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Ovedes to the Rescue!

Rachel Stein

“I would like you to invent something,” Mrs. Dimyon instructed, sweeping her students with an earnest blue-eyed gaze, “that will drastically improve your life. Build a model, draw a picture, or write an essay, and let your imaginations fly. I look forward to seeing what you come up with — your presentations are due in one week.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The bell buzzed, and 19 noisy fifth-grade girls clamored to go home after a long school day. Only Penina seemed to walk in slow motion, her mind awhirl with possibilities. An invention that will change my life for the better, she mused, nearly bumping into a tree on the way home. “Oh, excuse me,” she murmured, and the thick brown trunk stared back at her with a wrinkled, all-knowing gaze. “Pass the meatballs, please,” she asked her mother, and her mother’s eyebrows arched in surprise as she lifted the pan of cheesy lasagna and passed it to Penina. “Thanks, Ma,” Penina said, bringing her plate to the sink. “I have a big assignment to do, so I’ll see you later.” 

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