Winter is Coming

Winter is coming with its early black nights
and cold white frosty mornings.

The trees stand bare and animals grow hair to
prepare for the season of cold.

Water starts to freeze, and people buckle their
knees as the weather starts to change. Continue reading

Boombox Mystery

It was an ordinary Monday evening. Courtney had eaten supper and was on her way to dance class. When she got there, she saw her dance teacher, Tracy. Tracy was a super energetic person and Courtney had been taking her dance classes for two years.  It had never been boring, especially not tonight, as you will soon discover!

“Hi, Tracy. How are you today?” asked Courtney.

“I’m a little confused,” replied Tracy. Continue reading

Draw a Platypus!

Have you ever tried to draw a platypus before? They are a very unusual animal that would be interesting to learn more about and draw a picture of. You can also draw a picture of someone you know or even yourself! See some ideas below of other images you could draw. Continue reading

Tornado

You sneaked up upon us
in the middle of the night.
We weren’t prepared.
You gave us quite a fright.

You ripped apart my house
and ruined the trees.
I was too young to know what was going on.
You threw my parents on their knees. Continue reading

Tom Gets the Axe!

by Levi, Age 10

Tom was a turkey. He lived a nice quiet life, on a nice quiet farm. Tom wasn’t smart, and he wasn’t dumb. But he, and all the turkeys on the farm, had a BIG problem—The Farmer! You see, the turkeys worshiped the farmer. Stupidly, they thought he was a kind loving person who loved all turkeys. The only true thing about what the turkeys thought, was that he LOVED turkey! The kind you put on a plate. Sadly, the turkeys were completely oblivious to the farmer’s secret. Continue reading

A Smile

by Benita, Age 11

It costs nothing
But means so much
It enriches those who receive it
Without impoverishing those that give it

It happens in a flash
But sometimes the memory lasts forever
A smile beautifies your face
You can win a race Continue reading

Journey

021116_1by Ruquaiyah, Age 13

If I have to sail over seas
And fly over the seven skies
Or discover my own land
And deal with buzzing bees

Then I have to let go of all my fears
And learn to deal with fireflies
And let go of the word grand
To fit in the large caravan

Of the travelers traveling by
Through sea, sky and land
I need to be brave and bold
Not timid and shy Continue reading

The Witch Cave

261016_1By Ruhi, Age 11

“This half of the room is my territory, that side is yours!” Alice said angrily at her brother, Tom, as he indifferently surveyed the disarray of the room.

“But we both need a bed!” Tom pointed out. As soon as Alice left the room, Tom picked up the saw he had hidden under the bed stumbling from its weight. Then he tried to saw the bed in half so that he could have his own bed on his side of the room. He didn’t succeed. The bed collapsed.

Hearing the noise, Alice hurried into the room and gasped, “What did you do?” she shrieked. “And why? No, never mind, don’t answer that question.” Tom looked down at the mess he created. The bed was sagging in two with splinters and feathers littering the floor. Continue reading

Terror on the High C’s

181016_5By Camille Atebe, Illustrated by Jess Olsen

Chapter 1

Cyrus slumped low in his seat and tried to get past the gorgon to get to level eight. It was hard to focus on gorgon-battling while wearing a tuxedo and attending the opera, but Cyrus was up for the challenge. It wasn’t that he hated opera, or that he didn’t want to be at the brand new Geltwin Theater on opening night, but he’d seen Der Rosenkavalier more than fifteen times already, and needed a little diversion. He looked up to see his mom, resplendent as the Marschallin, belt out the beginning of her first aria. He smiled.

Not every ten-year old kid had the life he did, traveling the world with his famous mother, attending operas all over. But Cyrus loved it. He hoped to be a famous composer when he grew up, and he would write operas for his mother to star in. But tonight—well, tonight he was going to get to level ten. Continue reading