Big Mistake

Big Mistake

by JC Gardner

ISBN: 9780991560844

Publisher Perfect Publishing

Published in Children's Books/Sports & Activities, Children's Books/Literature & Fiction, Children & Teens (Young Adult), Children's Books

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Book Description

Fiction adventure book for pre-teens w/word search puzzle & discussion questions. Tony has dreams of being in the NBA and also wants a BMX bike that he has to buy himself. So when he's invited to play a b-ball game for money, he skips school to make some fast cash. Things don’t go as planned, as he encounters one bad situation after another. Journey with Tony as he learns that family is the only one you can depend on. Then continue your adventure with the bonus short story, Seven Blocks. This book illustrates gentle life lessons & also shows children in a supportive home environment.

Sample Chapter

“Yo man, whatcha doin’ here so early?” Tony barked, yanking the door open to see his cousin, Cory, standing on the front porch. “And why you tryin’ to break down my door?”

Cory was the same age as Tony but he looked like a ten-year-old. Cory was always getting picked on, mostly because he was into the books.

“I rang the bell first, but I guess you didn’t hear it. Sounds like you’re having a party in there.” Cory strained to peek inside, just in case it really was a party.

Tony grinned. “Yeah, I was jammin’.” He bopped his head like he could still hear the music.

“Look cuz, I figured we could get a head start for a change.” Cory adjusted the glasses on his mocha colored face, trying to act large and in charge.

Tony shrugged his shoulders. “What’s the rush? The school ain’t goin’ nowhere. You wanna come in?”

He shook his head like a disapproving parent. “Can we be early just for once? C’mon, let’s go.”

Tony frowned and poked Cory in the shoulder. “You need to lighten up.” He backed in the house and slipped on his oxfords, grabbed his keys and books, and locked the door.

They took the same route every morning and their conversations always circled around to their hopes and dreams. Tony went on and on about making it into the NBA, and Cory was going to become the first scientist to find a cure for cancer.

They passed by the same cast of characters most mornings: Old Mr. Langley sitting on his porch drinking his morning coffee and reading his newspaper. He was retired from the military and always greeted them by snapping off a salute. Farther down was Ms. Bertha Perkins, watering her grass and tending to her flower garden. She always won the Neighborhood Association Award for the best lawn. Finally, Mr. Wong, doing his warm-up exercises before his daily jog.

He was a marathon runner with a shelf full of trophies to back it up.

Tony and Cory reached the corner and waited for the traffic light to change. That’s when they noticed double-trouble, two older boys, coming toward them who attended the upper division of their school – well, sometimes they did. Ricky and Craig were soon standing with them and Cory felt nothing but dread.


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Author Profile

JC Gardner

JC Gardner

Ever since the age of twelve, I aspired to be an author. Writing stories became an escape, a way for my imagination to come alive. A closet writer for many years due to my 7th grade teacher humiliating me in class, when it came to sharing my writing, a cloud of self-doubt would follow that it wasn’t worthy or good enough; so it would stay buried, deep within a drawer or just locked up in my mind. I learned what God has placed in your heart, no one can take away.

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