But just when I believed something was simple, there was always more lurking underneath. I hopped out of the chair, grabbed my soccer cleats, and ran downstairs to the kitchen. Dad glanced at me from the table where he was reading the news on our wall screen. My mom sat next to him, reading a magazine—she insists on having the hard copy, printed on plastic paper.
Dad examined the shoes I was holding with disapproval. I felt my hands tighten around the shoes and I kept my eyes focused steadily on his. We had the same large, penetrating eyes, the color of swirling gray clouds with flecks of green floating near the pupils. When my dad was angry, his eyes turned as dark as storm clouds just before they erupt into a downpour.
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He could use his eyes to intimidate, to persuade, or to demand respect. He leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms over his chest. I thought you were just playing fall and winter leagues. He tried too often to make me duck under his discipline. Baley, our chocolate Lab, wagged her tail next to me and I bent down to scratch her ears. I tried not to roll my eyes since I knew my dad made more money than ten families would know what to do with, being the director of Digital School, Inc. It was also his power and connections that got me in trouble two and a half years ago and created the constant rift of distrust in our relationship.
I nodded once and thanked him. I raced out the front door and ran down the sidewalk to try and catch the train. The air was warm and the sun was finally making its spring entrance, after a long winter of hibernation. Rays of light peered through the branches above me and painted a splattering of bright and dull colors on the turf grass below. The tower of green leaves crinkled in the breeze as I passed. I met the train just as it pulled to a stop on Hamersley Street. I jumped on and scanned my fingerprint against a tiny screen as the doors beeped shut behind me.
Erin sat by the window in the back of the compartment. She was watching something on her phone and nodding her head to the music floating out of the speakers. I took my phone out of my pocket to check a message. A middle-aged man dressed in khaki shorts and a white T-shirt promised me I could transform my entire lawn into a colorful flower garden in five easy steps.
I watched him roll out a thick carpeting of plastic grass speckled with fake flowers and staple it into the ground. She smirked and pressed a few buttons on her keypad. I shrugged. I heard whistling in the distance and Erin and I looked up to see a small school of black birds soaring overhead. Their small inky bodies formed a moving arrow in the sky, like a kite with no strings attached to reel it back down to the ground. Seeing birds in the city was rare, since all the trees and gardens were synthetic, but once in a while they passed through and I always took it as a sign that something exceptional was about to happen.
I looked down at the dark outline of a bird tattooed on the inside of my wrist, where the skin is delicate and the veins are thick. I ran my finger along its outstretched wings and smiled. Every time I looked at my tattoo I was reminded of the person I wanted to be.
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Erin and I sat down on the grass to stretch. We were the only two players that showed up early for practice every week. I frowned to show her, for the tenth time, it was not a date. Her phone beeped and she started typing a message. I never revealed my real picture online. They saw cartoons, photographs, and clip art images that illustrated the idea of me.
Erin set her phone down and met my eyes for the first time today. Why bother? Besides, I never expected to meet Justin in person. See All Customer Reviews.
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Overview Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years. She currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon. The trees in Oregon were the inspiration for her story. Awaken is her debut novel. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
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