What started as an errand for their mom has turned nasty for Shane Jackson, 13, and his sister Portia, 11. The package they delivered to old Mr. Blair freaked him out. Then Mr. Blair mysteriously disappeared and the kids fell through the floor into the cellar. There they found Mr. Blair, Shane's name scrawled on the wall . . . and their mom!
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"What's mom doing here?" wondered Portia. Her eyes traveled from her mom to the box, and it was just then that she realized there was another note in the box.
"Mr. B!" Portia exclaimed. "There's a second note in the box!"
"Take apart the clock," the note read.
-- Gabriella Studt, 9, Columbia
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