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Bob's Big Ride



Bob's Big Ride
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.93

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    adventurous, attendant, boyfriend, coaster, coaster-reptile, equilibrium, extra-large, exuberant, full-day, goop, instantly, launching, Rip-off, rollercoaster, sequence, sinister
     content words:    Cobra Corkscrew, Rip-off World, Lazy River, Corkscrew Cobra


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Bob's Big Ride
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Bob was sure his friends were going to die.
 
2     He looked up. Screaming people whirled over his head in a blackish, wicked blur. Bob gratefully felt the solid earth under his feet. He relished the fact that no G-forces were tearing at his body. He never, ever wanted to go on the Cobra Corkscrew.
 
3     Bob knew that the giant roller coaster was actually a black, metallic snake ready to gobble up its victims after making them sick. The roller coaster-reptile went steeply up, then quickly down. Then, the thing whirled around and around in a sickening, sinister double loop. Bob knew better than to let that snake-like ride bite him.
 
4     However, his friends survived.
 
5     "Bob, that was great! You have to try it!" Hazel said. She had long red hair and pale skin that didn't look any paler because of the ride. Bob thought she was amazingly brave!
 
6     "No, thanks. That is not the ride for me," said Bob.
 
7     "You have to do at least one roller coaster while we are here. You can't just stay on the ground all day," Scott said. He was Hazel's boyfriend. He also was very brave!
 
8     Hazel, Bob, and Scott went over to the Italian ice stand, and soon they were sipping, slurping, and savoring the colorful, cold cones. Bob ate a blue raspberry ice. Hazel gulped down a green apple one. Scott devoured an extra-large, tangy, lemon slushy. Chunks of colored ice dribbled down their chins, but they didn't care. It was 95 degrees in the shade. Heat made the buildings in the distance ripple in waves, so the ices tasted great. A blob of Bob's ice fell on the hot pavement. It instantly turned into a blue pool of sneaker-wrecking goop.

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