BC: Great Halloween reads.
FC: The Black Cat | By:Shannon Burkholder
1: Dedicated to: My Friends
2: Apple and her father went through their mother and wife passing away a while ago on one Halloween night. Her father has recovered and moved on, but Apple has let it ruin her. So, Apple is a very lonely and sad.
3: Apple and her father live alone in a small house far away from the commotion in New York City.
4: A young black cat lives in an alley with no family and friends and is very lonely at times, but is always very optimistic.
5: Apple ignores anyone who tries to help. Amy asks if she will sit with her at her lunch table, but Apple moves on to sit alone.
6: Isabel tries to make conversation with her, but she says she has nothing to talk about.
7: Olivia stops at her house to hang out every day, but Apple never answers the door.
8: Her father asks her everyday, "What do you want to be for Halloween?" She continues to say, "I don't want to be anything, I"ll pass out candy.
9: So one day, when Apple was walking on the way home from school, even the black cat, Pumpkin, could tell she wasn't happy. He decided he needs to see the neighborhood ghost.
10: He goes to visit the ghost in the haunted hotel, where he always is because they have the most comfortable beds around.
11: When the cat arrived the ghost was lounging in a bed with an ice cream.
12: The ghost and the cat decided on the night before Halloween, the black cat's and the young girl's mind will be switched.
13: On that night, they followed through with their plan, so in the morning Apple will have the black cat's mind and the cat will have Apple's mind.
14: So the next day when Amy asks if Apple wants to sit with them, Apple says, "yes."
15: When Isabel says, "hello", Apple responds. | Hi!
16: Olivia stops over to hang out, and Apple answers the door.
17: When her dad asks her, "What do you want to be for Halloween?", she responds, "I want to be a black cat!"
18: Before Halloween night, the ghost helps the cat and Apple switch back, because the cat finds himself not wanting to talk to anyone anymore, which is the worst feeling for Pumpkin. Now Apple is on her own, left only with happy memories.
19: Apple remembers the feelings of happiness she had that day, and decides to embrace it and continue to feel those feelings.
20: So on Halloween night, her dad gives her the black cat halloween costume and she doesn't complain.
21: She invited all her friends to her Halloween party.
22: The whole night, the cat observed, and he was very pleased with himself.
23: He watched while Apple and her friends danced.
24: He watched while they ate candy corn.
25: He watched them while they ran up to every house on the block.
26: He watched while she laughed and hung out, he was there for everything, thinking to himself how great he is for changing her life.
27: He even stayed after the party, where Apple saw him sitting on the porch.
28: Where she brought him in and fed him.
29: When she asked her dad if she could keep him, he happily replied, "yes!" | Absolutely!
30: In the end, the young girl is happy and friendly, and the cat is no longer lonely.
31: Everyone is happy!