“Dex pedaled his bike through the quiet streets of his neighborhood, his dog, Zeke, trotting right beside him. He was studying an arrow shaped cloud in the bright blue sky when squealing shouts echoed from just ahead.“Dexter! Dexter! Buy some lemonade!” Two identical blonds heads bounced up over a rosebush. It was the little Tucker twins, Stephanie and Bobbie. Dex wasn’t thirsty, but no way could he just ignore the girls. Dex’s parents and Mr. Tucker had all grown up together in Joplin. Before the twins were born, Mrs. Tucker worked at Joplin High School, where Mom and Dad both taught math. There were about 50,000 people living in Joplin, and it seemed that at least half of them were practically part of Dex’s family. Dex stopped his bike in the Tucker’s driveway and dug a quarter out of his pocket. Both the pointed at Zeke and giggled. The dog sat patiently with his tongue hanging almost down to the ground. Dex had to laugh, too. Poor Zekie was probably the ugliest dog is southeastern Missouri. Dad had it right when he said Zeke looked like a cross between a dolphin and a hyna. But who needed good looks when you are the best dog on the planet? Dex choked down a Dixie Cup filled with warm, watery lemonade.” That is part one hoped you enjoyed.