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Laura Secord - Canadian Heroine, Part 2



Laura Secord - Canadian Heroine, Part 2
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.53

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    fatigue, strands, refused, rustle, brother, clink, rattlesnake, saucer, warning, rested, tears, reward, attack, direction, however, banks
     content words:    Twelve Mile Creek, Black Swamp, Lieutenant Fitzgibbon, Beaver Dams


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Laura Secord - Canadian Heroine, Part 2
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Laura Secord's brother could not help her. She would have to warn the British herself.
 
2     Laura set her tea cup down with a hard "clink" on the saucer. "Are you sure there isn't anyone else?" she asked.
 
3     Charles shook his head.
 
4     "I guess there is no choice," said Laura. "The message must go, and so must I."
 
5     The sun was creeping up when Laura hurried out to the road. She looked down at her light-coloured cotton dress. There was no way to hide from sentries today, she thought. The only thing she could do was cut across the country and hope she didn't get lost.
 
6     Laura cut across fields as she followed Twelve Mile Creek. The trees along its banks were too far away to cool her. Tiny black flies and mosquitoes waited in every bit of shade she passed through. They rose like a cloud biting at any patch of skin they could reach.
 
7     Finally she reached the edge of Black Swamp. Brambles tore her dress, and the mud sucked at her feet. Every step had to be taken carefully. She did not even realize at first when her shoes were lost.
 
8     Laura looked up trying to gauge the time. Sweat dripped off the end of her nose and ran down her neck. She pushed the wet strands of hair back into place.
 
9     At every sound, Laura started. Was that the buzz of a cicada or the warning sound of a rattlesnake? Was the rustle a short way off a wolf stalking her as prey?

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