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Answering the Phone
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.1

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Brrrringggg, dunno, greeting, nope, receiver, residence, secretary, yeah, minutes, herself, sprayed, caller, greet, picked, polite, stranger
     content words:    Bonnie Torwald, Then Mrs, Is Bonnie Torwald


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Other Languages
     French: Répondre au téléphone
     Spanish: Al contestar el teléfono
     Italian: Rispondere al telefono
     German: Einen Anruf entgegen nehmen


Answering the Phone
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     CJ was in the kitchen helping herself to a chocolate chip cookie when the phone rang. Her mother had gone to pay a bill. Her brother was at a friend's house. She could have let the answering machine pick up, but CJ decided to answer the phone herself. She picked up the receiver.
 
2     "Yeah, hello?" CJ bit into her cookie and chewed.
 
3     "Hello, is Bonnie Torwald there?"
 
4     "Who wants to know?" CJ's mouth was full of cookie. She sprayed the phone with crumbs as she spoke.
 
5     "I'm Mrs. Carroll. Is this Ms. Torwald?"
 
6     CJ snorted. "Do I sound like Ms. Torwald?"
 
7     There was a pause. "Is this the Torwald residence?"
 
8     "Yeah, but my mom isn't here right now. Sorry." CJ wandered into the kitchen to get some milk. Maybe she would also get another cookie!
 
9     "Would you tell her I called, please?"
 
10     "Sure, yeah, I can do that," CJ said absently as she tried to pour milk with one hand.
 
11     The woman recited her phone number while CJ rolled her eyes. What was she, a secretary? But she agreed to give her mother the message and hung up.
 
12     Mrs. Torwald hurried into the house a few minutes later.

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