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Cody, Tip and the Rusty Truck Mystery
Part 6: Cody worried

Cody, Tip and the Rusty Truck Mystery: Part six of a nine-part series

By Melanie B. Smith · 340-2468

The story so far: Cody’s dog, Tip, has acted strangely for days, and now she’s run away. Will Cody find Tip and will he ever get his science homework done?

Cody and his dad look for Tip for hours. They check the building site where Tip ran before. They ride up and down the streets in their neighborhood. They pick up Roberto, who helps them call and call for Tip. They stop people out on the streets to ask if they’ve seen a little dog with a black-tipped tail. They phone the animal shelter.

“No, we haven’t gotten a dog like that,” the animal shelter worker says, “but you’re welcome to call back.”

Cody’s dad drives Cody and Roberto all the way to the park by the river and the ball fields on the bypass.

When it’s too dark to keep looking, Cody and his dad go home. Roberto stays for a while and helps Cody make up a flier on the computer: “Missing! Medium-sized female dog, white with a black tip on tail. Answers to Tip. Please call if you see her!” They add phone numbers. Cody shows the flier to his father.

“I’ll help you put those up, son,” says Cody’s dad. “I’ll put an ad in our newspaper, too. But let’s not get too worried yet.”

“I’m trying not to,” Cody says. “But Tip has been acting so odd lately. She doesn’t usually run off like she’s been doing. I don’t understand it. And what if someone like that builder guy saw her and got mad and did something to her?”

“Cody, I don’t think that man would hurt Tip. He would be upset if she went back to his job site, but I think he’d bring her here.”

Cody tries to quit worrying, but he can’t seem to settle down to his homework. His science paragraph is due tomorrow and his teacher says it’s an important grade.

Finally, Cody’s dad asks about his assignments. When Cody explains about immiscibility and wonders if any industry applies the scientific principle in its work, Cody’s dad starts smiling.

“Well, Cody, I certainly do know of an industry that uses immiscibility. It actually has something to do with what I do every day.”

“But you’re a reporter! You talk to people and write words.”

“It’s not the writing part of the newspaper I’m thinking of. It’s the printing. Do you know how an offset printing press works?”

“No, but if it helps me finish my homework, I’ll learn,” Cody says, smiling for the first time that evening.

Cody’s dad takes a book off the shelf and turns to a page showing a printing press. He points to a part of the machine and explains, “That’s where immiscibility is at work. Offset presses have rubber rollers like this one. Metal plates on other rollers have words and art burned onto the surface. Water coats the plates and then ink. The ink sticks to the image areas, and the water sticks to the non-image areas.

“When the plate hits the rubber, the ink transfers the images to the rubber and from there to the paper. That’s why this process is called ‘offset’ printing.”

Cody thinks for a minute. “So the ink has oil in it, and it doesn’t mix with the water?”

“That’s it,” says Cody’s dad.

“Let me have that book. My teacher is going to be impressed.”

Cody starts writing. He is glad to be finishing his assignment. Now if he can figure out how to get Tip home ...

THE DAILY’s NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION LINK: Write a lost- dog ad for Tip that Cody’s dad could place in the classified section of the paper. Some ads do not use complete sentences, but yours should. (Standard: English/Language Arts: Know and apply principles of grammar and usage in writing, and apply mechanics in writing.) More: Look on page A2 of any Decatur Daily. The color ink The Daily uses is made from what kind of oil? Is the crop that produces that kind of oil grown in the Tennessee Valley?

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