mysterious tale with caution! Is a white bat haunting this small town of
Tiburon on the coast? Or could it really be helping? Brother and sister Mace
and Flora plan to find out!
Chapter 1: The
upon a time, there was a small town on the edge of the ocean. The town was called Tiburon. In the town
lived a boy named Mace. Mace was 7 years old and in 2nd grade. He had brown hair and a nice smile. He was a
very friendly kid. Mace had a sister named Flora who was 9 years old. She was a
little bit bossy, but his best friend.
had heard mysterious stories about a white bat that haunted their town. It
always seemed to show up when a disastrous event happened.
One night, Flora told Mace how her
best friend at school, Abigail, had lost her house in a fire. It all started
out when Abigail woke to the smell of smoke. She ran to her mom and dad’s room.
Her mom and dad got her and her brother out of the house. When the family was
outside, they realized that the baby and the dog, Spot, were left inside. By
now, they couldn’t go back inside because the front door was too hot to touch.
The fire truck had just arrived when the mom heard the baby crying. She
followed the sound, and strangely, she found the baby and Spot outside safely
on the grass.
Then, Abigail said she noticed a white
bat flying above the house. It looked almost like a ghost. Mace asked Flora
what the bat was doing there. “I don’t know,” said Flora. “I guess that’s why
they call it the legend.”
Chapter 2: The Boat Wreck
That wasn’t the only story Mace had
heard about this white bat. One day at school, Mace’s classmate Rob told him
about how he had been in a boat wreck while fishing with his dad. Rob and his
dad were with a group out fishing in the ocean on a big boat. Rob had just had
a tug on his line when the boat hit a big, sharp rock. The boat began to fill with water. There was
a huge hole in the side. Quickly, they got out the life raft and got in. They
started rowing. Suddenly, a big rain cloud covered the sky. It started raining.
The fishermen were cold and wet and couldn’t get back to shore because the wind
was blowing them the opposite way. Right as the boat was about to tip, Rob
noticed huge white wings through the fog. The rope in front of the boat lifted
and the boat began to go towards shore. Rob thought that the white thing had
sunk their fishing boat. He didn’t know
how they mysteriously made it back to shore alive.
Chapter 3: The Bridge Collapses
river ran through the middle of Tiburon into the ocean. There was a bridge to
cross it. One night, everyone was going home from soccer practice and it was
dark. All of a sudden, there was a creak and a crash. One of the pillars
holding up the bridge collapsed. The bridge fell away into the raging river. A
car had almost gotten across the bridge when the bridge collapsed and the car
was leaning over the water. The family inside was screaming. Mysteriously, the
car began to inch back onto land, as if something was pulling it to safety. No
one could see what had saved the car hanging over the edge.
Chapter 4: The Cave
was looking out of his car window. He had seen the bridge collapse. A few more
feet and his family would have fallen into the river. Luckily, they had not
quite reached the bridge yet. Everyone was getting out of their cars to see
what had happened and who was hurt. Then Mace saw something white fly out from
under the bridge. It flew right past his head. No one else seemed to see it. In
the confusion, he decided to follow it and see what it was. It was not a
seagull. Not this late at night. He followed it up the hillside and near the
top saw a small entrance to a dark cave. The white bird flew inside. Mace was
too scared to follow in the dark. He climbed back down the hill to his car and
next morning, he told his sister Flora what he had seen. Was it the haunted bat
the town talked about, they wondered? They decided to go back with flashlights
to explore the cave. Mace & Flora told their mom they were going to go to
buy an ice cream at the corner store and would be home soon. They went up the
hill and found the cave entrance. The entrance was small, and they crawled
through. Inside, the cave was very big and smelled stinky. They covered their
faces with their shirts. The cave floor was covered with white stuff, but
otherwise it was empty. Then they heard a rustling noise. Mace looked up.
