Brief Respite from Trouble

Beetle celebrated his temporary promotion by sitting on his swivel chair and spinning around and around in circles—which was not allowed—while practicing his I’m-in-charge look. For five heady minutes everything had been wonderful—and then it all went wrong.

Septimus Heap, Book Four: Quest by Angie Sage

The Smell of Trouble

Wolf: We need to be able to SMELL trouble! In fact…wait a second…I think I can smell trouble right now. Wow, it’s really strong, actually. Hang on. That’s not…AW, WHO FARTED?!

The Bad Guys (book 1) by Aaron Blabey

Troubling Mirror


“...there are people out there, like Madame, who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you—of how you were brought into this world and why—and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that, it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past every day of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro



Trouble Feels Good


I used to wonder what the chances were that banks would so often be robbed in front of Superman, so many purses snatched outside the diner where Spider-Man drank his coffee. But now I knew they must have gone looking for trouble. Trouble, it turned out, felt good.

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray