Mendota, California, June 1960
One of the risks of planning capers at recess is missing the bell. It sucks being the last one in the door. Not only do you have to deal with the ooohs and ahhhs, but you have to spend the rest of the day sitting next to Mrs. Ryan in the “seat of shame,” ugh!
We stood at the curb huddled together against the cool autumn temperature, me, Winifred, Claire, and Daniel (the new kid). We were waiting for Daniel’s sister to arrive to pick him up. That’s when we would gang up on her and charm her into baking the cookies we needed to trap the ‘Lunch-ito Bandito!’
Sometimes it makes me mad looking at all the cutesy pictures of smiling children hanging in the halls here. I know that they are meant to make kids comfortable and less afraid when they stay here, but still, sometimes I think they should have some fine print under each picture that says “enter at your own risk!”
Look for the next KK Undercover Mystery: "THE HAUNTED FIELD TRIP"