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Reading Regatta Week 6 Update: Mistakes Were Made

[Brady]: Six weeks! I can’t believe it!

[Auntie Obvious]: Technically, it’s five weeks, but this is the 6th update. This is what you pay me the big bucks for!

[Brady]: I don’t recall paying you any bucks – or me having any

[Auntie Obvious]: It was a joke.

[Brady]: Oh, one of your cheesey ones. What are your point totals? I heard there were some discrepancies in your point total.

[Auntie Obvious]: Mistakes were made.

[Brady]: Tell me about what you did.

[Auntie Obvious]: What? Did I say that I made a mistake? No. I said MISTAKES WERE MADE. The mistakes made themselves.

[Brady]: I recall hearing that you gave yourself the amount of points that you would get for a Rowing book for TWO CRUISING BOOKS.

[Auntie Obvious]: Unfortunately, your sources are correct. My correct total from last week was actually 700 instead of 1,000. And this week, I finished Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which is 250 points, so I have a total of 950.

[Brady]: I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – third time, thank you for asking. So I have 2,100 points. And I’m excited to be starting Shadow of the Sith, by Adam Christopher.

[Auntie Obvious]: I’m starting that one, too! Suuuuuuper excited!

[Brady]: So what’s your Point Break pick for this week? Mine is Geoff the Ghost2: Finding Pumpkin!

[Auntie Obvious]: Mine is your brand new story, The Primate 1, a sci-fi novel about an all-monkey space crew. I hope everyone likes it!

[Brady]: Well, KEEP READING everyone! And make sure not to forget to SAIL ON!

The Primate 1

The Primate One – Part 1 (The Call)

It is midnight with a full moon. Two officers are talking inside the Central America Asylum for Dangerous Animals (CAADA). The first officer says, “You have no idea what you are doing letting this prisoner run free.” The second officer replies,  “He has already served five years in here, so it is time to let him go.”

The officers go down to the solitary confinement level, to cell number 4, and slides open the small window and says, “Prisoner 2258, you have been pardoned and are free to go.” Hangy says,  “Good! This place smells like rotten eggs.” The first officer says, “Now go before he changes his mind!”

Hangy walks out of the building and across the street he sees a lamp post with a sign attached. The sign reads, “SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY – Become an Astronaut – Become a hero to the world. Apply at the Costa Rica Space Center (CRSC). No experience required. Bring no weapons.” 

The next day at the Costa Rica Space Center, a small monkey stands by the entrance, next to a frog.  The monkey says, “Hi, I am Wingy, what is your name?” The frog replies, “I am Smorgas, are you here to be an astronaut too?” Wingy says, “Yeah, but I already have some experience in flying from the military, so at least I have a chance.” Smorgas  says, “You are lucky. I come from the field of science. I am a biologist and geneticist, specializing is unidentified creatures, but I do not believe in space aliens. I think that is too much.”

Wingy and Smorgas walked toward the entrance to the CRSC,  and looked at the line of applicants ahead of  them. Wingy and Smorgas went inside, and several applicants came back out and almost all of them were sobbing.

Wingy said,  “Wow, we are doomed, it must be hard.”

Just then a loudspeaker voice boomed, “Attention. Hangy, Wingy, Smorgas, and Renna, report to the testing room.” Wingy and Smorgus walked in and followed directions to the testing room. They went in and saw two other monkeys walk in. Then the door closed behind them and it was completely dark!

The loud speaker voice said, “This final test will be very dangerous and will find out if the four of you can work as a team. Now, you have to face the Destroyer.” When the light came back on, the three monkeys and the frog saw a large robot with gleaming red eyes.  Suddenly, Renna pulls out a steak knife ad throws it at the robot’s foot and it topples over.

Renna said,  “its just silverware, not a weapon.” Hangy said, “Great job, but who are you?”

“Obviously, the smartest one here! My name is Renna. Remember it!” Smorgas said,  “if you guys will pin down the robot, I can disable it and reprogram it.” Renna looked a little angry and said, “I am not a guy, thank you very much.” “Oops, sorry” said Smorgas. Then Wingy said,  “if you can re-program it, I can drive it.” And Hangy said,  “I’ll pin it down.”

Hangy leapt onto the robot and pinned it down and Smorgas quickly reprograms it to obey Wingy’s orders. As a test, Wingy said,  “Robot, run into that wall at full speed!” The robot jumps up and runs into the wall and makes a big hole. The loudspeaker voice says, “You four are the first ones to pass the teamwork test. Congratulations, you are now astronauts and will be the crew on Primate One.”

The Primate One – Part  2 (Alpha Python)

Meanwhile, it is near midnight and several people are crowded around a console at the CRSC hanger. An assistant says: “Check-ups on the Primate ships 1-5 are complete, Dr. Wining. The person in charge says, “Did you lock down the hanger?” The assistant looked guilty and replied, “Oh no, Dr. Wining, I forgot!” Just then a grenade flies into the hanger and Dr. Wining yells, “Get down!” The grenade explodes and smoke filled the room! Dr. Wining and his assistant opened their eyes and saw a coiled up snake in the middle of all the damage and fire.

Dr. Wining brushes himself off and says,  “Alpha Python, we meet again!” The snake replies, “You have failed, Wining! These ships do not belong to you anymore.” At that, Dr. Wining got up and ran toward the snake, but he hears Alpha Python say, “Pathetic!  Say hello to more of my amigos.” Dr. wingy looks over and three more snakes slithered into the hanger and got into Primates 5, 4, and 3.  The assistant sees them and runs to the door and seals it so that more snakes cannot get in.

