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Ship in the Mist, Part 1



Ship in the Mist, Part 1
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.12

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     challenging words:    determined, embankment, gray-haired, indiana, finding, preoccupation, waterfront, formation, intention, immediately, phones, dreams, tide, structure, detector, itself


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Ship in the Mist, Part 1
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The Miller family car came to a stop next to the beach house. It wasn't a large structure, but it was comfortable enough for a family of five for the week.
 
2     Mom and Dad immediately began to unload the car. The two eldest siblings, Neil and Andrea, grabbed their suitcases and hauled them to their rooms. The third, Brian, gently removed his brand new metal detector. He carefully held it in his arms and laid it on the bed in the beach house. Only then did he go out to get his suitcase and the shovel he would need for digging for treasure.
 
3     Neil and Andrea could hardly wait to get down to the beach. They fidgeted about until Dad finally gave the okay. They quickly changed into their swimsuits, grabbed their towels, and headed down the embankment to the ocean itself.
 
4     Brian also changed into his swimsuit, but he had no intention of going swimming. Instead of a towel, he carried his metal detector, the directions for how to use it, and a small shovel.
 
5     The batteries were already installed, and the head phones were plugged in. Dad went over the directions with Brian until they were both clear about how it worked.
 
6     The two older siblings watched Brian as he slowly walked in a line along the shore swinging the metal detector slowly from side to side. It gave off a funny screech once, and they watched as he set the detector down and began to dig. They ran toward him, wondering what treasure he'd found.
 
7     The two laughed when they saw him pull a rusted license plate from the sand.
 
8     "That's some treasure," said Neil.

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