IN SEARCH OF A SMILE
Mr and Mrs Sweet looked at each other with concern as Chloe disappeared around the corner. Chloe hadn’t SMILED at them on her way to school. And that was a very worrying first.
As Chloe slouched along the road she saw a policeman. She tried to muster a SMILE for him. It must be a very difficult job and they are so brave, she thought. If anyone needs a SMILE it’s a policeman. She looked at him, but found herself only able to stare. And the policeman didn’t look best pleased. She didn’t even look at the lollipop lady – who snapped at a small boy dawdling as he crossed the road and made him cry.
And there was a dishevelled Mr Broderick, pedalling across the playground ahead of her, already late for the start of his day because that morning his car had broken down before he’d even backed out of his drive; and the seat of the bike he’d jumped on had fallen off, so he’d come to work on his daughter’s tiny pink bicycle shaped like a It was exactly the kind of sight guaranteed to make any child – not least one as humorously inclined as Chloe – but…
NOTHING. Today, the world stayed grey. There was no doubt about it, Chloe had lost her smile. And she hadn’t a clue how, or where. Or indeed what ON EARTH was going to happen to a girl with a LOST SMILE.
This is an edited extract from The Girl With The Lost Smile by Miranda Hart, which will be published on 5 October by Hodder Children’s Books, price £12.99*