Dr. Winging said, “Alpha Python, you are not going anywhere. I alone have the keys needed to start the Primate ships.” But Alpha Python laughs and says, “Oh, you mean these keys. I found them on the floor after you dove away from the grenade blast.” Dr. Winning can only watch as the snake slithers up the boarding ramp to Primate 2 with the keys held by his tail.

The Primates 2,3,4 and five take off. Dr. Wining and his assistant are left with only Primate 1.

Two weeks later a group gathers at the damaged hanger. Wingy says, “Dr. Wining, so that is why you need us. But what is that sound?” They all look over at Renna who is loudly chewing her gum. Renna says,  “You lost me when you were doing check-ups of the primate 1 ship. I got bored” Wingy said,  “Renna, did you hear the part about us launching today?” Renna now interested says, “What, we are launching?” Hangy jumps in, “Finally some excitement from this day!” But Smorgas looking unhappy says, “Dr. Wining said, , I am not sure I trust you.”

“Nonsense” Dr. Wining replied, “ Hey, do you guys want to see your space suits?”

The group goes over to a wall with space suits hanging on hooks. Wingy, Hangy, Renna and Smorgas all begin to try on helmets. But Smorgas struggles to put on his helmet and says, “Can you guys see any thing out of your helmet?” They all laugh and Hangy says, “Smorgas, you have it on backwards!”

The four team members put on their space suits and head for the space ship. As they walk, they hear Dr. Wining’s voice in their helmet speakers saying, “Your mission will be challenging. You will need to attack the snake mothership and come back Primate ships 2,3,4,  along with Primate 1 and sabotage Primate 5 to explode.  You can find them because there is a tracking device on all of them. Do not stop fighting until you have won. I am counting on you to bring down the snakes once and for all!”

The Primate 1 blasts off into space with the four new astronauts on board. Smorgas says,  “Did you notice that Dr. Wining did not give us any special weapons; so I made some substitutions. Since I am 100% smarter that Dr. Wining, you can trust my weapons will not be faulty like this space ship.” But Wingy disagrees and says,  “I think she is a beauty.”

Smorgas ignores him and says, “That reminds me, Wingy here is your gift. I made you some weaponized drones that you can control from a wrist gauntlet. They will all fit on your belt.”  Renna, I am giving you a knife with a holographic blade that will extend with a just a flick of your wrist and go where-ever you want it to with 100% accuracy. And Hangy, I am giving you a kinetic energy suit that will reflect back any punch or force that strikes you.”

After a while, our heroes see the snake mother ship coming into view, above their ship.

Wingy said, “Renna and Hangy use jet packs and spacewalk to fight the snakes on the Mothership. Smorgas and I will stay and guard primate 1.” Renna and Hangy exit Primate 1 and space walk to outside the mothership.

Renna says,  “The sign on this door reads, Access Denied. But not for long.” She throws her knife at the door handle and the door flies open. The room is filled with snakes! Hangy says,  “Doesn’t look like they want to play nice.”  Renna replies, “Agreed.” A snake slithers toward Hangy and bites him on the arm, but on his new kinetic suit. There were not any holes! The snake looks surprised and says,“So you are the thugs the CRSC sent to take back our ships.”

Hangy said,  “Ok snake, who is your leader?”  The snake says, “His name is……………..”  

……………..suspense………………

Meanwhile, Wingy and Smorgas are still back on Primate 1. The entry door quietly opens and a snake slithers inside. …………suspense………..

Back in the mother ship,  Hangy and Renna confront the snakes. Renna yells, “Spit it out! What is his name?” Hangy quietly asks again, “If you won’t tell me your leaders name, I will have to ask one of your friends over there and I won’t be half as nice!” The snake gives up and says, “OK, his name is Alpha Python! But you will never guess where he is.” Renna, still angry asks, “Where is he?”   But there was no answer.

However, back on Primate 1, the snake is sneaking up behind Wingy and Smorgas, and speaks, “Hello, amigos. Do you want to dance?” And they hear a loud “HHIIIIISSSSSSS.”

……………..suspense………………..

The Primate One – Part 3 (The Mothership)

Back in Primate 1, Wingy and Smorgas are confronted by a large snake. Wingy says, “Who are you?” The snake replies with a hiss, “Your doom!” Smorgas said,  “maybe not! I was just thinking the same thing.” Wingy glances at his wrist controlled drones and yells, “Drones attack!” Immediately, the drones fly into Alpha Python’s face, but he easily smashes one with his tail and then swats away the rest. The large snake says, “I am Alpha Python and, too bad, I have seen this technology before. Amigos, capture them.” Suddenly five other snakes show up and spring on Wingy and Smorgas and wrap and coil around them! They then take them back to the mothership.

Back at the snake’s mothership Renna and Hangy are still in the room where they interrogated the snakes. Renna tells Hangy, “If I can get to the main console of the mother ship, I can sabotage it with my knife so it will crash after we get off. We can then get back to Primate 1 where Wingy and Smorgas are. Then we can get out of here.”

Hangy said,  ”I like it.”

Snake 1 says, “You think you can get on our mother ship without getting my attention”

Renna throws her knife at the snake and knocks it out and says, “Sweet dreams.” Then Renna and Hangy make it to the console room but they find Wingy and Smorgas tied up to chairs and Alpha Python emerges. Alpha Python then holds up a bomb and attaches it to Wingy’s chair.

The big snake says, “Time is ticking!” Hangy says,  “You may have a bomb, but we have a plan that your two brain cells can’t handle.” Renna says, “Yep, you snakes have tiny brains.” Alpha Python grins and says, “No smaller than yours, I presume.”  While the two are mocking each other, Hangy runs to the chair and yells back, “Renna, pass me your knife.” Quickly Renna throws the knife to Hangy and he slices off the chair leg with the bomb attached. He throws it at the control panel for the mother ship. KABOOM!!

