By Gordon Korman

Rudy Miller is so unsatisfied spending the summer time at Camp Algonkian Island that he devises dozens of tips to get himself despatched domestic.

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Yet that’s now not reasonable! " shouted Mike. "I are looking to cross! " Pierre ambled over. "What’s all of the yelling approximately? " "World politics," acknowledged Rudy firmly. "The dance, correct? " grinned Pierre. "They’re not likely to allow us to cross! " yelled Mike. "It’s now not reasonable! i would like to move! " "Everyone’s going," stated Pierre. "Even you . " "Oh," acknowledged Mike, embarrassed. "Oh, good, that’s okay then. " "What approximately you, Miller? " requested Pierre. "Don’t you need to cross? " Rudy shrugged indifferently. "Well, we’re going to be consuming there, and the meals simply needs to be higher than here," he stated. "But I don’t dance. " Pierre laughed out loud. "The very last thing you didn’t do used to be play football, and also you controlled ten pursuits! " "I don’t dance," repeated Rudy stubbornly. "Sure," stated Pierre ironically. "Keep sanding these tie racks. " He walked away. Mike checked out Rudy. "Do you dance? " "Only at gunpoint. " "No, I suggest are you able to dance? " "So I’m told," stated Rudy. If Mike had no longer identified greater, he could were definite he observed a unique flush on Rudy’s cheeks. * * * "I simply wish I’m doing definitely the right thing," stated Chip at a mid-afternoon impromptu counsellors’ assembly. "I suggest, i do know Miller’s going to attempt to run away. i do know it. you recognize it, Frank—we all understand it. Why in the world are we taking him to the mainland? " "Maybe the ladies will preserve him there," prompt Frank with a bit of luck. "He says he doesn’t dance," provided Pierre, "if that’s any convenience. " "He’s most likely the world’s maximum dancer," muttered Ralph. "Well," stated Pierre, "take this for what it’s worthy: Webster desires to dance. If Webster doesn’t attempt to run away, possibly Miller won’t. " there have been murmurs of contract. "But we can’t anticipate that," acknowledged Chip anxiously. "They need to be watched each moment! " "Don’t worry," stated Frank. "It’ll be alright. " "I want i'll think that," moaned Chip. * * * "You," accused Rudy, "have been combing your hair for fifteen mins. " Mike grinned. "I’ve obtained to seem good," he argued. "Why is Chip letting the nut move? " complained Harold Greene, washing his face. "He’ll ruin the total dance! " "Keep scrubbing your face, Harold," acknowledged Rudy genially, "and perhaps a number of the twit will rub off. " "Shut up! " snapped Harold. "Hey, what’s that lousy odor? " "That’s Joey’s aftershave," acknowledged Adam, wrinkling his nostril. "But he doesn’t shave! " Adam shrugged. "That doesn’t topic to him. " "How lengthy until eventually it’s our flip for the release? " requested Mike. "Maybe I’ve bought time to take one other bathe. " "You’re as fresh as it’s attainable to be with out being boiled," stated Rudy. "Besides, we’ve purely acquired 5 mins. Come on. " * * * At 5 o’clock that afternoon, the lads of Algonkian Island, scrubbed and shining, marched fortunately into the eating room of Camp Silver Lake. Mike Webster used to be the 1st to arouse the women’ interest, as he used to be being in my view escorted to his seat through Ralph Deacon and Jack Tyler. yet their realization was once presently diverted via the arriving of six tall counsellors who stepped within and organized themselves on both sides of the door in army model.

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