Emma sat and watched the news with her parents. Tears filled her eyes as images of the disaster in Asia flashed across the screen.
"Oh, Mom," Emma said with a sob.
Mom put her arm around Emma to console her. "It is terrible," said Mom as she stared at the television.
Suddenly, Emma sat up straight. "Lastri!"
Mom looked at Emma with concern. "Who is Lastri?"
Emma jumped off the couch and faced her parents. "Lastri is my friend from school. She moved here from Indonesia last year. I have to call her!"
"I think that would be a good idea," said Mom.
Dad picked up the remote and turned off the television. "Why don't you call from the office," he suggested.
In the office, Dad pulled the phone book out of a drawer. "What is Lastri's last name?"
"Pang," said Emma. "They live near the school."
Dad opened the phone book and scanned the page. "Here's a ‘Pang' on North Street. That's a few blocks from the school." He wrote it down and handed it to Emma.
Emma quickly dialed the number. After a few rings, Mr. Pang answered the phone. "Hello," he said.
"Hello," said Emma. "I'm Lastri's friend, Emma. May I speak to her?"Paragraphs 14 to 48:
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