Alpha Python yells, “You idiots. Now we will all die!” The mothership spins out of control and crash lands on a deserted planet VH31. When the smoke clears, Wingy, Smorgas, Renna, and Hangy stumble out of the wreckage of the space ship.  They see Alpha Python slithering slowly around the wreckage along with a few of his snake amigos. Wingy says, “Let’s see if the Primate 1 survived the crash. It was in the mother ship’s hanger.” They find the hanger, but the engines on the Primate 1 are damaged. Hangy says, “The Primate 1 isn’t going anywhere.” As Smorgas stares at the wreckage of a CRSC space ship he says, “You guys won’t believe what I found.”

Wingy calls out to Alpha Python and says, “If we all work together maybe we can find a way off this rock.” Alpha Python realizes Wingy is right and says, “OK.” Then Renna stares at the big snake and says, “OK, but I still think snakes have tiny brains.” Changing the subject, Wingy says, “Do think there is any food in that wreckage?” Alpha Python  Good idea, let’s go see for ourselves if there is any food there.” And, they all begin to comb through the wreckage. Soon Hangy says, “I think I found some food,” Before the group can go over to see what Hangy found,

Wingy calls out, “Wait, everyone come here. I think I found the jackpot!” When Hangy gets there, he says, “What, a fully functional long range hologram projector!” Alpha Python says, “Do you want to know why we hate the CRSC so much? Just replay the last message.” Wingy starts the projector and Dr. Wining’s image appears. Dr. Wining begins to speak, “Technology is a marvel. Whoever has it, has power! That is what I want. Unfortunately, the best technology is in the hands of the snakes (no pun intended, ha, ha) and they only use it for goody two shoes reasons. Pathetic! I want it and I will get it at all costs. ………..suspense………..

FLASH-BACK to two weeks earlier

A grenade lands and Alpha Python yells, “Get Down!” As the dust settles, Alpha Python opens his eyes and sees Dr. Wining  and realizes that Wining must have thrown the grenade and the CRSC was there to attack Alpha Python and his amigos. Alpha Python slithers toward Dr. Wining who says,“Pathetic.” Then Dr. Wining knocked out Alpha Python and steals Primate 1 and he takes off for parts unknown.

The Primate One – Part 4  Back to the present time: (The Traitor)

Back at the CRSC (Costa Rica Space Center) space ship on a deserted planet Alpha python explains what really happened and the group now knows that Dr. Wining had knocked out Alpha Python and stolen Primate 1. But they did not know where he went. Hangy says, “Alpha Python, that’s horrible!” Alpha Python replies, “The past is the past and we can’t change that.” Then Wingy says, “OK, let’s take down the CRSC, once and for all.” Renna says, “I hate to remind you guys but we are still stranded here.” Meanwhile, Smorgas is looking at the hologram projector, and says, “Then we ask for help.” Alpha Python says, “I have some amigos out there who would be willing to help us.” And Wingy agrees saying, “Then let’s do it, whatever it takes.”

Meanwhile back at CRSC headquarters, an assistant to Dr. wining says, “There is a message that we have intercepted from the missing ship.” Dr. Wining says, “Play it, now!”

Wingy’s Image appears on a hologram screen and Dr. Wining hears him say, “Friends of Alpha Python. We are stranded on the deserted planet VH38 and we need your help, so that we can take down the vain and corrupt CRSC once and for all.” Dr. Wining screams, “FIND THEM, NOW!”

Back on the small planet VH38,  Alpha Python’s friends arrive to help. They bring tools to fix Primate 1 space ship.

One of Alpha Python’s amigos says, “Glad we are of assistance” Alpha Python says, “Thank you all. The CRSC won’t last much longer. Oh, Wingy, I want to show you something.” Alpha Python takes Wingy to a nearby cave. When there, Alpha Python says, “Us snakes stashed something away for safe keeping. We have the Primates 2,3,4 and 5 here and they are in working condition. We can use them for a fleet with a new mothership. We can rebuild Primate 1 into a mothership. with parts from our mothership.”

Suddenly, the cave rumbles! A grenade drops. There is one word painted on it….CRSC! Wingy notices that the grenade has a slow fuse. Wingy says to Alpha Python, “You fly Primate 2 out of here and I’ll fly Primate three. We can attach Primates 4 and take it with us before it blows. We will leave Primate 5 to blow-up.”

They quickly fly the four Primate ships out of the cave. Then…….KABOOM!

In the Meantime, the amigos have been converting Primate 1 into a mother ship, using parts of the original. The Mother ship will also be named Primate 1.

Suddenly a CRSC ship appears. The cabin door opens and Dr. Wining walks out and says, “I want Hangy!” Hangy says, “Come and get me.” Dr. Wining says, “I knew you would be part of this rebellion! It is hard to believe that you would betray us again after only five years in solitary confinement.” Hangy said,  “That didn’t crush my spirit, you can’t either.” Dr. Wining replies,  “And why is that?” Then Hangy points to the sky and says, “Because we have….THEM!” Just then Primates 2,3,4, and 5 fly out of the cave!

Dr. Wining yells, “Impossible!” Just then,Alpha Python slithers out of Primate 2 and says, “Anything is possible, Wining.” Shocked, Dr. Wining says,  “You!” Alpha Python says, “Did you miss me?” Then Renna laughs, “ I guess the CRSC has tiny brains.” As Dr. Wining puts his hands up, a bomb shoots out of the CRSC ship. Dr. Wining laughs and says, “The population crusher, Snake Tech. I believe it is your design, Alpha Python.” Hangy says, Now I don’t know who to trust anymore.” Dr. Wining counts down, “Three-Two-one.” Then…..  KABOOM, the bomb explodes somewhere in the distance and rubble goes flying up into the sky.

