cambodia, Thailand and Other Countries.
Big sister thanks you.
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