The House on Maple Street

by Anne Lindsay Kerr
(Marlton, NJ, USA)

“Someone’s moving into that old house across the street.”


Aunt Jane was looking out the window as she was dusting in the living room. David and Megan were sprawled on the floor watching Saturday morning cartoons on the TV.

The old house on Maple Street had been empty for almost a year, ever since the Morgan family had moved to Texas. The house had begun to look very forlorn. No one had cut the grass on the small front lawn, and the windows were gray and dirty.

David and Megan ran to the window to look. They hoped there would be a boy and a girl for them to play with. They both missed Johnny and Mary Lou Morgan who used to live there.

The tall trees around the house seemed to be even taller, and the house itself seemed to stand up straighter. As they watched the moving men carry pieces of furniture into the house, a small car drove up and a short gnome-like man got out.

David and Megan knew there would be no playmates for them. That little old man didn’t look like he had any family at all. Disappointed, they ran back to watch the TV again.

By suppertime the moving van was gone. David and Megan had their supper with Aunt Jane in the kitchen.

“When will Mom and Dad be home?” asked Megan.

“Where did they go this time?” David added.

Their parents often had to go away for a week or two on business trips. David and Megan weren’t quite sure what that business was, but they knew it must be important to take their parents away so often. Aunt Jane lived with them and took care of them when their parents were away.

“They’re in London this week,” Aunt Jane replied. “And next week they’ll be in Paris. Then they’ll come home again.”

The next few days were busy with school and homework for David and Megan. They had almost forgotten about their new neighbor. Thursday afternoon they saw the little old man again when they were coming home from school. He was struggling with a large box, trying to carry it into his house. They saw him again on Friday with another large box.

“What could he have in those boxes?” wondered David.

“Maybe it’s a television or a washing machine,” said Megan. “It’s big enough.”

Saturday morning Aunt Jane told Megan and David they would be having a guest at lunch. She had invited their new neighbor.

“Not very interesting,” said Megan.

“Boring!” said David.

But Aunt Jane said they had to be on their best behavior, and not be rude to their guest.

Lunch wasn’t as boring as Megan and David had expected it to be. Their guest, “Old Jake” he said his name was, kept them wide-eyed and open-mouthed with his stories of his inventions. Each one sounded more fantastic than the last.

Aunt Jane was very interested in them all, too, and promised that they would come over the next day to see his inventions. David and Megan were sure they would be too excited to sleep that night.

The next morning at breakfast Aunt Jane said, “We’ll go to see Old Jake after lunch today.
This morning you two have to clean your rooms.”

David and Megan were still so excited about seeing Old Jake’s inventions that they wasted no time getting their chores done.

Finally lunch was finished and the three of them walked across the street and knocked on Old Jake’s door. The next hour was filled with seeing one amazing contraption after another.

One was a toaster that not only toasted bread but when it popped up, a small brush coated one side of each slice with melted butter. (“Saves time,” said Old Jake.)

Another one looked like a toothbrush with a comb attached to the handle. (“So you can brush your teeth, comb your hair, and have only one item to use for both when traveling,” Old Jake explained.)

“Now I’ll show you what I’m inventing now,” said Old Jake. “It’s going to be my best invention yet!”

And he took Aunt Jane, David and Megan down to the basement where they saw a large motor attached to a reclining chair and with two rockets attached to either side. There was also an awning above the seat, and a stick to steer with.

“This will be a fast way to travel, even better than a car, because you don’t need a road. My ‘Hover Chair” will float several feet above the ground.

“Have you ridden it yet, Mr. Jake?” asked David.

“No, but I’m going to test it in the basement tonight.”

After supper that night, David and Megan were doing their homework at the dining room table. Aunt Jane was knitting a sweater while she watched TV in the living room. Suddenly, they heard a rumble, followed by a roar.

They rushed to the living room windows and got there just in time to see the old Morgan house across Maple Street rise a few feet in the air.

It was a perfect lift-off.

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Jul 26, 2016
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The House on Maple Street
by: isaiah

I hate reading but I love this story

Jul 25, 2016
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Not bad
by: Stephen Curry

It's a good story. I won't say it's bad.

Jul 10, 2016
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nice
by: wasaw

really good story

Jun 27, 2016
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fine
by: 2 andy n ellen 120

It is fine, not great. I like Old Jake, but there is nothing funny or exciting. LOLLOL

Jun 21, 2016
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Part 2 plz
by: Amazing

Nice I wish u could write part 2 I wonder what happens next

May 04, 2016
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Awesome
by: Steely

I love this story and now I want to make my own inventions.

May 03, 2016
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amazing
by: shlipwryt

It was amaIng best story I have ever read lately even when u r in bed reading it. It's also a great wondering what's gonna happen next and I recon that it will be a great story learning at school so who ever wrote this give yourself a massive pat in the back and enjoy your life. Oh can u write another book







Apr 19, 2016
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Ending Unexpected
by: Anonymous

How come the house was lifting off? I thought the chair had the hover device. Did I miss something?