Dr. Wining says, “That’s my que!” and takes off in the CRSC space ship.

Turning to the group, Alpha Python asks, “How is our mother ship coming along. We don’t have much time.” They see rubble flying toward them and Wingy yells, “RUN! Get in one of the Primate ships while there is still time.” Renna yells, “Yeah, but not much. So get moving slowpokes.” Just then, a piece of rubble shoots down and destroys Primate 5.

Wingy says,  “Oh no. Amigo, how much longer is that mother ship going to take?” The amigo replies, “Not much longer.” Another piece of rubble destroys Primate 4.

Amigo says, “I am almost……………..” Before he can finish, the primate 3 gets destroyed! Almost……….” He starts but then, Primate 2 gets destroyed. “DONE, let’s get out of here.” Everyone jumps into Primate 1, the mothership, which is the only one left, and it takes off.

As they depart, Hangy says,  “I have to tell you all something. I knew about the CRSC, being the way it is. I was always on the snake’s side and I thought I could steal Primate and give it back to them. But then I realized that you guys were good and that you needed to know that the CRSC was bad. So, I stole a hologram projector from Dr. Wining and left it in the ruins of the CRSC ship for you to find.” Wingy said,  “What? You knew all along?“ Hangy said, “ I betrayed the CRSC before. I guess it is time to do it again.”

The Primate One – Part  5  (The spy)

Meanwhile, on Primate 1, the new mothership, the team is planning their next move. Dr. Wining has destroyed the other primate space ships and the team is going after him to try to bring down the CRSC.  Smorgas says,  “Lets hit the CRSC where it really hurts. Its head base.” Alpha Python asks, “On what planet?” …………………..suspense……….

“Earth!” says Wingy. “We are coming up on Costa Rica.” Renna says, “Its good to be back.” As the approach CRSC headquarters, Alpha Python says, “I want to blow the doors straight off the building.” Hangy said,  “Be my guest.” KABOOM! The team gets out of the Primate 1 mothership and heads for the open doorway. When they step inside they see………….A robot with gleaming eyes! Wingy says, “Impossible. I destroyed that thing.” Smorgas says, “You might still have control of it.” Looking at the robot, Wingy says,  “Robot, Power down.” But it keeps coming and kicks Wingy back out of the doorway. Smorgas says,  “I guess we will have to use the brute force tactic.” Renna says,  “Allow me.” She throws her knife at the robot but it catches the knife and throws it back at her. Wingy walks back through the doorway and says, “Is it just me or is it smarter than it was last time?”

They hear Dr. Wining say, “Definitely!” Hangy says, “It’s you!” Dr, Wining grins and says, “It is stronger, and faster, and, as I just said, more intelligent. And, there is no reprogram button. So, you are stuck.” Wingy looks arouns and asks, “I know, but where is Renna?”

Renna has found the CRSC arsenal and says, “ Wow, this place is huge.” She walks over to a shelf with a sign: GRENADES. Renna grabs a leather bag from the shelf and stuffs grenades inside the bag. Then she puts on a CRSC uniform, and walks out undetected. As she is walking away, a scientist sees Renna in a uniform with the name tag WENDY. He asks, “Hey Wendy, did you hear that they are putting on a full scale search for the crew of Primate 1?  The rumor is that they teamed up with Alpha Python.” Renna just smiles and keeps walking.

Meanwhile, Wingy and Dr. Wining are facing off. Dr. Wining says, “This is the end, Wingy.” And the robot runs forward Wingy, but suddenly stops. They all hear a beeping.  Then, KABOOM! And, the robot is blown to smithereens and the explosion knocks down the team and Dr. Wining.  Renna walks toward them and says, “The CRSC is weak and you are weak too, Wingy. I was always meant to be the one in control. My brother stole all of the thunder. But no more. My brother was always the favorite child, but no one cared about me. You have all been lied to. I have fooled you all. My name isn’t Renna.” She pulls off her blond wig to reveal greasy black hair and says, “It is time I introduced myself properly. The name is Nartha! Nice to meet you.”

Wingy and Dr. Wining yell at the same time: “WWWHHHAAATTT!!!”

Then, Nartha begins to throw more grenades into each part of the CSRS headquarters and they can all hear her maniacal laughter.  Dr. Wining and the rest of the CRSC staff flee to their own mothership and our heroes run to the Primate 1.  Wingy hears Nartha yell, “Wingy, wherever you go, I will always find you. Afterall, I am the first universal booksailor.”

The Primate 1 lifts off and picks up speed.

Meantime, on the CRSC mothership, Dr. Wining is angry because Primate 1 brought Nartha to CSRC headquarters. He plots a course to intercept and destroy Primate 1 and its crew. Dr. Wining says “We lost our base to those maniacs and now our entire staff is cramped up in the mothership. They may be our biggest enemy yet. We must destroy them so that CRSC can flourish again.”

Over on Primate 1, Smorgas says,  “Where do we go now?” Wingy replies, “Wherever we go, the CRSC will find us.” Hangy said,  “I am still thinking about what Nartha said, that she will be able to find us wherever we go. Maybe she is the one we should be afraid of?” Smorgas says,  “I may understand now. It is a rough theory, but the most likely one we have. Nartha mentioned the booksailors. Right? I know who they are, or they were. Myth says that each booksailor has received a magic purple library card that can be used to bend reality, to time travel, and visit their favorite books. Unfortunately, an Artificial Intelligence called Caution Prime wiped out the booksailors and stole their magic purple library cards. But a couple of weeks ago, a scientist by the name of Piggy, founder and CEO of Pigtech and an honorary member of the breakfast league, invented what he called the Unisailor Card. This new card allows you to travel through time and space and theoretically into different dimensions. It is reported that one of the two Unisailor cards was stolen and maybe Nartha took it.”

