On April 18, 2013, the Harvey County Independent ran acolumn that Bill Bush wrote about his daughter and son’s toy poodle, Anna.Maybe I Should Have Hit the Delete Key contains Bill’s first one hundred columnspublished in the Independent. Covering a variety of topics, Bill:
Some humorous, some serious, all thought provoking.
Bill’s column, So Many Thoughts So Little Time, can be read regularly in the Harvey County Independent, located in Halstead, Kansas.
That’s the only word to describe what Granny Maya has told Akeena the day after her twelfth birthday. According to a family legend — to be told only to girls in their thirteenth year of life — she, Akeena Lawton herself, might become the only guardian of an underground city of gold.
Her cousin, Melody, whom Akeena considers unfriendly and a snob, was told the legend on her own birthday two months earlier. They are the only female descendents of a long-extinct tribe of people called the Aneeka.
If the legend is true Akeena has only one year to discover the hidden, underground city. Can the legend possibly be true? Even if it is, how can Akeena become the guardian with her cousin, Melody, in the running?
The race is on! Will the snobbish Melody win? Not if Akeena has anything to say about it.
The battle for Vetrix is over. The battlefor Earth begins.
Who can Flipper count on if not even his parents believehim?
After having returned safely from his adventures on the Gude homeplanet, Flipper is dismayed to find only ridicule and skepticism back home. Ofcourse aliens aren’t real; of course these are just the flights of fancy of asixth-grader and his friends. Nobody believes his story. Nobodycares.
But when the Snaders put into motion a nefarious plot to conquer Earthand eliminate the human threat in one fell swoop, Flipper finds his storyverified in a most spectacular–and horrifying–fashion. Not only have they senta deadly fleet to attack Earth, but they have infiltrated the halls of power,insinuated themselves into the heart of human civilization … and now the trapis closing.
With the help of Josh and Allison, along with allies both old and new,Flipper will need to dig deep and find the courage to stand up against theSnaders once more, and prevent them from destroying everything he holdsdear–friends, family, and the world itself.
Peter Jones is tricked into living in a place disguised as a cloud. He and twelve other children have been promised lives as super humans, and they do develop some amazing powers.
Pete convinces his friends that the strange place is not really what it seems. However, they are trapped because they must take daily treatments to survive.
Pete has overwhelming urges to help people on Earth even after he learns that it might destroy him. Some of his friends help him survive his forbidden trips. They also try to find out what is really going on before it is too late.
Phyllis Roth Lewis was a teacher and writer. She earned degrees from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, and Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. She passed away in 2009.
Phyllis first published Trapped on a Cloud in 2000.
Three friends–eleven adventures–one goodtime.
Before Flipper is kidnapped in front of Allison and Josh (details inthe book Vetrix), the three best friends had a relatively normal life, thoughthese short stories show that even ordinary kids doing everyday activitiesexperience extraordinary moments. What kind of fun lies inside thesepages?
– Josh and Allison get kicked out of a field trip
– They each share their most embarrassing moment
– Flipper uses his best pick-up lines on a girl he has a crush on
– The kids play a prank on Christmas night
– Allison and Flipper help Josh deal with a bully
– An indoor activity sends one of them to the emergency room
– Flipper and Allison battle against a tarantula that is stalking them
– Flipper fights a goat
– Allison becomes a sleuth
… and more
Experience the trio’s friendship as they have a good time together, nomatter the circumstances.
Two alien species. One threat to Earth.
But who is the real threat and who can be trusted?
Twelve-year-old Flipper didn’t believe in aliens — until he was kidnapped by one.
When he wakes up one morning on the planet Vetrix he is trapped in the midst of an inter-planetary war. As Flipper struggles to survive and find a way back to Earth he discovers he may be a descendent of one of the warring species and that his intervening in the war may be his destiny, if destiny is decided by a computer program.
On Earth, Allison begins having dreams that turn out to be real experiences. When she watches a purple man disappear with her cousin, Flipper, no one believes her. Allison’s best friend Josh agrees to help and together the two sixth-graders begin their own investigation that leads them to the truth behind the Roswell Incident of 1947 and current alien activity on Earth.
As they try to gure out how to expose the secret colony of aliens and their plans to destroy the human race, Allison attempts to use her dreams to locate and rescue Flipper.