From the Back Cover
One morning as the neighbors' front door opened, Gabriel once again hung out by the window, peering across the fence. He stood on tiptoes, leaning over the sink to see.
"Why don't you go out and talk to him?"his grandmother asked, dropping a lump of sugar in her coffee.
"What would I say?" Gabriel wondered,watching Liam go around back for his bike.
"How about 'hello'?" his grandfather suggested, looking up from his paper. "I heard it's a common way to greet people."
A faint smile crossed Gabriel's face.
"Only those who go out into the world will find adventures. Those who peer through windows rarely do," his grandmother said, winking at him.
Turning from the window, Gabriel sunk against the counter. "Some kind of adventure, talking to someone. That's no big deal."
"Start small," his grandfather said."No one starts out big. Take one step, and see if you feel like taking another." He shrugged. "If not, try again tomorrow."
Looking at his grandfather, Gabriel took a deep breath and before his new-found courage could leave him headed to the door. In one swift motion, he opened it and stepped out onto the porch,took three more steps down the front stairs and walked onto the driveway just as Liam returned from the back yard, bike by his side.
Clearing his throat, Gabriel opened his mouth. "Hello."