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Yardboss is the first book in the Schoolyard Adventures series, which is set in the school grounds of multiple people, places and times. In Yard Boss, a new kid arrives at a boarding school and is targeted by bullies.
Robert just wants to get on with getting on. He's at a new school and he's trying to find his feet. Allan knows he needs to put the new kid down hard, but which one? How about the big one that returns his gaze? His sidekick, Tom, doesn't think that's such a good idea, but since when did Allan listen to Tom, anyway?
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First Chapter: Yard Boss
Pick a Kid, Any Kid
“Are you kidding?” Allan turned to his friend, his eyes wide. “You think we should trust them?”
“I didn’t say that,” Tom replied. “I only said we shouldn’t pick on them… yet.”
Allan lifted his eyebrows in amazement. Tom tried to explain.
“We should see what they’re like.”
“I still say we should let them know who’s boss.”
Tom saw the fear on the new kids’ faces. He saw how they looked up at the grey, brick buildings and weatherboard classrooms, and then back at the twin fences and two gates they had just walked through.
“Who needs to?” he asked. “They already know.”
“I still say we make sure,” his friend said. “Then they won’t make any mistakes. Look, the Scorpions have already started.”
Tom looked. He listened too. Across the school yard, closer to the gates, a group of girls were calling out names. Some girls were even walking beside the lines of new kids. They had already picked who they were going to get.
“I think we should be teaching them a lesson,” Tom muttered, but Allan didn’t hear him. He was already walking towards the doors into the building. The lines of new kids would have to pass right by him.
Tom walked slowly after him. He didn’t come to stand beside his friend until the first five rows of newbies had gone past.
Allan swung around.
“What’s the matter with you?” he snapped. “Anyone would think you’d gone soft.”
Tom blushed and shook his head.
“I haven’t,” he said.
“Then come take a look,” Allan told him. “See who we should pick first.”
Tom looked at the rows of kids passing him. They were trying hard not to look at him. They all kept their eyes down. He saw one that was bigger than the rest.
“What about him, Al?” he said. “He looks like he needs taking down to size.”
The kid wasn’t looking at the ground as he walked. He looked around at the school, at the yard and at the kids watching. He looked right at Allan as he walked past.
Allan looked back. Tom thought they were going to have a fight, right then. The new kid kept walking through the door, but Tom thought he saw him wink.
“He’ll do,” Allan said. “He looks like a trouble-maker.”
END FIRST CHAPTER