Laurence, The Champion (soft cover)
by Lois Marlatt, B.A., M.Ed. « View this author's BIO
The boys could see the outline of the stooped, old man framed by the kitchen light behind him. His bald head shone, and in his left hand was a 12 guage shotgun.
"Is anyone out there?" he shouted again.
Kenny, feeling saucy, replied, "No." He paused to smother a giggle. "There's no one here," he added.
Like a bull who has just seen a red flag, Mr. Grant came running down into the vineyard. He was waving his shotgun in the air, swearing like a madman.
Kenny, sorry for his foolishness, ran away. Laurence decided not to run. Instead, he lay down where he was, and pressed himself as close to the vines as he could. In that way, he left the path between the rows almost empty, and the grape leaves which were hanging down became his cover.
Mr. Grant thundered by.
Laurence could hear Kenny running up and down the rows with Mr. Grant trying to catch him.
"Stop! Stop, thief!" shouted Mr. Grant.
Kenny did not plan to stop. He may have been foolish, but he wasn't stupid. He put on a burst of speed. At any moment he expected to hear the sound of the shotgun going off, but he wasn't afraid. He knew if it was fired, it would be up into the air, well over his head. He kept on running. Mr. Grant would tire first.
Recommended for ages 8 and up
Laurence is a young boy growing up during the Depression. Being poor is the only life he knows.
He lives in a haunted house and is bothered by the resident ghost. At school he faces a crabby teacher, and the school bully. A sister who sometimes tattles on him must also be endured.
Life isn't all bad. Good friends, a blood brother, a man named Running Bear, and Laurence's dog, Spot, share Laurence's enjoyment of life and exciting adventures.