“Flora!” He said. “Look at this!” The roof of the cave was covered with small
brown bats hanging upside down in clusters. They were sleeping.
the middle was a large white bat, much larger than the others. It opened its
eyes and looked at them. The children wanted to run away but were frozen in
fear. The white bat had soft yellow eyes like the moonlight. “You are the unlucky bat who has caused all
the problems in our town!” said Flora. The bat seemed to shake his head no. He
turned around and fluttered down onto a rock near the children. It looked them
in the eyes. When it looked at them, they could hear it speaking inside their
minds, but its mouth did not move except to make some chirping noises. “My name
is Ghost. I did not hurt anyone. When something bad happens, I have been trying
to help save people. I am king of the bats. They are my helpers.” Mace answered,
“you mean, you saved Abigail’s baby brother and dog from the fire, and Rob in
the boat wreck, and the car from the bridge collapsing?”
answered the great white bat.
Chapter 5: The Pirates
After that meeting, Flora and Mace
knew that the great white bat, Ghost, watched over the town and helped protect
the people. Sometimes at night they would open their bedroom windows and Ghost
would land on the windowsill and say hello. They seemed to understand all the
sounds he chirped as if he were speaking.
night, he landed on Mace’s window and said he had bad news. He said that the
town was in great danger. He had been flying over the ocean when he saw a giant
boat, and on it was a huge flag with a skull and crossbones. In the front of
the boat was a tall man with long gray hair and a gold ring in his nose. This pirate leader was known as “Dagger.”
it a pirate?” Mace asked hopefully. “Yes,”
answered Ghost, “a bad one.” “Oh” said Mace. Flora gasped, “pppp pirates? We’d
better tell mom and dad right away! The town will need to defend itself!” “Oh,
nonsense,” said Mace, “all pirates are nice.” “Not these pirates,” answered
Chapter 6: An Idea
No one in town believed the children.
They thought it was silly for pirates to attack the town. They didn’t think the
white bat was real. The mayor thought it was silly too, but he told the town
members to set some traps.
they put a small pile of money under a huge pot of boiling hot of water. Next
they put a small pile of cash in the middle of a field of tar. They also put some gold coins in a tree with a
big net under it hidden by some leaves.
the mayor told everybody to go inside their houses and stay. A little toddler
named Jon was outside with his mom. His mom asked him to go inside with her but
he said “NO!” and he ran to the edge of the beach. The mayor of the town made his mom go inside
and Jon was left alone on the beach.
then, a rowboat full of mean, dirty pirates reached the shore and grabbed the
little boy, Jon. They tied him up and yelled for everyone to bring them their
money and valuables or they would have the boy walk the plank. A few of the
pirates took the rowboat with the boy back to their big pirate ship. The rest
of the pirates lit a campfire on the beach and stayed there.
mayor went down to the pirate’s camp on the beach. He told them that all the
money and coins were ready. He told them to let the little boy go. Then he went back to town and locked his door
so he would stay safe.
Chapter 7: The Traps:
That night, Ghost flew over the pirate
camp. They were laughing about how they would take all the money and still make
the toddler Jon walk the plank anyway. Ghost flew back to Mace and Flora’s
windowsill. He told them the pirates
would make Jon walk the plank even if the town gave them all their money and
no, Flora said. That’s terrible!”
know where there is a rowboat hidden by a big boulder on the beach,” said Mace.
“Let’s go rescue Jon tonight!”
idea,” said Ghost. “I can go with you and bring my helper bats.”
will be fun,” said Mace.
not if they catch us,” said Flora.
That night, as soon as Flora and Mace
went to bed, Ghost came in with his helpers.
you ready?” he asked.
got our flashlights and our rope and pocketknife,” said Mace.
all went down to the rowboat together and began to quietly row to the pirate
ship. The bats flew silently behind them. Finally they reached the ship. They
tiptoed across the deck. The pirates were too busy laughing and talking to see
the meantime, the pirates on shore decided to go get their booty from the town
and get back on their pirate ship. They split up into three groups for the
three piles of treasure. The first group
saw the money in the tree. The pirates greedily stepped out to get the
treasure. They fell in the net and were pulled up into the tree. They were very
mad and started yelling.
