Monkey Islands

Chaz and Charo lived by the Amazon River in South America. Chaz was fourteen years old, and Charo had just turned thirteen. They were boyfriend and girlfriend. They were out for an adventure in a large canoe paddling down the river. It started raining very hard, and the winds were picking up. The river began to get rough, and they decided they should start heading home. Suddenly, they were caught in a severe storm, and the canoe was being swept downstream at a high rate of speed. Chaz and Charo were scared, and he yelled, "Hold on!" They both held on tight to the canoe. The river continued to rise and became very dangerous. Charo screamed for help as the canoe started going even faster down the river. Chaz started screaming for help too. Then it started getting dark. They were still trapped in the canoe and trying hard to keep the canoe from tipping over. Several more hours went by, and they knew that they were a long way from their home. Now, they didn't know where they were. The canoe finally washed up on an island the next day. The canoe hit a large tree and broke in half. Chaz and Charo were thrown out of the canoe and landed on the sandy beach of the island. They hugged each other; they were both glad to be out of the river and on land.

They started walking to explore the island. Then they both started shouting to see if anyone was on the island. They walked and walked, but they could not find any people anywhere on the island. They were all alone and very scared now. They heard strange animal noises coming from the jungle. They could hear something moving around in the bushes. Whatever was out there was watching them. They knew it was not a person. Then they heard even more strange animal noises. They thought they sounded like noises that a monkey would make. Suddenly, they were surrounded by monkeys of all different kinds that started coming out of the jungle and swinging from all of the trees above them! All of the monkeys started screaming! Chaz and Charo did not move. They stood very still and let the monkeys smell them. The monkeys started making noises and playing with their hair. They seemed to love Charo's long black hair. Chaz and Charo were not scared of them anymore. They knew that the monkeys were not going to hurt them. One of the monkeys handed them a banana! Chaz and Charo were starving. They split the banana, and they were so glad that they finally got something to eat. Then Charo remembered that she had a candy bar in her pocket. They split the candy bar, and they both started feeling better.

Chaz and Charo noticed that one of the monkeys was a lot bigger than the rest of them. They sat down on the beach and watched the monkeys for a while. They saw that the bigger monkey that handed them the banana was the leader. He was brown and had a big long nose too. They had never seen a monkey like that before. They wondered what kind of monkey he was. They named him Erico, which is a Brazilian name that means "powerful ruler." Chaz and Charo are also Brazilian names. Chaz means "farmer," and Charo means "beauty flower."

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Chaz and Charo lived by the Amazon River in South America. Chaz was fourteen years old, and Charo had just turned thirteen. They were boyfriend and girlfriend. They were out for an adventure in a large canoe paddling down the river. It started raining very hard, and the winds were picking up. The river began to get rough, and they decided they should start heading home. Suddenly, they were caught in a severe storm, and the canoe was being swept downstream at a high rate of speed. Chaz and Charo were scared, and he yelled, "Hold on!" They both held on tight to the canoe. The river continued to rise and became very dangerous. Charo screamed for help as the canoe started going even faster down the river. Chaz started screaming for help too. Then it started getting dark. They were still trapped in the canoe and trying hard to keep the canoe from tipping over. Several more hours went by, and they knew that they were a long way from their home. Now, they didn't know where they were. The canoe finally washed up on an island the next day. The canoe hit a large tree and broke in half. Chaz and Charo were thrown out of the canoe and landed on the sandy beach of the island. They hugged each other; they were both glad to be out of the river and on land.
LaVonna Moore is a native Oklahoman born in 1960 at the Ft. Sill Army Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma. With her father being in the military, she was able to do a lot of traveling as a child.