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Geoffrey Hayes

Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children’s books, including the extremely popular series of Otto and Uncle Tooth Mystery Readers (over a million copies sold), the classic Bear by Himself, the Patrick Bear books, and many beginning reader adventures. He lives in San Francisco.


Rory’s Story

Spring 2008 | Essays

It is an unusually warm morning in San Francisco. My parents are sitting on the back porch reading the paper, sipping coffee. Suddenly, there is the sound of broken glass as I come flying through the window behind them. A surreal moment—it’s difficult to tell who is more stunned, my parents or I.

While nearly the entire window is gone, I have only minor cuts. The one who will suffer as a result of this outburst is my younger brother, Rory, who pushed me.