An Excerpt from The War with Grandpa
Excerpted from The War with Grandpa by Robert K. Smith Copyright © 1984 by Robert K. Smith. Excerpted by permission of Yearling, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
This is the true and real story of what happened when Grandpa came to live
with us and took my room and how I went to war with him and him with me
and what happened after that.
I am typing it out on paper without lines on my dad's typewriter because
Mrs. Klein, she's my 5th grade English teacher, said that we should write
a story about something important that happened to us and to tell it "true
and real" and put in words that peoples said if we can remember and to put
quote marks around them and everything....
My little sister, Jennifer, just came in and asked me what I'm doing and
I told her....
"I think you should begin with me," Jenny said, "because I found out Grandpa
was coming to live here before you even knew about it."
"Good idea," I said.
"And put in the story that I am very beautiful with long blond hair and
lovely blue eyes."
"I just did."
"Now you'll have a good story," she said.