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by Caroline McKinley


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   Not today
Sixteen-year old Casey Riley has witnessed Cindy Bender's strong-arm tactics from a distance. But after Casey's best friend falls victim to the bully's jealousy, Casey has had it. With the help of a pet king snake, she attempts to stop the venomous reign of ballistic Bender for good.It backfires and Casey is sentenced to community service at the local animal shelter.Why a king snake, you ask?"Well, they are immune to the poison from other snakes. They are also constrictors and strangle their prey such as a rattlesnake or a cottonmouth, then swallow them whole. Which is why you should never hurt a king snake. It's a good snake that gets rid of the dangerous ones. So when Ron told me about George, the neighborhood serpent that was sunning himself behind a lawn chair outside the shelter, I thought he'd be the perfect teacher for Queen Cindy. Okay, I didn't intend to have her strangled and eaten whole, but I did like the metaphor."Not only must she forfeit her dream role of Rizzo in the summer musical Grease, but also misses the chance of playing alongside a really cute Kenickie, "who even rarer, kind of liked me."This is not how her summer was supposed to turn out.Or, is it?Casey discovers that anger, for those on two legs and four, often comes from a place where only the strength of love can heal. Does Casey have enough strength to make a difference?

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Crimson Cloak Publishing
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Caroline McKinley (Author)

Caroline is a librarian and a lover of all creatures great and small. She and her husband live north of New York City. She started writing short stories while attending Kenyon College. Then as a working actor for many years, she wrote several scre...

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