By Wilson Rawls
The very last thing a fourteen-year-old boy expects to discover alongside an previous Ozark river backside is a tree jam-packed with monkeys. Jay Berry Lee's grandpa had a proof, of course--as he did for many issues. The monkeys had escaped from a touring circus, and there has been a good-looking present in shop for someone who may well seize them. Grandpa acknowledged there wasn't any animal that could not be stuck someway, and Jay Berry began believing him . . .
But via the top of the "summer of the monkeys," Jay Berry Lee had discovered much more than he ever bargained for--and not only approximately monkeys. He realized approximately religion, and desires coming actual, and figuring out what it's you really need. He even discovered a bit approximately becoming up . . .
This novel, set in rural Oklahoma round the flip of the century, is a heart-warming relatives story--full of wealthy element and pleasant characters--about a time and position while miracles have been rather the best of things...
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Rowdy didn’t support the location in the slightest degree. He couldn’t comprehend what i used to be doing down on my knees in the course of the line, fiddling round within the airborne dirt and dust. He might get curious and are available sniffing round to determine what was once happening. All he did used to be stroll round in my figures and mess issues up till I couldn’t inform what the monkeys have been worthy. i ultimately gave up and made up our minds I’d permit Daisy determine it out for me. She used to be solid with mathematics. the line from Grandpa’s shop ran via our farm. As I got here strolling alongside, making a song my head off, Papa known as to me from the sphere the place he used to be planting corn. I climbed the rail fence and walked over to him. Papa smiled and acknowledged, “Say, it appears like you have been correct approximately these monkeys. correct once you left for the shop, I went to get Sally Gooden, and that i imagine I observed a monkey in each sycamore tree down there. I can’t know it. so far as i do know, we’ve by no means had any wild monkeys round right here. ” “They’re no longer wild monkeys, Papa,” I stated. “They received clear of a circus teach that used to be wrecked over at the railroad. Grandpa advised me all approximately it. He acknowledged that there have been approximately thirty of them. They’re worthy handsome profit, too. The circus everyone is providing a gift for them. ” “So that’s the place they got here from,” Papa stated, having a look relieved. “I’m joyful to listen to that. i used to be starting to ask yourself what used to be occurring round right here. Did you are saying they’re delivering a gift for the monkeys? ” “They convinced are,” I stated, “and it’s extra money than I ever heard of. They’re keen to pay funds apiece for all of these monkeys yet one; and they’ll pay 100 funds for that one. ” i actually bore down on it while I advised Papa approximately that hundred greenback monkey. Papa simply stood there for a moment, looking at me; then, uttering a low whistle, he grew to become and appeared towards the river bottoms. “Say-y-y, that may be a lot of money,” he stated. “I didn’t understand monkeys have been worthy that a lot cash. ” “I didn’t both, Papa,” I stated. “It beats something I ever heard of. All of that cash for a number of little outdated monkeys! ” Papa frowned and acknowledged, “There needs to be extra to this than we all know approximately. i will be able to comprehend a fellow paying cash for a monkey, yet whoever heard of somebody paying 100 funds for one. ” “Papa,” I stated, “Grandpa says these monkeys were knowledgeable for acts within the circus, and it takes many years to coach a monkey. That’s why they’re so beneficial. ” Papa used to be like me. He couldn’t get that hundred buck monkey off his brain. “I don’t care how lengthy it takes to coach a monkey,” he stated, “a hundred cash is 100 funds. Why, you should buy a great mule for that a lot funds, and if you happen to speak ultimate, they may even throw within the harness. ” “There’s a trap to this gift company, Papa,” I stated. “The monkeys must be stuck alive, and never harmed in any respect. ” “I see,” Papa acknowledged, nodding his head. “I figured there has been a seize someplace. by way of being profitable like that, there’s continuously a trap. it'd be uncomplicated to shoot these monkeys; yet taking them alive, I don’t learn about that.