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In Philip and the Baby Philip resents the fact that a new baby is coming into his house. Will anything get Philip to love and accept his new baby sister before he drives his parents crazy with his behavior?
In Philip and the Case of Mistaken Identity Philip and his best friend Emery, detectives on the trail, try to cope with a mystifying little girl who runs them a merry chase.
“Who shall we follow?” Philip whispered back.
“I don’t know. Let’s keep looking.”
Up and down the aisles Philip and Emery searched. They rejected a man carrying a quart of milk and a box of diapers. He was moving too quickly. Then they rejected an older woman pushing a cart, who stopped in front of practically every item in the store. She was too slow. Suddenly, Philip grabbed Emery by the arm and stopped.
“There’s that girl,” said Philip.
“The one from the library. Her, with the blonde hair. See her? She’s the one who smiled at me.”
“That girl smiled at you? Why?”
“I don’t know. Because I was in the library.”
“No girl ever smiled at me because I was in the library. Thank goodness.”
“She was in front of me when I returned your book. Hey, you still owe me twenty cents.”
“I know. I know. Don’t worry. Want to follow her? It’s a pretty suspicious thing she did.”
“Smile at you. Why would any girl want to smile at you? Don’t you want to find out whether she lives in an institution or not?”
“In an institution. You know, where they put crazy people. That would explain why she smiled at you.”
“Because she’s crazy?”
“Maybe she’s crazy about you.” Emery smiled, jiggling his black-pencil eyebrows.
Philip felt his stomach tighten up again. “She’s not crazy about me,” Philip said slowly, pronouncing each word carefully. He wondered why Emery always made him either want to talk loud or talk slowly to him. “But she did act suspicious.”
As Philip and Emery watched, the girl took two cans of soup off the shelf and looked around. Just then the older woman who had slowly been inspecting everything on the shelves came around the corner and into the aisle with her cart. The girl walked over to her and dropped the two cans into the cart. The girl and the woman spoke a moment, then turned around, and moved toward the checkout line.
“Okay, okay,” said Emery. “Follow them.”
John Paulits’s suspense, horror and science fiction stories have appeared in various magazines (The Mendocino Review, Crossroads, Labyrinth and others) over the past twenty-five years. His children’s novels, Philip Gets Even and Philip and the Case of Mistaken Identity have been published by Wingsepress. An additional Philip novel was published by Mayhaven Publishing. The first two volumes of his mystery series The Shakespeare Murders are available from Chippewa Publishing. Mr. Paulits lives in New York City and at the Jersey shore. His wife is a banker and his daughter, a social worker.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 150
Paper Weight (lb): 6.6
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