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The First Fourth
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.69

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    alleyway, buff, outdated, lint, entire, interesting, history, actually, weary, health, outfit, league, presses, appear, afterward, impossible
     content words:    Uncle Josh, Electro Quantum Bubble, Had Uncle Josh, Quantum Bubble, Independence Hall, Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia Evening Post


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The First Fourth
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "Uncle Josh, I know you are a major league history buff, but aren't you carrying things a little too far?"
 
2     Dan gestured to the long outdated clothes of the late 1700s that his uncle was wearing, complete with a three-cornered hat.
 
3     "Actually," said Uncle Josh, "I'm planning a very special trip."
 
4     "Where would you wear an outfit like that?" asked Dan.
 
5     "The question isn't really where but when," said his uncle.
 
6     "That's crazy," said Dan. "You're talking about time travel. That's impossible."
 
7     "Actually, it's not," replied Uncle Josh calmly. "My Electro Quantum Bubble can do just that. Where do you think I get these clothes?" He brushed some lint from his shoulder. "By the way," he continued, "I got some clothes that should fit you, as well. Want to come?"
 
8     Dan wasn't sure what to say. Had Uncle Josh taken a flying leap off the mental health deep end, or had he truly invented a way to travel through time? A shiver of fear prickled his neck, but it was nothing like the wave of excitement he felt over the possibilities. Before he could think himself out of it, Dan nodded.
 
9     "Sure. This could be fun. What year will we be visiting?"

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