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Soccer, Smoke, and Steam


Soccer, Smoke, and Steam
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.2

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    baggie, currently, inwardly, outwardly, sign-up, sign-ups, sounding, purpose, normally, prunes, shaving, loss, goalie, guys, allow, exactly
     content words:    I'm Taylor Burns, Eric Fulton, Suddenly Eric Fulton, Jordan Nickles, Ethan Davis


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Soccer, Smoke, and Steam   

1     At soccer sign-ups, I noticed this kid in line ahead of me. He was a few inches taller than I am. It seemed as if everyone had grown at least a foot since last year, except me! Anyway, I had never seen this kid before. He had curly hair, freckles, and a gap between his front teeth.
 
2     "Hi, I'm Taylor Burns," I said. "Are you new here?"
 
3     He looked down at me. "You guess correctly. My family and I recently moved here," he said. "I applaud your deductive skills."
 
4     "Huh?"
 
5     "Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Eric Fulton."
 
6     He caught me off guard when he stuck out his hand. This kid spoke and acted like somebody's father. I shook his hand, anyway.
 
7     Just to be polite, I asked how he liked it here.
 
8     "I must confess, at first I was forlorn at the loss of my old playground. However, I have ceased to dwell on my former home. I choose to forget the past, and live in the present instead."

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