Just then, on Primate 1, a hologram begins to play.

Dr. Wining image appears and says, “My ship is currently in front of yours. This message is just in case you have any last words. I would like to hear them.” Alpha Python says, “I recommend you should say yours!” Dr. Wining’s hologram says, “Do you think you have a chance of defeating me. I smashed your entire snake tech empire like a piece of glass.” Alpha Python replies, “That is why you will lose. Your tactics are too brutal and brutality never wins a fight in the end. It is won by brave men and women who know what is right; unlike you Wining!” Dr. Wining’s hologram says, “I may not know what is right, but I do know what is wrong; the fact that you are still alive. Goodbye!” The hologram ends.

Back on the CRSC mothership, Dr. Wining orders, “I want every missile we have fired at the Primate 1.” The mothership fires at Primate 1, but, unknown to Dr, Wining,  Wingy has made Primate 1 bulletproof. The missiles bounce off Primate 1 and head back towards the mothership.

Suddenly Dr. Wining appears again on the hologram and is yelling, “What are you doing?” Wingy smiles and says, ‘We are the crew of Primate 1, Goodbye Dr. Wining!” And those were the last words that Dr. Wining and the CRSC staff ever heard as their own missiles hit their mothership.

Back on Primate 1, Wingy says,  “We did it!  But where is Nartha?” Hangy said,  “Let’s not think about her for now. We accomplished our goal and defeated the CRSC.” Alpha Python says, “What do we do now?” Smorgas replies, “Lay low, I guess. Costa Rica is a beautiful place so we could go there, now that CRSC is gone.” Hangy spoke up, “I know some nice people who live in Costa Rica. “ Wingy added,  “I don’t need to make new friends, I have you guys.” And Alpha Python said, “I think I will like like Costa Rica.” Wingy said,  “So, Costa Rica it is, then.”

Two months later, the four friends, Wingy, Smorgas, Hangy, and Alpha Python are all living together on Primate 1. They hear a knock on the door.

Wingy said,  “Come in.” A hooded monkey walks in and says, “I heard what you did with the CRSC. The world needs people like you. I suppose you have heard about Dr. Piggy’s Unisailor invention? “ Smorgas replies, “Yes we have.” The monkey continues, “Dr. Piggy entrusted me with the other Unisailor card and I want to use it to build a team of heroes around the Universe.” The Monkey takes off his hood and says, “My name is Alex.  I go by Power Monkey!”

Wingy says, I am Wingy and these are my friends. If the Universe, or other dimensions, need help, they can have it. Who are we? The Unisailors!”

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Geoff the Ghost 2 is Out!!!!

Geoff the Ghost 2: Finding Pumpkin made its way to YouTube on July 2nd!!! It is gaining popularity quickly, and I, Brady the Book Sailor, want to say thank you to the fans for helping Geoff the Ghost 2 happen!

Geoff the Ghost 2 tells the story of an evil ghost named Old Man Goazer taking over GhostCorp. But after Goazer tells the company that the previous CEO, Jack “Pumkin” O’Lantern, had died – Geoff does not believe it and journeys to Uranus to rescue the CEO, with help from many new friends! This took a lot of work, and I hope you all like it!

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Book Sailor Animations

Geoff the Ghost 2: Update

[Brady]: Geoff the Ghost 2 has finished being animated! Now we will tell you some things to expect with this blockbuster project!

[Auntie Obvious]: I expect that the person who is prepping all of the drawings for final compilation needs a raise.

[Brady]: Great idea! But unaffordable.

[Auntie Obvs.]: Oh, look who suddenly remembered that we don’t have a budget. Mr. “Hey, let’s turn Brady the Book Sailor into an App!!!” ::bangs head on desk::

[Brady]: Well, anyway, Geoff the Ghost 2 has it all! Zombies! Obscure movie references! A 5-star soundtrack! And stunning animation! Check back here soon for the premiere!!!

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Reading Regatta

Reading Regatta Update Week 5: Sabotage!

[Brady]: Wow, Book Sailors, we’re back with more Point Break Selections and the latest tally for the Reading Regatta. How many points do you have, Auntie Obvs.?

[Auntie Obvious]: I regret to inform our fellow Book Sailors that you and the MommyLorian sabotaged my reading efforts this week, so I have zero new points!

[Brady]: Whaaaaaaaaaa?

[Obvs.]: You guys gave me that 3D Baby Yoda puzzle, which was super adorbs, but also really, really, hard. So I did not finish any books this week! I’m still at 1,000 points.

[Brady]: That’s totally your own fault that it took you forever to finish the puzzle. I finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the airport on the way home from vacation, and I’m halfway through Prisoner of Azkaban, putting me at a total of 2,100. Unfortunately, I didn’t read my own Point Break Selections last week, so no extra points for that!

[Obvs.] I’m partway through reading Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which tells the story of how Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus met! And then I’m super excited to read Shadow of the Sith by Adam Christopher, which just came out!

[Brady]: That one’s gonna be so awesome! Let’s tell everyone what the Point Break selections are for this week! Mine is Tom and Harry 4: Little Red Riding Hood.

[Obvs.]: Mine is the written version of the new Power Monkey, which I just posted today. If you listened to the Power Monkey audio book last week, then you get free choice for a Point Break selection!

