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River Bank Mystery (Part 1/3)



River Bank Mystery (Part 1/3)
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.61

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    burly, ebenezer, home-spun, meted, soiled, lawman, tarp, uncomfortable, accidental, murder, anger, likely, rough, banks, perhaps, alive
     content words:    Jackson Shaw, Joe Harris, John Tull, Adam Pope, Ebenezer Tull, Eben Tull


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River Bank Mystery (Part 1/3)
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Sunlight dappled the stream and banks as Jackson Shaw carefully stepped over the uneven ground. His home-spun pants and shirt were already soiled with the sweat and dirt that went along with farming. Work had started early, and now he was taking a break by the winding stream. Perhaps, he thought, he would even catch a fish or two for supper.
 
2     Shaw baited the hook on the end of his fishing line. Just as he was ready to drop it in the water, a rock suddenly hit him in the back of his head. Jackson Shaw sunk silently to the ground.
 
3     * * *
 
4     Joe Harris stood over Jackson Shaw's body. He was reaching down to see if the man was alive, when a voice shouted from the top of the river bank behind him.
 
5     "Hey! What'chu doing down there?" demanded the man.
 
6     Joe looked up and staggered upright again. He glanced around looking for somewhere to hide.
 
7     "Is that you, Joe?" asked John Tull as he picked his way down the steep bank. His farm shared the river as a boundary line just as the Harris and Shaw farms did.
 
8     Joe's shoulders slumped. There was no way he could get out of this now.
 
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