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Anthony's Big Surprise (NEATE 3) by Wade Hudson

By Wade Hudson

Somebody is sending Anthony dear presents. whilst Anthony figures out who it truly is, he discovers that his complete global is ready to alter. this can be the 3rd ebook of NEATE, a well-liked center reader sequence that includes five African-American pre-teens.

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Out of the corner of his eye, Anthony could see the man smiling. It looked like a smile motivated by pride. What’s he smiling for? Anthony thought. Anthony stared at the photo. A part of him wanted to see if the baby was really him. Another part of him wanted the entire episode to disappear. Should he look at the photo? As he debated whether to accept the photograph, the man stood there and just kept on smiling, just — 43 — Anthony’s Big Surprise waiting. Should he give this strange man more pleasure by looking at the stupid photo?

After that I’m going to Los Angeles. ” The man looked at Anthony one more time before leaving. He could see Anthony looked like him. Anthony had a slender body too. The two even held their heads alike, tilted a little to the left. Anthony’s nose looked more like his mother’s. But he had his father’s ears. Charles Johnson smiled appreciatively as he eyed his son. “Goodbye,” he said finally. Anthony didn’t look up. His father tipped his hat to his son then left. Just as Anthony started to leave, his mother came down stairs.

She turned to look at her son. “He came to my school today. ” Ms. Young walked closer to the bed where Anthony was now sitting. “Anthony, your father is dead. ” “Mom, he had my baby picture and everything. And he looks just like the man in the picture on my dresser! You told me that’s my father, didn’t you? ” “Somebody must be playing a game or something. Anthony, your father is dead! He died just after you were born. I don’t know who that man was you saw, but he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

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