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by Kai Strand – Laila sucked a deep breath of frigid air into her lungs. She loved the Arctic Tundra’s stark landscape and temperatures so cold your nose hairs froze together when you sniffed. Her family had just returned from

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He Digs Candy

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by Laird Long – It had been two years since the great detective Sherwood House had last seen his good friend Doctor Waters. So, when the two men finally met again at the Doctor’s home for a backyard barbeque, they

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The Wonder Beard Pirates Sort Out a Kerfuffle in Kerflunker

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by Kevin J. Doyle – This here’s a tale about a band of nice pirates called the Wonder Beards, who sail the open seas looking for ways to help people. They are known as the Wonder Beards because each one

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Hidden Gifts

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by Holly Stacey – It was yet another blustery day on the cliff tops where the old storyteller sat on his oak stump. He stroked his long beard and peered through blue eyes at the crowd. One little boy looked

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Thunja

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by Rolli – Oona stood on a black rock, watching the sea. Behind her, the children played. Even a year ago, they still called her and asked her to join them. But she only ever shook her head and turned

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Spencer the Unique, Exceptional, Very Special Dragon

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by Carolyn Findlay Davis – Spencer was a dragon, but not just any old dragon, as dragons go. Spencer was special. Not special in just any ordinary way, either. He was as tall as an old oak tree. He was

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Just Plain Sarah Jane

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by Nancy Julien Kopp – Sarah Jane gasped when she spied a dainty white china dish in the display window of Owensby’s General Store. How many times had she heard Ma wish for something beautiful for their cabin? The dish

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S.O.S.

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by Max Elliot Anderson – “Impossible!” old Wade Thacker fumed. “You couldn’t give me the a, b, c’s if your life…” “Can too,” Jimmy Randall shot back, his bright, blue eyes flashing. “Me and Dusty have been practicing. That’s a

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The Ice Dragon

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by Holly Stacey Helgi gazed at the fire and nestled down into the thick fur rug in front. His grandfather was snoozing in the wooden chair, his long white beard mingled with the plate of freshly baked sliced loaf still

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Diamond Child

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by Rolli – I ate a spoonful of diamonds. A nice big one. I thought maybe they’d taste like sugar but really they just tasted like a stomachache. Mr. Impresso was upset. Because it was his shop, and they were

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Christabella the Large Fairy Learns to Ride

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by Myra King – Christabella the Large Fairy loved all the riding frogs at the Fairy Frog Stables. And for as long as she could remember, she had begged her mother and father to buy her a frog. She had

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Dance Walking

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by Kevin J. Doyle – “Sing? I can’t sing! What… this… I won’t… there’s no way! Sing? I can’t!” Ella threw her arms in the air, waving them about as if she were trying to swat an imaginary bee. Then

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Sing to the Sea

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by Janet Slike – When Simon the cricket saw the sun start its nightly fall, he knew what to do. He left the cool shade and leapt toward the wheat fields. As he jumped through the village he sang the

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Nattie’s Adventure

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by Lance O. Redding – Nattie was a little black bear cub. She was just a little kid, as far as bears were concerned, and like all little kids, she loved to explore! One day, Nattie was playing in the forest

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Royal Wishes

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by Jennifer Moore (aka Jaye Seymour) – The problem with wishes is they sometimes come true. One minute Rosa was sitting at the kitchen table, blowing out the candles on her birthday cake and wishing she was really a princess, and

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The Dragon Artist’s Tale

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by Cynthia Reeg – Rudy plopped onto the hard school bench. “Welcome back, students, to Beginning Magicians Art Class.” A smile creased Professor Bumbles’ wrinkly face. Rudy had heard rumors that Professor Bumbles was the oldest teacher at Merlin Memorial

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Dragon’s First Flight

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by G.R. LeBlanc – Okimi watched his sister, Nessa, twirl and swoop through the bright blue sky. Her laughter echoed against the cliff walls, and he sighed. Who had ever heard of a dragon that was afraid to fly? Head bowed,

