Gabriel casually walked over to the pantry which was just a little closet to the right of the kitchen across from the large table. He opened the door and began examining the pantry itself. You see, the pantry was tiny. It was the size of a little broom closet and everything else in this treehouse was of much larger magnitude. It just didn't fit. If you had a table and eight chairs you had multiple people meeting or eating here and this pantry would only hold enough food for a few people, not to mention wouldn’t store anything of substance. Standing eye level in the pantry, his eyes became fixed on an old lantern sitting on the middle of the shelf, surrounded by canned food. Why in the world would an old lantern, just like the two they had found in the cave, be sitting in the middle of a pantry inside of a treehouse? And, surrounded by food, nonetheless. It was completely out of place.
Gabriel grabbed the lantern and picked it up. As he did, the pantry floor began to move and he quickly jumped back into the kitchen and looked down. To his disbelief, the floor had opened revealing a dark staircase. Gabriel looked up and saw Magdalena and Hubert staring at the floor in amazement alongside him.
“No, no, no. I'm not doing this! If we go down those steps and that trap floor decides to shut, we are stuck, stuck, stuck and no one will ever find us!” screamed Hubert.
Magdalena stood there contemplating. Hubert had a good point. Curiosity was killing the cat quickly, but, he really had a good point. If they became trapped underneath the pantry floor, no one would ever find them and they would die there. She was all about adventure, but that was pushing it a little she thought, even for her.
She walked over to Gabriel, pulled another match out of her pocket, lit the lantern Gabriel was still holding in his hand from the pantry, and said, “Hubert, you stand watch and keep this lantern with you. Do not let this floor close on us. Gabriel, let’s go check this out!”
Gabriel looked at Hubert and said, “Don't let us down! If that floor closes you better run through that cave and get help. Don't be scared, just do it!”
Hubert didn't know what was worse, going down those stairs or the thought of running back through that sacrificial carved cave by himself. The next time Gabriel or Magdalena knocked on his front door asking if he wanted to go on an adventure exploring for the day, his answer would be a big fat NO!
Title: Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail
Author: M. Gail Grant
Genre: YA Fantasy
The enchanted secret of Lily Brooke was safe and sound, until Magdalena and her thirteen-year-old friends accidentally unleashed the revengeful demons of the past. How were they supposed to know that a friendly expedition in the woods on a stress-free Saturday morning would lead to the most intense and scary moments of their lives? So many mysterious happenings have occurred ever since they found that crooked trail leading to the sacrificial cave, and hidden monstrosity of a treehouse. With the chanting voices and shrill noises that only Magdalena could hear, the friends decide there is something sinister living amongst them. Time is of the essence to save Lily Brooke and their childhood club, the Mystical Alliance of Lily Brooke, knows it is up to them to capture the demons hiding in their community and set the town free. Witches, wizards, and some black magic may just be what it takes for Magdalena and her best friends to save the day.
Melinda Gail resides in Canton, Georgia with her three daughters, husband of over twenty years, and two adorable fur babies. Surrounded by the north Georgia mountains, the scenery provides for inspirational settings for her novels. Being raised in the south, she brings a little southern flair and tradition to her characters, all the while remembering the adventurous nature of middle grades to young adult age children. With a passion for the extraordinary and imagination, Melinda hopes you enter a world of fantasy as you see life through the eyes of the characters.
Writing has always been her underlying passion in life. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology, she felt understanding and studying human behavior on the individual and collective level, would apply to anything and everything chosen to do in life. Identified as being a strong writer for her age at the time, she attended a summer literary writer’s camp around age twelve. She flourished and loved every moment of the experience and it has stayed with her throughout adulthood.
The desire to write has always been an integral part of who Melinda is, and about eight months ago she decided it was time. Having always been an avid reader of topics from intense young adult fantasy and thrillers, to light hearted summer romances, she chose juvenile to young adult ages for her book. In middle school summers, she would stay up to the wee hours of the morning reading because she just couldn’t put the book down. This basic idea, not being able to put a book down, is the principal she built on while writing Magdalen Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail. It has moments of ease, moments of intensity, moments of humor, striving to offer some of her own personality in her writings. There is a time for sweetness, a time for seriousness, and always a time for kindness and life lessons. Her style isn’t made up. It is simply who she is, on paper.
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