Meanwhile, the second group saw the
money in the middle of lots of tar, but in the dark, they could not see the
tar. One by one, they leaped out to get the treasure but got pulled back into
the tar and stuck. They kicked and screamed but could not get out.
The group that was left walked into
town to reach for the treasure right under the pot of hot water. One of the mayor’s servants tipped the water
over and the pirates ran away screaming.
The pot hit one right on the head and knocked him out! The pirates ran
right by their shipmates trapped in the net and cut them loose. Then they all
pulled their buddies out of the tar. They were a sticky, wet, leafy mess. They
ran back to their boats and rowed away to the pirate ship.
Chapter 8: The Rescue
Mace and Flora searched the big ship
with their flashlights. They finally found Jon below deck tied up to a log. He
was crying. Mace got out his pocketknife.
be afraid,” he said to Jon. Then he cut the ropes.
hugged Jon and asked him if he was OK.
got to be quiet,” they told Jon, “so we can sneak out of here.” They made their
way carefully up the stairway to the deck.
the Captain with long gray hair and a gold ring in his nose, who they called
“Dagger,” got tired. He headed down to check on his prisoner. When he found him
missing, he let out a yell for his pirate workers to look everywhere for Jon.
the same time, the pirates from land came back to the ship. Jon, Flora, and
Mace were surrounded. There was nothing the bats could do to help them.
walk the plank for this, you dirty kids!” yelled Dagger. “There are sharks in
these waters. Lots of them,” laughed Dagger. Six dirty pirates carried the kids
to the plank. Flora went first. As she was pushed off, Ghost flew under her and
she landed right on his back. Then Mace jumped off and swung his rope into the
air. As he was about to hit the water, he felt himself being lifted in the air.
More bats than he could count were huddled together, grabbing his rope and clothes
and lifting him up. Right before Jon was
about to be grabbed again by Dagger, Jon jumped off the plank. He could not
swim. Ghost swooped back under the plank
and Jon landed on his back right behind Flora.
pirates were very mad, but they were also scared. They saw the children flying
away from the ship on a white ghost. The boy seemed to have hundreds of tiny
place is awful,” moaned the pirates who had been caught in the traps. Some had
blisters on their skin from the boiling water. Others had tar and twigs stuck
to them. Dagger pulled up the anchor and
steered the boat away as quickly as he could. “Let’s never go back to that
town!” he howled. Some of the pirates even cried.
Chapter 9: The Party
townspeople of Tiburon saw the pirates run away. They knew the little boy was
still their prisoner and were worried. They had all come out of their houses
and were watching from the shore to see what would happen.
through the mist, swooped Ghost, carrying Flora and Jon on his back. Behind him
was Mace being carried by one hundred small brown bats. The people were amazed.
They realized that they were wrong about the white bat. It was real. It was not
a bad bat. They realized it had saved Abigail’s baby brother and dog from the
fire, and Rob from the sinking boat, and the car from the bridge collapsing.
Their white bat really was a legend, but it was a good one!
bats set the children down and Jon ran to hug his mother. His mother cried with
happiness and thanked the bats and Mace and Flora for saving him and saving the
town. The mayor arranged a party for the next evening.
The next evening, when Mace and Flora
were done setting up for the party, the Mayor called everyone to come to the
celebration. Everybody gathered around in a circle. The Mayor presented a medal
to Mace and Flora. He also gave a big box of bugs to Ghost and his workers (it
lasted them a whole year!) Mace and Flora and Ghost had become great friends
and worked together to help the townspeople.
In some places, they still tell
stories of the legend of the white bat. In the town Tiburon, however, they have
a gathering every year to remember how Ghost saved the town and people! If you
look out your window at night, you might happen to see white wings floating in
the sky like a cloud. If you’ve read this book, you’ll know that it was Ghost!
About the Author: Sierra
Merrell was born in Washington, D.C. She
is 7 years old and loves to read. This is her first chapter book. She is in
second grade. Her main hobby is exploring. She got the idea for this book
because she has a toy glow in the dark white bat. Her next book will be called:
“The Stinky Ghost.”