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By Odo Hirsch

The Bell family's ancestors have been showered with honours, presents and provides of land. In alternate, they've got bestowed a present, as soon as each 25 years, in town. The presents have ranged from a statue to a bell tower with stained-glass home windows, yet now it really is Darius's father's flip - and there's no funds for a magnificent reward. It seems as if a wheelbarrow choked with greens is the simplest they could do. Darius is decided to maintain the relations honour, and whilst an earthquake finds a wonderful cave, with the main appealing minerals lining the partitions, he thinks he is discovered the answer...A splendidly fulfilling novel - enjoyable to learn, thought-provoking and clever.

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I ponder what he’d do if there has been no fruit on the earth. ’ Marguerite frowned at that. ‘I imagine he’d need to invent it. ’ How might you invent a strawberry? Darius gazed at 10 the empty punnet. He wanted he may possibly invent one right away. Or , possibly. He glanced on the different punnets, all filled with berries. but when he and Marguerite began on these, there has been no telling after they may cease. Marguerite rested again on her elbows. She gazed on the clock tower above the home. ‘What’s occurring with the reward? ’ she requested. ‘It’s virtually ready,’ stated Darius. ‘What is it? Everyone’s attempting to bet. ’ ‘It’s a shock. ’ ‘But it’s due in a month. ’ Marguerite glanced at him. ‘You needs to be aware of what it really is. ’ Darius shook his head. ‘I guess you do. you could inform me. I won’t inform someone else. ’ ‘It’s a shock, Marguerite. ’ ‘I guess you’ve informed your pals. I guess you’ve instructed Oliver and Paul. ’ ‘I haven’t. ’ no longer that they didn’t need to know. His top buddies, Oliver Roberts and Paul Klasky, have been bugging him for months to determine. ‘Papa hasn’t instructed me what it truly is. He hasn’t instructed an individual. ’ Marguerite gazed at him sceptically. Darius laughed. ‘It’s precise! ’ ‘I don’t think you, Darius. ’ ‘Well, it’s the reality. yet it’s going to be brilliant. eleven It’s going to be the easiest reward ever. ’ ‘That’s what everyone’s announcing. ’ ‘It may be. ’ Marguerite checked out him pleadingly. ‘Can’t you inform me? I won’t inform a person. I promise. ’ ‘I don’t comprehend! in truth, Marguerite, I’d prefer to be aware of simply up to you'll. ’ ‘You couldn’t,’ stated Marguerite. Darius laughed back. ‘It’s been twenty-five years because the final present. definitely we will be able to wait one month extra! ’ 12 chapter 2 Mrs Simpson had used the strawberries to make a pie. She introduced it in after lunch, nonetheless hot, for dessert. They have been consuming within the blue eating room. The wallpaper within the blue eating room had as soon as been a impressive blue, just like the sky on a sunny, completely cloudless day, and it used to be nonetheless blue, yet particularly light, just like the sky on that very same sunny day on the very finish of the afternoon. but of the entire eating rooms in the home – and there have been at the very least 5, and doubtless six should you incorporated the tangerine room, which was once sufficiently big for under 4 humans – the blue eating room used to be Darius’s father’s favorite. for this reason all of the unbroken eating chairs have been in there, and should you desired to consume in any of the opposite rooms you needed to hold your individual chair with you. Darius’s father savoured the pie. ‘Excellent,’ he stated, after taking a chunk and contemplating it rigorously. ‘Light, candy, flavoursome. And the color of those strawberries. the color! let alone the flavor and the odor. have you learnt what they ring a bell in me of? ’ thirteen Darius’s father paused dramatically, having a look round the room with large eyes, maintaining his fork within the air. ‘What? ’ acknowledged Darius’s mom. ‘The strawberries I had while i used to be a boy after we went on vacation to the mountains of Greece. ’ ‘I didn’t be aware of they'd strawberries within the mountains of Greece,’ acknowledged Mrs Simpson, who had waited within the eating room to work out what humans considered her pie.

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