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Princess Fluffy and the Castle Cloud

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by Bryan Hansen – Princess Fluffy opened her eyes to a brand new day. The sun was awakening and shining softly through Fluffy’s castle on the cloud. Today she would be welcoming the new baby dew drops that had arrived

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The Adventures of Shooz and Sox

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by Adelaide B. Shaw – Shooz and Sox had lived together since they were new born kittens. Shooz was white with black paws, and Sox was black with white paws. They were always together and were as close as a

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Herman’s Horrible Day

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by Donna Koppelman – “Boys, we need to know,” said Mrs. Evans, the principal. I could tell she meant it. “It wasn’t one thing exactly,” Frankie began. “It was more like, a series of events,” I said. Frankie nodded. Gibby

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Zuna Blackiron Fears No Trolls

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by Jonathan Kemmerer-Scovner Zuna Blackiron feared no trolls, nor did she think twice before crossing their bridges. She was a young girl with bright eyes and skin as black as the woods where she made her home. As she did

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A Seaside Horse Race

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by Kai Strand – The piercing cry of the gulls made Amanda wince. She watched three of them hang in the air like a mobile, their white and gray bodies bobbed up and down on the gusty wind coming off

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Look Out for Fluffkins

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by Suzanne Purvis – Martin Luther Lancelot Parks had a long name. But a very brave name. After all, his parents named him after not one, but two famous and courageous men in history. His first two names were for

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Skunk the Cat, Detective

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by Laird Long – Jill Hennesy’s alarm clock went off, waking Skunk the cat. The all-black feline with the white stripe down its stomach stretched out its furry front paws and arched its furry rear-end, yawned hugely. After eight hours

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The Secret of Oak (Part 2)

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by Holly Stacey – Elspeth noticed the rain had stopped, although the clouds didn’t clear. She made herself comfortable on a fallen log and listened to the strange voice in the twisted old oak. Just a few lights continued to

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The Secret of Oak (Part 1)

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by Holly Stacey – It was raining again – Elspeth was tired of rain. It had rained every day for the past two and a half months – ever since the news said it was a drought. Now the garden

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Do Cows Know What We’re Saying?

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by Rolli – Hi there. Hiya. Hi. I’m a genius. Yup. That means I think of, umm, amazing smart questions. Then I find out the answers. Like, do cows know what we’re saying? HEY COWS! YOU GUYS UNDERSTAND ME, OR

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Galloping Galoshes Grandma!

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by Bevin Rolfs Spencer – One day, Grandma decided to go to the store. “I need galoshes.” Grandma pointed to her feet. “Oh!” I said. “You mean rain boots.” Grandma smiled. “No, I mean galoshes. Let’s take Buttermilk. She needs

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The Tooth Fairy and the Sandman

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by Debra Friedland Katz – Lucinda studied the poster taped to the window. “Become a Tooth Fairy,” she read. “Travel! Adventure! Excellent pay. Great benefits.” The tooth fairy on the poster wore shiny gold wings and a big smile. In

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Mei Ling’s Scents of Adventure

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by Suzanne Purvis – Mei Ling Kyndall had a nose for adventure. And today she couldn’t wait to use her smell-errific, super-sniffer at the most adventurous place of all—the gigantic, titanic store that has everything. Rows and aisles, departments and shelves, stocked

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The Grasshoppers Who Learned to Sing

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by Lisa Barrass – It was a beautiful sunny day, and the garden at Tickle Belly Alley Cottage was in full bloom. The tall hollyhocks dipped their heads to the blue lupines. Shy violets peeped out from under the hedgerow

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Martian Cookies

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by Tina Holt – “Bye, Maddie!” My friend, Sarah, waved from our seat on the bus. “Good luck with the Martians!” I looked back and gave her the thumbs up. I needed all the luck I could get. “Hey!  This

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Bot-in-a-Box

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by David Welsh – Alva dumped his new robot kit out of the box and tangled wires and cogs splashed onto his father’s work bench. A blue football-shaped metal head looked up at him from the mess, and the unlit

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A Damselfly in Distress

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by Erin Fanning – Ian and Grandma floated along the river in a double kayak. The tops of pines broke through the mist like turrets on a castle. A frog hopped onto driftwood in the shape of a sword. “I’m

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The Littlest Raindrop

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by Max Elliot Anderson – Way up high in the sky, higher than the birds go by, higher than airplanes fly, higher than you can see with your eye, lived the littlest raindrop you’ve ever seen. Her name was Stephanie.

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A Wish for the Wishing Star

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by Kevin J. Doyle – Stevie moved another small piece of firewood and looked behind it, but still he found nothing fun. He was searching the woodpile behind his Papa’s shop, looking for something cool to play with. The slowly

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Toilet Paper Telescope

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by Kathy Sattem Rygg – JJ sprawled across the floor of his bedroom sorting super hero action figures. A tickly tingle snuck into his nose. He waited, hoping it might go away. It grew stronger and stronger until, “ACHOO!” the

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The Porcelain Cat

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by Adelaide Shaw – China Blue was a white porcelain cat with very blue eyes. Sometimes when the sunlight shone on her or when the firelight glowed her porcelain sides became flecked with pink and gold. In the moonlight her

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Silent H Takes a Break

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by Carrie Martin – Silent H was fed up of being silent all the time. He was beginning to forget who he was and why he even bothered with the whole alphabet scene at all. With each passing hour, he honestly felt more

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A Dragon on the High Hill

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by David Turnbull – When Pa came in through the cottage door, Wil looked up from the messy scribble that was his homework. Pa hung his coat on the hook and took a seat by the fire.  “They’re finally going

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S’more Lore

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by Kai Strand – On a dark cloudy night with the wind whistling through the trees, Clyde and his big brother Lyle pitched a tent in their backyard. Their backyard was big. So big, that Clyde couldn’t see the house

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A Fairy for Briony

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by Holly Stacey – It was another rainy day, but Elspeth didn’t mind. She never minded rainy days now especially as Emrys was always in good storytelling form. For once, the kitchens were quiet and both Elspeth and Emrys were

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The Closet Monster

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by Guy Belleranti – Miguel raced down the hall. “Come quick, Liz!” His older sister looked up from her messy desk. “I can’t. Mom told me I have to clean up my room before I go anywhere.” “But you’ve gotta

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Teeny the Tiny Tortoise

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by Rose Thoman – This is a tale of a tortoise named Teeny. Teeny was tiny for a tortoise. His brothers and sisters all towered over tiny Teeny, but Teeny didn’t mind. Teeny liked being tiny. It made it all the easier

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Toby the Triceratops

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by Brian G. Ross – The afternoon sun shone brightly upon the dark blue of Lava Lake, and Toby the Triceratops looked at his reflection as it danced in the water. His dad came up beside him and smiled. “What

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Maisie’s Monster

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by Christopher James – Maisie hated staying at Nan and Pop’s place because of the monster under the bed. The monster was green and hairy, and he had violet eyes and bright blue spots. His legs were pink and springy

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Carrot Topped

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by Laird Long – Aunt Elsie awoke to the cock-a-doodle-doo of Colonel Sanders, as she did every morning. The rooster’s early dawn cry out in the henhouse was loud enough to hear even inside the old woman’s snug little home.

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The Stinky Day

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by Sandie Lee – “Come my little ones,” Mom said. “It’s a beautiful day. It’s time to play.” Mom stink bug poked her head out from under the old fallen tree. The sunshine was bright and warm. The perfect day. “Where are my

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Nessa’s Tale

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by Holly Stacey – The storyteller looked solemnly about him at all the faces. Young and old alike looked back at him in awe, expecting the next tale. Clouds had formed around them as if they too, wished to hear

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Tootsie Roll Surprise

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by Kai Strand – Derrick’s best friend, Lyle, had moved away at the end of the school year. The summer had been long, hot, and boring without him. Derrick’s birthday was in two days, but he wasn’t even looking forward

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