My Brother Blubb: My Brother Blubb

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9780671798987: My Brother Blubb: My Brother Blubb

What's gloppy, purple, and comes in a jar?

Daphne Trusk isn't quite sure -- but she calls it Blubb. Blubb is no ordinary purple blob, though. He's really Mr. Hero, Champion of Truth and justice. He can turn into anything he wants -- a cat, a duck, even a regular boy. Blubb was invented by genius Sidney Agenda, a student at a special school for aspiring heroes. Sidney has just been captured by evil Lowell Gravenstien and his band of kid ninjas. Now it's up to Daphne and Blubb to rescue Sidney.

But first they have to find him....

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About the Author:

Mel Gilden is the author of more than thirty middle-grade and young adult books, including Star Trek®: Deep Space Nine™: The Pet. He has written five novels for adults, including two Star Trek® books. In addition, Gilden is a radio personality, and has written and developed cartoons for television. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and still hopes to be an astronaut when he grows up.

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Chapter One: Out on a Limb

Daphne Trusk peered out the car window at her new town and neighborhood and decided that it might not be too bogus. Actually, the new neighborhood looked a lot like the old one, with row upon row of neat lawns, and houses painted in fresh-fruit colors.

"This isn't so bad, is it?" Mr. Trusk asked as he drove along.

"No," Daphne admitted. The kids she saw looked more or less normal, which was okay as long as they weren't too normal. In her experience, a conventional kid was not very interesting.

"When I first saw our house," Mr. Trusk went on, "I noticed that the place next door was full of kids. You shouldn't have trouble finding somebody to play with."

Daphne wasn't worried about finding someone to play with. What she really wanted was a little brother -- somebody she could help over the rough spots of life, somebody she could be a big sister to.

"What about you, Dad?" Daphne asked casually. "Any nice single ladies on our block for you?"

Her dad sighed. "Give it a rest, Daf," he said. "You can't hurry love."

"Mom died when I was a baby and I'm almost eleven, if she said grumpily. "I wouldn't call that hurrying."

"I'll do the matchmaking around here, okay?" Mr. Trusk said.

They finally reached the new house, a big two-story job. The size made Daphne feel hopeful. Why would her dad purchase a house that big if he didn't intend to add on to the family? Of course, at the rate he was going, that could take years.

Next door was another two-story house. As promised, a crowd of kids, and cats, seemed to occupy it in about equal numbers. If Daphne couldn't find a friend among that bunch, she would be very lame indeed.

They parked and went into their new home. It seemed enormous because it was empty, and it smelled pleasantly of floor wax and fresh paint.

Daphne and her father spread out a picnic lunch on the living room floor. After they ate, Mr. Trusk showed Daphne around and let her choose a bedroom. She picked a second-floor room with two big closets and a bay window looking out on the backyard. The yard was green with grass and trees, but so overgrown it looked like a nature preserve.

The moving van arrived then, and they spent the rest of the afternoon directing the movers.

When Daphne went to bed that night, the darkness around her was lumpy and strange with full cardboard boxes. Still, the bed was her own, and it felt good to be in her new home.

Daphne listened to the house creak occasionally, and every few minutes a car passed on the street; but generally, nothing broke the silence. As if in a dream, she heard her father brush his teeth and turn off the light in his bathroom.


Daphne hated to pack, but she kind of liked unpacking. It reminded her of Christmas morning because despite the careful labeling, finding out what was inside each box could be a surprise. Also, unpacking in a new house gave her the opportunity to start over again, to make good on her promises to herself to keep her room neat and tidy. It had been a losing battle in the old house, but she was older now and might have better luck.

She unpacked for an hour, and then the beautiful morning drew her outside. Clutching the telescope she had unpacked from a box of dish towels, she went out to explore her new backyard.

Daphne trudged through the knee-high grass and weeds. In the far corner of the yard she found a weather-beaten plaster duck and three plaster ducklings. Near the ducks she found a perfect spider's web strung between two shrubs.

While Daphne explored, she listened to the shrieks and giggles of kids playing on the other side of the overgrown hedge. The kids sounded like fun, but they made her feel sad, too, because they reminded her more keenly that she didn't have a little brother.

Suddenly an idea struck her. Why not climb a tree at the edge of the yard and peek down on them?

