It's a rainy Monday morning at school, when Paul and his friends get called into Mr. Murrow's office. It turns out Mrs. Gates got a call from the sheriff's department, saying that the freak show exhibit at the carnival had been vandalized by some soccer players.
Hm. It wasn't them, so it must have been … the kids from Tangerine Middle.
Mr. Murrow agrees to call Betty Bright, the soccer coach at Tangerine Middle, and ask her to straighten things out.
As they head back into the rain to the portables, Paul tells Joey that he feels bad ratting those guys out. Joey can't understand why.
Paul asks him if Kerri's going out with Adam, the guy she was with at the fair. Joey doesn't think so, and starts ragging on Paul.
Buckle your seatbelts, Shmoopers, because things are about to get crazy:
There's a loud whooshing sound, and all the rainwater under the portables is sucked towards the back of the field.
Next, the wooden boards of the walkways start cracking, and the mud underneath starts sliding away in the same direction as the water.
Teachers start looking out of their portables, and then begin evacuating their students.
Panic breaks out: the walkways start splintering and portables start moving.
What's up? Oh, nothing, just a GIANT SINKHOLE opening up under the field.
Paul realizes his math class is being sucked underground, so without regard for his own safety, he runs to help.
He and Joey, along with some 8th graders, form a line to help pull each kid out of the hole—while it's still growing.
With portables crashing all around them, they save the last kids, and then all rush inside.
Paul tries to clean his mud-caked glasses, but Gino grabs them and does it for him, telling him he's the best goalie in the county, and that they should have bent the rules for him.
Awww, feeling the love, sinkhole-style!
The school dispatches the buses early to send everyone home, and kids with broken arms and legs are sent to the office. And then hopefully the hospital.
Paul gets home, freezing and muddy, and tells his mom about what happened.