[Brady]: Thank you all for checking out this week’s update! Keep reading, Sail on!

Baby Yoda 3D 500 piece puzzle: super adorable? Or sabotage? Maybe it’s both!
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Power Monkey

Hey, Book Sailors! Auntie Obvious here. When Brady started writing the original Power Monkey stories, he was just a little tyke who rode around in a car seat singing along to his favorite song: Mah Na Mah Na from Sesame Street. (OK, it’s still a pretty cool song). Now that he’s older, wiser, and allowed to ride car-seat free with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” blaring, he’s decided to revamp the entire Power Monkey series, starting with this first installment. You’ll meet some of your favorite sidekicks and villains – and a new hero, Alex, who has some weaknesses (he’s afraid of heights) and who is a good person – who doesn’t always make good decisions. We hope you like it!

Prologue:

We live in a reality where millions of years ago a meteorite wiped out the dinosaurs and many other forms of life. Let me tell you a story where the meteor does not hit that long ago, but hits in the present day and humans are wiped out. Monkeys are the second smartest animals on the planet and when humans were gone, over time monkeys began to show their potential. After thousands of years, they learned to speak human languages and to read and write; and in time, they developed opposable thumbs. They became superior creatures to the humans. So, let’s take a look at the future monkey civilization, and a hero, Power Monkey. 

Alex and his sister Nartha are playing by a waterfall and Nartha dares Alex to get close and swing out over the falls on a vine and then jump the last few feet to the other side. She has already made the leap. But Alex does not make it and falls! Fortunately, he grabs a tree limb, but he can’t get back up by himself. Nartha at first laughs at Alex, but then she reaches down and helps him up. But from then on, Alex is afraid of heights. 

Two years later, Alex is getting bullied a lot on the street. They sometimes beat him up and even steal his money. One day, Alex sees someone else getting beat up, but instead of helping, he just walks past. He instantly regrets it and takes out his old Super-Monkey Halloween costume and decides to fight the bullies and other crimes. But the first thing he needs to do is to work out to get stronger and faster, so Alex works out every day. Nartha is noticing that Alex is getting stronger and more confident. Alex and his siblings, live with their uncle Nanas in their tree house and all of them are noticing the change in Alex. After about two months of training, one day Alex sees two bullies picking on someone and decides to step in. One of the bullies says, “Who do you think you are, Super Monkey?” Alex says, “Nope, you can just call me Power Monkey!” He then punches the first bully so hard, they both run away. He picks up the victim’s wallet and hands it back to him. Alex sees that someone is watching him. 

Dr. Piggy, the CEO of PigTech, was watching and was impressed with Alex’s courage. Dr. Piggy, offers him a job.  Piggy explains that a large number of monkeys have been going missing, and many of the citizens are frightened, so the public needs a hero. Piggy said they would talk some more at the PigTech Expo in two weeks. Piggy hands Alex five VIP badges so his entire family could come. As he was leaving, Dr. piggy said, “Hey kid, lose the suit.” Alex says, But, but,…” Piggy says, “Lose the Halloween costume. You don’t need it.”

Alex and his siblings, Nartha, Crystal, and George, go to the expo with their uncle Nanas and Piggy announces the new Unisailor card which can teleport people anywhere. He says that there are only two copies of the card and that the age of the booksailors is upon us again with these new cards. After the announcement, Nartha says, “Excuse me, I have to use the restroom.” And she disappears. Nanas yells, “Nartha, the restrooms aren’t that way.” Crystal says, “She can’t hear you.” A few minutes later, a smoke bomb drops and a voice recording plays and says: “Thank you Dr. Piggy. Now that I have a Unisailor card, The age of the booksailors is over and mine has just begun. Everyone who stands in my way will feel the wrath of me, The Predator.” As the smoke clears, Nartha returns and says, “What did I miss.”

 After the one Unisailor card was stolen, Dr. Piggy, decides to give Alex the remaining Unisailor card and a new utility belt and bananarang. He asks, “Alex, would you come up to my office on the tenth floor and I will explain how the card, and the utility belt work and show you how to throw a bananarang.” Alex flinches, and says, “Can’t we just do this on the ground floor?” Piggy looks at him oddly, but agrees. Piggy then tells Alex, “Evidently, the Predator has put a spy in PigTech and I would like you to find out who the spy is and where the Predator’s lair is, and return the missing Unisailor card. There is a tracking device in both Unisailor cards, but the missing one has been inactive since it disappeared. If it is started again, you should be able to find it.” 

Alex decides to search PigTech files and finds a list of all employees hired who still work there. He learns that only one employee helped Piggy set up the expo and transported the two Unisailor cards. His name was Shelton Doom, and he was known to be a bit skittish around Dr. Piggy.  Alex locates Shelton Doom’s computer and finds that he had been sending emails outside the company and also mailed a small package to “Secret Keeper” which must be a code name. Alex now knows Shelton Doom is the spy, but not the identity of Secret Keeper. 

