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

Adah’s Hike

141016_1by Adah, Age11

I went on my very first hike with my cousins and my grandpa. My parents and my sister decided to go to a cave but I chose to hike. We knew prior to getting there that the hike would take about four hours in 90° weather, so we came prepared. We packed two backpacks full of water bottles and another full of snacks. This hiking trail led to the top of a mountain, and it isn’t a road well traveled. We passed quite a few people, but the trail was anything but worn down. On our way up, a gopher popped up from behind a rock and sat there while we took pictures of it. It was super cute! Continue reading

Florida

290916_1by Molly, Age 15

The captivating blue of the ocean
Is highlighted as the waves
Crash to the soft sand
Its white caps
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Night in the Mansion

290816_3By Hannah, Age 10

Aah! Aah!!!

The scream rang in my ears. I had to find out what was going on because I needed to help the screamer. It sounded like they were in trouble.

Eek!!!

There it was again. I followed the sound until I came to a locked bathroom. I cut a gigantic hole in the door and jumped through—the criminal was gone. There lay an unconscious woman at my feet. I needed to find out who did this so I could stop the person from harming more people. So after I’d called 911 and the ambulance had taken the woman to the hospital, I got my detective fingerprint pad from my bedroom. (Yes, I do live in this mansion and that woman was my masseuse.) Continue reading

A Universe the Same as Ours

By Grace, Age 12

What if I told you that there was a parallel universe connected to ours?

That would mean there would be someone almost the exact same as you. They would have the same name, have the same friends, read the same books and would be doing the same thing as you. The difference would be that your parallel self would be in another universe. How would you react? Would you believe it? Come in close, let me tell you a secret.

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The Jump

070816_1by Nathan, Age 11

Where I live there has always been something we called, ‘The Jump’. It is a gigantic drop off the edge of a cliff. No one knew what was really down there. You see, we live on a planet called Roko Republica. It is all kids. No adults. If you’re interested in finding out if we die… we don’t die. We are all immortal. However, none of us dared to leap off that cliff. All we could see was darkness below. Nothing else. Nobody had ever gone near the cliff except Neal Phileas. He had always been a daredevil and a troublemaker, so no one was surprised when he jumped. Of course, he was never seen again. No one even heard the thud when he landed at the bottom, if there was one. As I said, no one knew what was down there, until one day… Continue reading

What If Virtual Video Games Were Real?

by Jon, Age 11

If virtual video games were real, they would probably sell in a heartbeat because they would change video gaming for the world. Parents would no longer tell their child that they were playing too many games. How is this possible? These ‘first-person’ video games would be available with a virtual console, there would be racing games and online role-playing video games in which a very large number of people participate simultaneously. If you had all of that in a virtual first-person game, you would be resting your body while you were playing instead of staring at a television all day. You would be in a completely virtual world! Continue reading