The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at the Old Queenslander by E Marie Seltenrych

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Kevin wore his watch, and brought a hammer and nails - just in case! Krystal had brought her pocket radio and earphones. She also had her camping knife tucked away in her back pocket. The two hid their bikes and stack hats behind the old water tank stand. It was a lovely fine afternoon after the morning rain. The ground was a bit muddy, so Krystal put her bag on an exposed tree root. " She squinted into the speckled sunlight coming through theshaded leaves. " Kevin stared at two birds sitting high in the tree.

Tracey started feeling faint again, and was glad she was on her knees. She hoped they were Kevin and Matthew. She would enjoy scaring them. What if they were Nathan and Davo, should they scare them too? Tracey decided to leave the decision to Krystal. Krystal's heart beat fast with excitement. They were probably Kevin and Matthew, she thought. But what if they were Nathan and Davo? If they scared them they might stop doing whatever it was they were doing. On the other hand, she pondered, they would never find out what it was they were up to.

Kevin kicked his foot as high as the doorknob. " Matthew dived onto the bed and grabbed Krystal's pillow. " Krystal glanced at the two boys. They nodded. "Tracey and I will go to the house and hide inside. When you come, make sure nobody sees you. " "Sure! " Matthew replied. "Krystal," Mrs. Cormack called from the family room. " She peered into the bedroom. "Not really Mum. " Krystal replied, plumping up her pillow. "No, I'd just like you to keep an eye on Kathy while I do the vegies. She's very fretful today; she could be coming down with something.

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