Alex notices there is an address for Shelton in New York and decides to check that out. He gets a plane ticket to New York and when he arrives, he gives the address to the cab-driver. “I know this place, said the Cab-driver, it is very famous. After a while in the cab, Alex steps out at the Empire State Building. I thought it would be smaller, said Alex. The address was for a room on the top floor just below the observation deck. Alex knocks on the room door but no one answers. He notices a note that reads; “if you need to see Shelton, I am up on the observation deck. Alex goes to the observation deck but doesn’t see anyone. He wonders out loud, “I wonder where he is?” A voice says, “Behind you, dirty Monkey scum.”   ………suspense…………

Alex turns around and sees Shelton Doom and they begin to fight.  Alex shoved a chair into Shelton but Shelton picks up the chair and throws it at Alex, who says, “Is that all you got?” In the meantime, Shelton runs toward Alex, but Alex avoids him and asks, “Who is the Predator?” Shelton says, “You will never find out. The Predator never reveals anything to his prey.” Alex says, “What makes the Predator think I am his Prey?” When he gets close enough, Shelton suddenly kicks Alex, but Alex gets right back up and says, “Tell me who the Predator is right now.” Shelton says, “Maybe you should ask him yourself!” Alex throws his bananarang at Shelton but misses, and thinks, “I should have practiced that more.” But Shelton picks it up and throws it back at Alex and does not miss. Alex can’t duck in time and he is knocked unconscious. At that time two guards of the Empire state Building show up and while one tries to help Alex, the other tells Shelton to raise his hands and to tell them the name and location of any of his accomplices. Shelton says, “I have one accomplice and his name is the Predator and his current location is right behind you.” The policeman barely has time to see the masked intruder before he is knocked unconscious by a punch. The other officer stands up to help, but is hit with a grappling hook from the Predator, who reels him in and ties him up. The Predator says to Shelton, “Pick up the monkey and bring him to the lair, I may have some use for him!”

When Alex wakes up, he cannot see and realizes that he has a sack over his head.   The Predator comes into the room along with Shelton. The Predator tells Shelton to remove the hood. Now Alex can see that he is in a cell. The masked figure says, “Power Monkey, I am the Predator, or you may also know me as the Secret Keeper, and you are my prisoner.” Then the Predator and Shelton leave the cell and the room. Now Shelton is strong, but not very smart. He has left Alex’s utility belt on him and Alex is able to use a small knife to cut the rope around his hands, and then picks the lock with a paper clip and leaves the cell. Alex sees all of the other missing citizens in cells and is about to pick those locks too when the Predator comes back in and says “Alex, you will not spoil my plan”.  “Did the Predator just call me Alex?”, thought Alex.  

Then he realizes that the Predator is really Nartha. He is shocked, and lets that sink in, and Shelton takes advantage and overpowers Alex and ties him up again, but this time removes his utility belt and gives it to Nartha along with his bananarang. The Predator then had Shelton herd all of the other prisoners into a large plane. After Shelton secures the prisoners on the plane, the Predator tells him to tie Alex to a pole hanging over the edge of a cliff. The Predator removes her mask and reveals that she is Nartha to both Alex and Shelton. Nartha says, “one move Alex, and Shelton will cut the rope and you will fall. You are not still afraid of heights, are you? Eh, Eh, Eh.” Alex says, “It’s good to see you too, Nartha, loving sister!”

Nartha goes to the plane and begins to take-off with the prisoners and the Unisailor card. 

Alex sees the plane taking-off and gets very angry, just when Shelton cuts the rope. Fortunately, our hero grabs a vine. Not a good place for a guy who is afraid of heights. But Alex doesn’t look down, but begins swinging on the vine. He finds he enjoys it. He swings in bigger and bigger arcs until he is over the top of the cliff and times his swing so that he flies about fifty feet in the air and let’s go of the vine……………………suspense…………………….

He flies toward the open cargo door of the plane just as it passes by. He makes it!

He works his way to the cockpit and says to Nartha, “I am sorry I don’t have a ticket, but could I get some peanuts. Nartha is startled and says, “Only paying customers get peanuts.” Alex grabs Nartha and pulls her back out of the pilot’s seat and they begin to fight. Alex pushed Nartha back into the passenger area.  Alex jumps in the pilot’s seat but then remembers, “I can’t fly a plane!” Nartha shouts, “It’s a good thing it is on auto-pilot.” Nartha grabs Alex by the shirt collar and pulls him out of pilot’s seat. Nartha realizes that Alex is hesitant to really fight her, so she takes advantage. She pulls a taser gun out of the utility belt and zaps Alex. While Alex subdued, Nartha checks the auto pilot and then begins to pull Alex toward the open cargo door.  

She pulls near the cargo door and tries to throw him out. Alex comes to and realized that Nartha intends to throw him out of the plane. He is able to muster enough strength to grab a seat and hold on tight. But now Alex is ready to fight!  Alex stands up and sees some bottles on the beverage cart and throws them at her, which startles Nartha and gives Alex the time to punch Nartha. Nartha yells, “Alex, that tickled, don’t you know you are not supposed to hit a girl?” Alex says, “It’s OK when the girl punches you first and tries to throw you out of the airplane.“ But before Alex can hit her again, Nartha shoots him with the Taser gun again and Alex falls to the floor. Nartha stands over Alex and says, “You almost ruined my plan, but now you will be my favorite part of it. I am going to have this plane fly into the capital of Costa Rica and crash there. But of course, I will have parachuted out to a waiting car. With the Unisailor card, I will be unstoppable.”

With that, Nartha puts on her parachute and jumps out of the plane. 

Alex notices that there are enough parachutes for him and all of the prisoners. He told them to get ready to jump but he wants to try to change the auto-pilot so the plane just crashes into the ocean, not in San Jose. Alex checks the auto-pilot and realizes he can change the course and he turns the plane away from Costa Rica. Alex throws out several life-rafts and he and the passengers jump from the plane. As they are floating down, they see the plane crash into the ocean. 

When they are all safely in the life-boats, Alex calls Dr. Piggy and gives him their location. Soon a power boat arrives on the scene and takes them all to Costa Rica.

Where is Nartha? What is her plan?

Epilogue:

A pig walks into a comic book store. He looks at a comic book titled, “Power Monkey – Rise of the banana. Based on a true story.” The clerk says, “Mr. Pigman, would you be interested in that comic book?” Pigman says, “Please call me Oobie.”

