The Secret, Prequel: The Galaxy Ryder

A Boy, A Balloon…The End…Yeah Right!

The Secret, Prequel: The Galaxy Ryder by Dawn Gena
The Secret, Prequel: The Galaxy Ryder by Dawn Gena

Fantasy/Teen & Young Adult


Cross loves books. If he could, he would spend the day reading. After refereeing yet another squabble between his two best friends, who are also his cousins, Cross heads to his tree house to read in peace. He notices something red tangled among the branches of a tree and climbs to retrieve it. Cross discovers a large red balloon. Once he gets the balloon back to the tree-house, Cross is amazed to find the balloon, has big eyes, talks and as it turns out, is full of people…well…if you can call them people.

The inhabitants of the balloon need Cross’s help.  Reluctantly he and his cousins agree to aid the inhabitants of the balloon. The trio make a promise not to tell anyone of their discovery. Not an easy task when Cross’s cousin Pam, has never kept a secret in her entire life.

Poor Cross! As if that is not enough, the balloon has one more secret to reveal and boy is it a whopper!

Book Excerpt:

The cousins climbed the tree house and spotted Cross crouched at one end of the deck staring at a very large yellow balloon.

“That’s not the same balloon,” Derrick stated.

“It is,” Cross informed Derrick.  “It was red when I got it out of the branches.  I tied the balloon to the post and went to get water.  When I came back the balloon was blue.  I touched it and the balloon turned yellow and then the balloon looked at me!”

“Looked at you?  Come on!”  Pam echoed in disbelief.

“See for yourself,” Cross suggested.  Derrick and Pam turned to study the balloon.  As the cousins moved closer they could indeed see a pair of brilliant green eyes just below the surface.  The eyes seemed to be watching Cross.

“Butter on a biscuit!”  Derrick exclaimed.  The green eyes blinked and turned their bright gaze on the newcomers.

“Told you!”  Cross said as he rose from the corner of the deck and came to stand next to his friends.

“Wow!”  Pam exclaimed.  “What do you think it is?  Do you think it can talk?”

Before Cross could answer the question, a voice came from the large yellow orb.  “Why are you asking him?  Shouldn’t you be directing your question to me?”  The green eyes had shifted to focus solely on Pam.

All three children jumped back as the balloon spoke.

“If that thing grows legs I’m so out of here!”  Derrick informed them when he could find his voice.