THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF COYOTE SUNRISE x ALL THE GREYS ON GREENE STREET. 12-year-old Will and his older brother are best friends until Dylan relapses into drug use and disappears for the zillionth time. When their parents say Dylan is dangerous, and that they finally have to cut him off, Will is determined. In order to prove his brother is the gentle soul he knows him to be, he must do what the cops couldn't: find Dylan.
Will couldn’t cut the frog.
He stared at the glistening creature splayed on its spotted green and yellow back. It was his job to make the incision before he and his science partners sorted the organs and labeled them on the paper diagram, and he certainly didn’t want it to seem like he was afraid to cut a dead frog. That type of information would blaze through the seventh grade like wildfire. And if Will knew anything about seventh grade, it was this: D.B.S.
Don’t Be Soft.
Will gripped the medical scissors. Sweat dampened the skin beneath his pale blue gloves. He tried to force his arm toward the frog, but his hand trembled each time he lifted it from the desk. He blinked, eyes stinging from the sick-smelling formaldehyde coating the frog’s skin. Will poked a finger beneath his safety glasses and wiped his eye.
“Are you seriously crying?” said one of his science partners. “It’s just a frog.”
Will bit the inside of his cheek. Not hard, but in the thoughtful way he did when working something out in his head. It wasn’t just a frog. It had once been a living, breathing creature. He wondered if it’d come from a swamp, or pond, and if it had simply died of old age and been found floating on a lily pad.