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Shragi and Shia and the Book-a-Thon

Yael Mermelstein

“I’m going to read at least 50 books for the Book-a-thon,” I said to Shia. “You know I’m more of a bookworm than you are.” “You may be more of a bookworm than I am, but you certainly aren’t any smarter than I am,” Shia said. I begged to differ but I wasn’t about to start fighting with Shia over it because when you try to go nose to nose with Shia you always end up with a bruise.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

jewish boy books clipartOkay, I’ll be honest, there was something that was calling me even louder than the tzedakah money — it was the gold medal hung from a red, white, and blue ribbon that the top three winners got to wear. Woo-hoo! I wanted one of those.

And of course tzedakah was nice too.

So the next morning I got to class and though I’m not the boastful type, I told a couple of my friends about how I was probably going to get the gold medal for the Book-a-thon. I wasn’t running around bragging or anything like that but … what happened next kind of caught me by surprise.

A kid in the parallel class to ours named Shua Davis came over to me in the lunchroom. He’s a big kid, not just tall, but big, you know what I mean?

“Hey!” Shua said to me.

When Shua Davis says hey, you stop walking.

 

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