Name: Sharon K Mayhew
Title:NOT A HOLIDAY
Genre: Mid Grade Historical Fiction
Tagline: Think World War Two meet the Boxcar Children.
1st 250 Words:
August 1, 1941
“But I don’t want to carry a gas mask around with me all the time,” I said.
“It’s not a choice, Joyce, you have to. Everyone has to, from grandparents all the way down to babies,” Mummy said.
I flung my gas mask over my shoulder, pulled out a kitchen chair, and plopped down.
“Well, I don’t think it’s fair that the war is coming to England,” I said. “That Mister Hitler is a real rotter!”
“I think everyone in the world would agree with you on that, Love,” Mummy said. “You need to show Gina that it is all right and not fuss in front of her about carrying your mask. Imagine how grateful you will be to have it, if something horrible happens.”
“I know how to make it less scary for Gina,” I said. “I could make Dolly a little gas mask box.”
“That’s a wonderful idea!” Mummy said. “Perhaps you can be making it that while I am getting the house ready in case the air raids start.”
I found a matchbox, sticky tape, and some string in the odds and ends drawer. I quickly made Dolly’s gas mask box.
Gina came in the kitchen carrying Dolly.
“Look what I made for Dolly,” I said. I held up the tiny gas mask box.
“Oh, that’s perfect!” Gina exclaimed. “Now Dolly will be safe too.”
Gina slipped the gas mask box over Dolly’s shoulder.
“What are you doing Mummy?” Gina asked.