It took Daphne only a few minutes to find the perfect tree and scramble up until she could see over the hedge with her telescope. The yard next door was a big rectangle of trampled yellow grass. A sorry-looking tree stood on one corner, with a tire dangling from it by a rope. Seven or eight little kids ran up and back playing tag, and cats of various sizes roamed everywhere. White saucers of cat food were scattered across the porch and yard, but Daphne didn't see even one cat actually eating.

Daphne zoomed in with her telescope on a skinny boy about her age sitting on the back step. He wore a T-shirt and jeans, had freckles across his nose, and was reading a book. The fact that he was reading during the summer was a good sign. He might even be friend material. The type of book he was reading would tell her more.

Daphne adjusted her telescope but still couldn't make out the title. She shinnied farther out on the limb and looked again. The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater came into focus. Not a conventional book at all. Daphne was pleased. She had read it herself.

Without warning, the limb she was on cracked and fell into the next yard, taking Daphne along with it. She hit the ground with a thump.

Fortunately, the impact had been cushioned by the leaves and some smaller branches. All the little kids who'd been playing ran over. The boy who'd been reading ran over, too. "Are you all right?" he asked. She stretched her legs out in front of her. Her chin was skinned, but otherwise she seemed okay. No broken bones. A big gray cat sniffed at her shoes.

"I'm fine," Daphne said, catching her breath.

"Ask her why she's in our yard," one little boy piped up.

"What were you doing up there?" the older boy asked.

Daphne knew she was in trouble. She'd been caught spying, and now she was certainly trespassing. It occurred to her that she could make up a good story, but that was no way to start a friendship. "I just moved in next door," she said. "I wanted to see what the neighbors were like. "

"Why's she in our yard? " the little boy still wanted to know.

"She fell," the older boy said.

"Why?" the little boy asked.

Daphne thought they could spend their lives telling the little boy why. "I'm Daphne Trusk," she said and put out her hand.

The older boy squirmed a little. He seemed uncertain whether he wanted to touch her. "I'm Harv Stuckly," he said. He looked around. "And these are my brothers and sisters."

"Why did she fall?" the little boy asked.

"Gravity," Harv said and rolled his eyes.

"What's gravity?" the little boy asked.

"I'm really sorry about dropping in like this," Daphne said. "I'll just take my tree limb and go."

"That's okay," Harv said.

By this time several kittens and kids were climbing around on the limb. It had quickly become a spaceship, a fire truck, a horse, a pirate galleon, and the world's biggest scratching post.

The little boy yanked on Harv's shirt. "What's gravity?"

"Susie, tell Oscar what gravity is," Harv said and pulled Daphne toward the driveway before either Susie or Oscar had time to protest.

"I'd give anything to have a little brother," Daphne said.

"You can have one of mine," Harv said. "I have plenty."

"Oscar's cute."

"Yeah, but he asks a lot of questions. Mom says he's going through a stage."

They moved to the front of the Stuckly house, and Harv timidly picked at the bark on the nearest tree while they spoke. Daphne already liked Harv, and he apparently liked her.

"So, you live next door, huh?" Harv asked.

"We just moved in yesterday. The telephone company transferred my dad."

"Your mom work?"

"She's dead," Daphne said.

Daphne's bald statement seemed to shock Harv. He swallowed and acted as if he didn't know what to say. Daphne felt bad about upsetting him. Not having a mother had been a fact of life for her for so long, it hardly bothered her.

"Do your parents work?" she asked.

"They run the store at the end of the block," Harv said. "You know, Buyer's Market?"

"I haven't been to the end of the block yet," Daphne said with a laugh. "Only to your yard."

Harv just nodded.

Under the tree was another white saucer filled with a pile of hard brown stuff that the flies seemed to like. Daphne pushed the saucer with her toe.

"Cat food," Harv said. "Meowser brand cat food."

"Looks gross," Daphne said.

"My dad bought a case of the stuff because it was on sale," Harv said. "He puts new servings out every few days, but not even the strays will eat it. They'd rather wait for the more expensive stuff he puts out when he starts to feel sorry for them."

Daphne barely heard Harv because she'd noticed something strange happening at her house. Somebody was climbing up an outside wall like a fly.

"Look at that," Daphne whispered to Harv.

Copyright © 1994 by General Licensing Company, Inc.

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