#S-13 Upper Middle-Grade Contemporary : SUMMER SPELL
The heat has everyone on edge in Louisiana, including fourteen-year-old Cassidy Harwell’s family, and the tension between them only gets worse when her father decides to sell their farm, now all they do is fight.
I’m sitting in the kitchen with Mama, and she’s got the radio on full blast. They’re playing one of her favorite songs, and she’s singing along to it. Mama’s voice is as sweet as nectarines. It puts a smile on my face. I wish I could sing like Mama.
The song ends and the news comes on. Mama shakes her head at the radio as the news reporter says that it’ll be another hot night in Louisiana. “Humph,” she says. She stops chopping carrots and turns to me. “If the devil thought he had us then. He sure does now.”
“And what if you don’t believe in the devil, Mama?” I ask.
She raises her brow and wags her finger at me. “Don’t you ever let me hear you ask that again, Cassidy. The devil is as alive as we are.”