Authors: Claire Craig
CLAIRE CRAIG wanted to be an archaeologist when she grew up â digging up really old treasures in Egypt.
Instead, she sold chocolate chip cookies, travelled around Europe, and then became a book editor.
She did write poetry when she was little. Some of it is included in this book.
in a pickle
illustrated by MELANIE FEDDERSEN
First published 2008 in Pan by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited
1 Market Street, Sydney
Text copyright Â© Claire Craig 2008
Illustrations copyright Â© Melanie Feddersen 2008
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Harriet Bright in a pickle.
For primary school age.
ISBN 978 0 330 42349 6 (pbk.).
I. Feddersen, Melanie. II. Title.
Thanks to Sue Butler from
The Macquarie Dictionary
for permission to use the definitions of âsecret' that appear on page 98.
Typeset by Melanie Feddersen, i2i Design
Printed in Australia by McPherson's Printing Group
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This book is really to lots of people:
To my mum, and in memory of my dad, for a very happy childhood.
To Maddy and Frannie: little pieces of you are in this book too.
To Dick, Tim and Marianne.
To Ange, Kath and Pete who lodged particular phrases in my head that have since been dislodged in
Harriet Bright and the very big fright
. And to Joey â for delegation, and so much else.
To all my friends.
To everyone at Pan Macmillan, with special thanks to Cate and Anna (my very wonderful publisher) who have been unstintingly enthusiastic about Harriet Bright; and to Bri and Ali for all their editorial input.
And, at last, to Mel â Harriet Bright's frontline supporter and a creative champion who has made this book all and more than I ever imagined it could be. You are an inspiring and unique
Really and truly.
no! Not now. She was so close to home.
Harriet Bright felt her stomach slippery dip. Then it hit the side of her ribs.
She thought it was going to bounce right up out of her throat.
She looked around quickly. The street was very quiet. It was the in-between time after school had ended and before people came home from work.
There was no one around.
Only a fat black cat.
Harriet Bright wished that it was a fierce jungle tiger. Snarling through the bush with its jaws wide open, its sharp teeth ready to attack, its roar echoing through the trees.
The black cat opened a lazy eye. Its silky fur glistened in a spotlight of sun. It closed its eye and curled up tight.
Harriet Bright kept walking.
OK. Pretend she hadn't heard. Only 783 steps to go and she'd be safe.
She could hear Paul Picklebottom. He was scuffing his shoes along the pavement.
He was far enough away at the moment.
But he was getting closer.
Harriet Bright's brain was alert. She was t h i n k i n g.
What should she do?
Outsmart the enemy. Take a shortcut across Wiley's Creek, sneak through Mrs Pilchard's backyard and climb over the fence to home.
Could end up in the creek.
Run fast. Screaming for
Loss of dignity.
Think of Plan D.