“I ran into my room and went under the covers of my bed. I heard my parents’ footsteps coming closer and closer to my room. Then I finally heard the door open and I heard my name being called.”
Chapter 1 just getting started
My name is Zayel Smith. I’m ten years old. I live in New York. I go to Hunter. I have four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. Their names are Kennan, Alex, Hannah, and Daniella. Here are some adjectives about my siblings: Hannah: mean and bossy. Kennan: thinker and chatter box. Daniella: dumb and weird. Alex: Focused and humorous.I’m the youngest. Some of us do not get along. I like Alex the best because we’re almost twins and he’s very funny.Hannah is the worst because she’s the oldest. She’s bossy and annoying. For an example, one time Hannah stepped on my ankle because I stepped on hers by ACCIDENT and then she stepped on mine ON PURPOSE. Sometimes she kicks me out of the room when she’s watching a show that she thinks is too inappropriate for me.
When summer comes, I want to go to sleepaway camp because I want to get away from most of my siblings. I like my mom and dad because they don’t get mad at me that much. But it’s fall, and that means it’s three more seasons to go! The good thing about fall though is that I get to do things that my older sister doesn’t get to do, like tennis practice, and Hannah is old enough to walk home by herself, so I get time away from her. Like we go to a different school. I like my school because I really like math and they give a lot of math and their food/lunch is very good. But lots of the time the math is really easy. At school I have a lot of friends. My best friends are Isabella and Caroline. We get along pretty well. It’s different from my older sister because they’re not bossy to me and they don’t do things that my sister would do. Isabella is forgiving and Caroline shares.
Right now I’m having dinner and so far it’s been pretty good, and we are eating burritos. And we haven’t been fighting.
“Today we found out all the mistakes we made on our math test, and I got two wrong,” I said.
“That’s horrible,” said Hannah. That made me feel mad.
“But you got four wrong and that’s even worse,” I said.
Then Hannah said, “But our math is harder and I’m only four years older.”
Mom said, “Let’s talk about something else.”
But we didn’t listen to Mom.
Mom said it again then Hannah had an idea and then went silent because she was thinking if she would do her idea or not.Her idea was…
Chapter 2 bad for Zayel and good for Hannah
Hannah went in my room when I was in my bed (i’m the youngest so I go to bed first.)Looked around my room and then saw what she was looking for. She tiptoed to my desk and gently picked up my homework and ripped it! Then she tiptoed/ran out of my room. Then she pretended to be like she didn’t do anything. Then she did some of her own homework and then went to the living room to watch a show. The next morning, I woke up and started getting dressed. I was walking to get out of my room and I realized that I saw strips of paper on the ground. Then I looked on the back of some of the strips and it looked like it had some typing on it and some handwriting on it. I didn’t realize that it was my homework until it was the afternoon. I looked around in my desk and I couldn’t find it and I asked my mom and dad to help me find it, then they couldn’t find it. Then I asked my sister where it was and she said, “I don’t know where it is but I went in your room to check on you.” Then I still didn’t realize that it was my homework and Hannah had ripped it up. When the school day was over, I came home with a bad attitude because that was the homework that I had finished and it was due today. Then I went to the living room and my dad and my mom were on the living room couch. I told them about my day and they almost forgot to tell me where my homework went. They said that it’s on the floor because I don’t think you realized it because the scraps of paper on the floor are the ripped up homework.
“But I don’t know who ripped it up.”
“Ask all your siblings if they know who ripped it up and tell them to be honest with us or else they will get punished.”
I went to all the rooms and looked for all my siblings. I found three of them but I couldn’t find the last one. I found Alex and I found Kennan and Daniella. Alex was in his room. He said he didn’t do it. Kennan was in the living room watching TV and he said, “I didn’t do it!” Daniella was in her room. I asked her, “Did you rip up my homework?” Daniella said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I believed her because she usually tells the truth.
