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The Case of the Missing Deed



The Case of the Missing Deed
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.17

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dark-paneled, faintly, froth-tipped, greenheart, metaphor, philosophy, plush, unassuming, unresolved, inheritance, estate, mahogany, nightstand, wealthy, finding, successful
     content words:    Uncle John, Dear Rachel


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The Case of the Missing Deed
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Uncle John had died last week. Rachel was devastated. And to top it off, she wasn't even sure that she had a place to live anymore.
 
2     Today, the attorney had asked her to come into his office regarding the estate. As she sat in the plush waiting room, Rachel twisted her hands together. She did not like dark-paneled rooms and large mahogany furniture. She did not like pompous paintings of successful lawyers like the ones on the wall. For these reasons, Rachel was not happy at the moment.
 
3     With her freckled nose and red hair pulled back into a ponytail, Rachel looked too young to be visiting an attorney. She was 18, but she looked years younger. She had lived with her uncle for the last three years because her parents had died in a car accident. Uncle John's daughter, Sarah, lived in another state. Uncle John and twenty-five-year-old Sarah had not been close. Rachel, on the other hand, shared something special with her uncle.
 
4     Uncle John had owned a lighthouse and a fishing business. He had been wealthy but had looked unassuming. His white hair had looked as if it had never been combed, and he had always smelled faintly salty. Rachel had loved to peer into tide pools with Uncle John. He had always told her to look carefully beneath the surface. He had said it was a metaphor for his philosophy of life. He had had a way of finding prickly purple sea urchins, skittering crabs, and lazy orange starfish better than anyone else.

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