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A Year in the Life of Rayna

by Emma Kennedy

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A Year in the Life of Rayna
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Written and Illustrated by Emma Kennedy
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Today is Rayna’s birthday! It's a big day in the Suárez household, and everyone crowds into the kitchen to celebrate.
“Happy birthday, Rayna!” say her twin sisters.
“Happy birthday, Rayna!” says her mom.
“'Appy 'Biwfday,' ‘Wayna,’” says her little brother.
“Happy birthday! Happy birthday! Happy birthday!” call her cousins, her aunt, her uncle, her grandmother and her neighbors. The sound echoes off the apartment walls.
Rayna spins around and around and around, not knowing where to look. There’s just so many people! Her head spins from trying to look at so many people and listen to so many voices. It’s too loud! She covers her ears and backs toward the door.
To: My Wonderful Granddaughter Rayna
Love: Grandpa :-)
Ooph! Rayna backs up until her back hits something soft, yet firm. “Happy birthday, Rayna!” whispers her grandpa, slipping something into her hand and squeezing her shoulder.
Rayna takes a deep breath and turns back to the kitchen, bursting with her happy, noisy family. She eats some cake, opens her presents, and plays games with them until late that night, when she stumbles into bed, exhausted.

Rayna loves the quiet night-time sounds….the rain on the pavement, cars passing in the distance, her sisters’ soft breathing. “Ah,” she breathes out. “It’s so peaceful!” 
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Rayna loves the quiet calm that reigns at night, when the whole family is sleeping. She loves her family too, but goodness, there are a lot of them! And they’re so noisy!
The next morning, Rayna is putting on her jacket when she feels a bump in the pocket. She unzips it and pulls out a thin envelope with green writing on it. “Oh!” she exclaims. “It’s Grandpa’s present!”
Excited, she rips off the paper to reveal…a flat, plastic rectangle with some pictures and words on it? “What’s this? A ‘Charlie Card?’ Why would Grandpa get me one of these?”
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