Feb 21, 2016
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cool
by: maya

it was a good story but where is the ending

Jan 30, 2016
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The House on Maple Street
by: Abby

Amazing story!

Jan 29, 2016
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Not so good...
by: Vivien

I though it will be a bit scarier because the title of the story is exiting and sounds like something very strange is going to happen but no. Shame...

Nov 23, 2015
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too short yet too interesting
by: Anonymous

This story is so interesting that I was so interested I thought it ended too quickly.

Nov 11, 2015
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Oh man
by: Cool

I wish they'd had finished the story and for us what happened next

Oct 13, 2015
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REALLY LIKED IT!
by: school girl

did it a school w had to describe the picture in the story, never knew that was what it actually was though good story!

Sep 30, 2015
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awsome and nice story
by: rachel

I thought it was very nice and I liked the inventions. My favourite character was old Jake....:-) :-) :-)

Sep 29, 2015
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Cool
by: Anonymous

I think it was a cool story I mean😊but it could have been better😒

Sep 23, 2015
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Good story!
by: Asura5

Nice!

Sep 01, 2015
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!!!
by: Anonymous

Where is the end ??!! 😱😕

Jul 06, 2015
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Yeah!
by: Dan Duong

If you see this rating up here,[5 stars] you can clearly see that this is not the best story I have read but even , this is a good book to read and I
highly recommend it you people that did not read it yet , not only because of the cliffhanger but because of the way it is interesting.

Jun 18, 2015
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Amazing story
by: Anonymous

It was so good you just got stuck in so much!😄

May 14, 2015
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super mortar chair!!!!!!!!!.......
by: sanjay

i loved that motered chair where suddenely felt to ride it. i would always think that if i could have that super chair i could be a super hero.

really good story,it made my mind blowed.

Apr 28, 2015
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Where did my ending go?
by: Oopsie

I was hoping to read a good story to my son, but....

Mar 20, 2015
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Great story for your children
by: Tiffany Campbell

The House on Maple street is a good story which also holds a moral- Don't judge a book by its cover. I have rated it 5 stars (highest) this is because of the speech they use.

I would improve it by adding conectives,openers, adjectives and more puctuation( ; " " ... : ? !) I hope you guys enjoyed the story as much as I did... Keep Calm and Keep READING!

Mar 01, 2015
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Nice
by: Asmita

Nice story. I liked it.

Jan 06, 2015
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best story i have ever read.
by: pui12

This story was the best story i have ever read until noe.So keep writing story like this.


Dec 30, 2014
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good
by: Anonymous

It Has To
Little Bit More Longer

Dec 26, 2014
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Lol
by: Gabby

LOVE THE STORY!!!!!

Tots LOL!!!!

Dec 01, 2014
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Very nice
by: Anonymous

Not a Boeing moment . Súper good

Sep 29, 2014
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a great story
by: masonb

I reckon this was a cool and interesting story

Sep 19, 2014
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Review
by: Cool kid

Okay story

Sep 12, 2014
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cool story
by: crazy john

it was a little weird,but,steal a very good story!

Jul 24, 2014
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What the heck
by: Mat

Where is the ending?

Feb 22, 2014
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the house on maple street
by: Anonymous

Aswome book yet😊

Jun 23, 2013
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Cool story
by: Anonymous

Loved it amazing story keep on writing more stories quiet like this

Apr 10, 2012
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hello
by: Anonymous

VVEERRYY GGOODD JJOOBB! i <3 your story

Dec 18, 2011
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Awsome
by: Anonymous

I loved it because of all the creativity that you used throughout the story. I wrote a story about this but, it is not as good as this one.

Oct 23, 2011
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the house on maple street
by: garrison pauls

very good book garrison

Sep 07, 2011
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awesome
by: hailey

the inventions are kind of weird

Aug 17, 2011
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good
by: Anonymous

it's really good at start i thought it was a horror because of the name but it isnt its quite intresting i hoped it never stopped

Jul 24, 2011
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Awesome
by: makenzy johnston

This was exciting also, I couldn't stop reading and when the story stopped, I was disappointed.

Jul 21, 2011
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cool
by: jayla

i like this poem a lot i read it to my lil brother and he laughed thou it was not that funny the way he did it.

Jun 21, 2011
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grt!!
by: Anonymous

well this book is reallyawesme!!!i lke it...

Jun 10, 2011
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the best story
by: Anonymous

a very good story

Sep 05, 2010
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Very Cool
by: J.L.Conlon

This is the second story of yours that Ive liked very much. Another perfect read aloud or read to story. Not too wordy, not too heavy, and an ending that doesnt need an explanation: perfect!

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