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Acting Like Angels


Acting Like Angels
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.7

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    cafetorium, non-stop, lonesome, auditorium, opposite, better, repetition, retorted, stage, friendship, lines, beginning, role, actually, inseparable, lead
     content words:    Angels Among Us, But Tamara Hogan


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Acting Like Angels
By Beth Beutler
  

1     Donna and Leann were best friends. They had very little in common, which was part of the fun. Donna was outgoing, and athletic and liked sports. Leann was a little more somber, spent a lot of time at the library, and liked academics. They were opposite enough to really enjoy each other. That is, until the day their friendship was put to the test.
 
2     My name is Andrea. I've hung around with Donna and Leann a lot, but they were closest with each other. It was interesting to watch this whole situation from the sidelines. For months Donna and Leann were inseparable. They'd go to movies, read the same paperbacks from the library, and talk on the phone several nights a week. Then the tryouts for the school play, "Angels Among Us" were announced.
 
3     Donna was out sick when the tryouts were announced. Leann would have been lonesome if she and I had not gone through the day together. Surprisingly, she talked non-stop about trying out for the play. It really surprised me. It didn't strike me as something she would enjoy. I guess she wanted to expand her horizons.
 
4     "I'd love to have the lead role!" she gushed. "I'll be nervous!"
 
5     "I think you'd do great." I answered. I knew Leann would be distressed at the beginning of tryouts, but she wouldn't flee the stage.
 
6     The next day, Leanne was out sick. (The normal winter "something-going-around" had obviously hit our school.) This time, Donna and I went through the day together. It was like a repetition of yesterday, only with a new person.
 
7     "I'd love to have the lead role!" Donna gushed. (Here we go again!)
 
8     "I think you'd do great," I answered. (I wasn't lying. I actually thought either of them would do great.)
 
9     That Friday, tryouts began. Donna and Leanne were both feeling better, but for some strange reason, had never mentioned the play tryouts to the other. They both showed up in the cafetorium (cafeteria by day, auditorium for special events) and began to fill out an application. I went along just to watch.

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