Wil rushed across the playground. She had to reach Joey. She did not know what Bud might do next. Suzie and Robert followed Wil.
Wil stood next to Joey. “Everybody can play,” she said.
Bud made his mean face. “I’m not talking to you, Wilhemena,” he said.
Joey edged closer to Wil. He whispered, “Yeah, everybody can play.”
“Who said, little BABY,” Bud said to Joey.
Joey’s lips trembled. “The principal, Mrs. Johnson said. She makes the rules,” he said.
“The principal isn’t here, is she?” Bud shouted.
Wil stepped in front of Joey. I have to be nice, she kept telling herself. She grinned and said, “Those are the rules. Why don’t we start up another game?”
Some of the kids started to play again.
“What do you know, Wilhemena?” Bud yelled.
Suzie said, “She doesn’t like to be called Wilhemena.”
“She likes ‘Wil’,” Joey said.
“What’s going on?” a voice said.
It was Mrs. Campbell, the playground monitor. She was coming closer.
“Oh, nothing,” Bud said. He kneeled and pretended to tie his boots. No one else said a word.
“You’re new here, aren’t you?” Mrs. Campbell asked. “What’s your name?”
Bud looked up. “Bud Dunphry,” he said. His voice was squeaky.
The Great Snowball Escapade: Character Quotes
Wil had an idea. “It’s his first day. Bud has to see the principal before school starts,” she told the playground monitor.
Then the bell rang. Mrs. Campbell blew her whistle.
Putting a hand on Bud’s shoulder, she said, “You can come with me. Bud. I’m heading for the office. Everyone else line-up! Line up!”
“Okay,” Bud mumbled. He fell into step beside Mrs. Campbell then turned and make a face at Wil. It was his, you’re-going-to-get-it face.
Robert stared at Bud. Then he looked at Wil. “Hey,” he said. “Isn’t he the kid who was with you and your mother at the store yesterday, Wil?”
Wil frowned. “He’s my cousin.”
Suzie cried, “Oh, no! You’ve got problems.” ~from The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 years old, by JD Holiday