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Reading Regatta Update Week 4: Brady’s Back, Baby!

Hey there Book Sailors! Brady was out for a few days, but he has returned!!

[Auntie Obvious]: Welcome back. I posted the Point Break selections while you were out. You’re welcome.

[Brady]: Dude, you totally picked your own stories. With great power comes great responsibility.

[Auntie Obvious]: UNLIMITED POWER!!!!!! MUAHAHA! Ahem. I mean, why don’t you go ahead and pick both Point Break selections for this week?

[Brady]: Great idea! This week’s Point Break Selections are (1) your choice of a PodSailing Podcast and (2) my brand new Power Monkey audio book (or you can read the story version of Power Monkey as soon as Auntie Obvious stops messing around and gets it posted on the website).

[Auntie Obvious]: You know this stuff would get posted faster if you would hire an assistant for me. So, anyway, what are your point totals so far? I have 1,000 points. I got 250 each for Alex Segura’s Poe Dameron: Free Fall, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kevin Shinick’s Force Collector, and E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – one of my FAVORITE books when I was a kid.

[Brady]: I have 1,600 Points. Three weeks of the Point Break at 200 each, plus 500 for Rick Riordan’s The Burning Maze and 500 for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.

[Auntie Obvious]: Dude, you read the British version?

[Brady]: Yep. British punctuation is weird. No offense to our fans in Britain!

[Auntie Obvious]: Cheerio, Book Sailors!

[Brady]: Dude…

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Reading Regatta Week 3: We LOVE Comic Books!

Hey, Book Sailors! Auntie Obvious here. Brady was under the weather this week, so we aren’t going to recap our point totals, but we do have some exciting news! When we raised the minimum page count for the “cruising” category to 100, we totally weren’t thinking about how that would leave out comic books! NOOOOOOOOOO! (Said in a Luke Skywalker voice.)

So here are the new point totals, including new categories for comic books! As always, let us know in the comments what YOU are reading!

TierPagesKidsAdults
Cruising100-20010050
Rowing201-599500250
White Water Rafting600+1,000500
Splash Page:
Small Splash
Any Single Comic3015
Splash Page:
Tsunami
Any “Collected” Edition6030

In Brady’s absence, I will be choosing both of this week’s Point Break selections! UNLIMITED POWER!!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Ahem. So anyway, this week’s selections are “Missing the Mark: An Auntie Obvious Adventure” and YOUR CHOICE of any of the “Legends of Brady the Book Sailor” stories! Remember, this is for KIDS ONLY, and gives you and extra 200 Points if you read both selections!

Keep Reading…Sail On!!!

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Reading Regatta Update and Week #2 Point Break Selections!

[Brady]: Ha, ha! You said #2.

[Auntie Obvious]: Dude. I need you to focus here.

[Brady]: (Still laughing). I sure hope everyone is having fun so far with the Reading Regatta 2022! How about we share our scores?

[Auntie]: Great! I’ll also put the scoring at the bottom of this post, so everyone can calculate their own scores! Anyway, I have 5,000 points.

[Brady]: Truthfully?

[Auntie Obvious]: Oopsies! How did that extra “0” get in there? Truthfully, I have 500 Grownup points for reading Alex Segura’s Poe Dameron Free Fall and Kevin Shinick’s Force Collector!

[Brady]: I have 1,200 points! I have 500 Kid points each for Poe Dameron Free Fall and Rick Riordan’s The Burning Maze, plus the 200 points for last week’s Point Break.

[Auntie]: Hey, speaking of the Point Break, let’s talk about our two selections for the week! Mine is “The Kind Little Truck Meets the Big RV” because I think people planning their summer vacations will really enjoy it!

[Brady]: I was working on my decision, when I got a postcard from GrapeB the Friendly Pirate! So I am going to go with his suggestion of Aqua Dolphin, because it is actually a really good suggestion!

[Auntie]: Keep Reading, Sail On!

[Brady]: Hey, that’s my line! Remember to count up your points and tell us in the comments what YOU are reading!

TierPagesKidsAdults
Cruising100-20010050
Rowing201-599500250
White Water Rafting600+1,000500
Point Break (kids only): Give yourself an extra 200 points if you read (or listen to) the two selections for the week!

New categories added on 6/15/22 (Week 3) to include comic books!

Splash Page:
Small Splash
Any Single Comic3015
Splash Page:
Tsunami
Any “Collected” Edition6030
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Reading Regatta 2022 Kickoff!

Hey, Book Sailors! Today is the official kickoff for the 2022 Reading Regatta! You can find the scoring options below, or for a full refresher on the rules, check out this post: Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta 2022!

TierPagesKidsAdults
Cruising100-20010050
Rowing201-599500250
White Water Rafting600+1,000500

Updated 6/15/22 to include Comic Books!

Splash Page:
Small Splash
Any Single Comic3015
Splash Page:
Tsunami
Any “Collected” Edition6030

Brady is starting off with Rick Riordan’s The Burning Maze, and Auntie Obvious is starting off with Poe Dameron Free Fall by Alex Segura (which Brady will be reading after he finishes The Burning Maze) and then Force Collector by Kevin Shinick.

Whatever you are reading TODAY counts as your first book! Plus, remember that KIDS ONLY get an extra 200 points if you read both of our Point Break Brady the Book Sailor story selections!

For week 1, Brady’s selection is Robot Snowman 5: The Last Snowman and Auntie Obvious has picked Power Monkey in Quarantine!

We hope you enjoy this fun summer contest! Leave us a comment to let us know what you are reading!

— Brady the Book Sailor and Auntie Obvious.