Lenny’s Book of Ev­ery­thing

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section - By Karen Foxlee

I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Tim­o­thy his imag­i­nary pet ea­gle. He was scared. ‘What­ever you do,’ I said to Davey on the walk to school, ‘Do not tell peo­ple about your ea­gle. Do not tell Miss Sch­weitzer about your ea­gle.’

He looked crest­fallen. His shoul­ders slumped. He looked to make sure Tim­o­thy hadn’t fallen off.

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won’t stop grow­ing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their sin­gle mother, who works two jobs and is made al­most en­tirely out of wor­ries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else.

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