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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, uncomfortable, killing, accidental, handy, stream, banks, murder, upright, tarp, winding
     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 its banks as Jackson Shaw carefully stepped over the uneven ground. His homespun 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 stood upright again. He glanced around, as if looking for somewhere to hide.
 
7     "Is that you, Joe?" asked Ebenezer Tull as he picked his way down the steep bank. His farm shared the river as a boundary line with the Harris and Shaw farms.
 
8     Joe's shoulders slumped. There was no way he could get out of this now.
 
9     * * *

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