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The Summer without a Vacation



The Summer without a Vacation
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.28

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    diversion, creativity, campout, payment, campsite, optimistic, quizzical, date, this, camping, month, since, tent, doing, understand, plan


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The Summer without a Vacation
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "This stinks," Bradley said to his brother with a grimace.
 
2     "I know," Mark replied. "But you know what Dad said."
 
3     "Yes, I know," Bradley answered back. "But it's not fair. Everyone else gets to go on vacation."
 
4     Bradley and Mark recalled their conversation with their father last night. "Boys, since I got laid off last month, your mother and I think it is for the best that we not go on vacation this year. We would use a lot of money on that trip, money we could keep on hand for food, gas, and the house payment. We hope you understand."
 
5     Mark and Bradley had agreed, but they had gone back to their rooms dejected.
 
6     "It's hard to be around everyone talking about their vacation. Jessica's going to the beach. Tamara is going to Europe. Jackson is going camping in the mountains. We're not doing anything!"
 
7     Bradley, who was by nature a more optimistic person, shot a quizzical look at Mark.
 
8     "What?" Mark said defensively.
 
9     "Mark, do you think Dad and Mom are disappointed?"

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