I still didn’t know who it was. I counted on my fingers and said out loud, “Kennan, Alex, and Daniella but not Hannah. Now I think it might be Hannah.”
chapter 3 getting closer to the end of the homework mystery
I looked around the whole entire house and couldn’t find Hannah, but then I finally found her. And I said, “Did you rip my homework?”
And she said, “I’m too old to do things like that.”
Then I walked away and then I remembered that the adjectives that I think of all my siblings are Daniella – dumb and weird, Kennan – a thinker and chatter box, Alex – focused and humorous, and Hannah… mean and bossy. I went back to my mom and dad and told her that I think it’s Hannah.
“I think you should go talk to her,” I said to my parents.
“we’ll go talk to all your siblings, just in case,” they said.
“I think that’s a good idea,” I said.
Then I went to my room and looked in my desk. I found more ripped up homework. I looked around my room and I found more. Then I went back to my parents and said, “I found even more ripped up paper.Can you come look?”
Then my parents came to my room and said, “That sure is a lot of ripped up homework. I think I should go talk to your siblings right now.”
My parents went to Kennan. He said, “No.” They went to Alex. He said no too. Then they went to Daniella and she said “No.” Then they went to Hannah and Hannah said, “I thought that was regular paper.”
“Shut up, Hannah!” said her dad.
“YOU shut up!” said her mom to her dad.
My parents kept on arguing. In that time Hannah snuck out of her room and went outside to play. I didn’t see.
I tried to stop my parents from arguing. “You’re supposed to argue with Hannah, not each other!”
Then I pushed my parents aside. When I did it I punched my parents by mistake! I ran into my room and went under the covers of my bed. I heard my parents’ footsteps coming closer and closer to my room. Then I finally heard the door open and I heard my name being called.
Chapter 4 Actually getting Hannah in trouble
My parents came into my room and they picked up the blanket that I was hiding under and threw it across the room. I was surprised that they didn’t get me in trouble. Instead, they were actually looking for Hannah.
They asked me, “Do you know where Hannah is?”
I said, “No. I didn’t see.”
So my parents went in all of the rooms and hiding spots. As many places as they could possible find. But they didn’t find Hannah. Then they started to get a little bit worried. Then they went downstairs and asked the doorman to see if he saw Hannah come out.
“Yes, I did see Hannah,” he said. “I’m pretty sure that she went northeast, which is the way to the park.”
In the meantime, I called Caroline to see if she had the homework and she could email to me. Caroline came over and brought me a few pieces of the homework that I needed.
Caroline said, “I’m sorry I didn’t bring all the homework that you needed but I brought a few pieces.”
So they both called Isabella and Isabella came over and brought her the rest of the homework that I needed.
I said thanks to both of my friends for bringing me my homework.
Downstairs my parents went northeast, knowing that was the way to the park. Then they found Hannah. Hannah was running and playing soccer with her friends. My parents ran onto the field that they were playing on and grabbed Hannah out of the game.
“Let go! I’ll walk by myself if you let go!” Hannah screamed at the top of her lungs.
They let go and as she started to walk by herself she went back to her game. My parents ran back and grabbed her again and didn’t let go this time. Then Hannah felt embarrassed because her friends saw.
Hannah said, “I’ll say sorry if I can go back to my game.”
“No,” said my parents. “First apologize to Zayel. And we might let you play with your friends.”
Back at the house, I was playing with my friends, and I heard a knock on the door. I got out of the room and went to the door and said, “Who is it?”
My parents replied, “Your parents.”
I opened the door and there were my parents and Hannah. Hannah apologized and then tried to go back downstairs to the park. But my parents didn’t let her go. They grabbed her arm. In the meantime, I was making a sign for her room that said “Hannah Keep Out!” But this entire scene took a long time.
Hannah’s behavior got better and better as the year went by. She stayed out of my way. For example, Hannah always left my room when I was ready to do my homework. I ended up getting a good grade in math class.
And now it’s finally summer! Now I get to go to sleepaway camp! But I might miss my family a little bit. Even Hannah.