Coming Clean – Catherine Lang
1000 words Children 7 – 11 years
Jonnie finds himself wrongly accused of damaging a greenhouse. Only an embarrassing truth can clear his name.
“Jonathon Bailey, come down here immediately.” Jonnie knew his aunt only called him Jonathon when he was in trouble. As he ran downstairs he tried to work out how she could have found out. He was sure he’d put her new binoculars back in the right place. “Where were you yesterday afternoon?” asked his aunt in her best lawyer’s voice. She was standing by the open patio doors, looking across to the next garden. “Nowhere particular,” said Jonnie uncertainly. “Not a very original answer, Jonathon. Try again.” His aunt turned, unsmiling, her eyes a steely blue.
Flash Point – Catherine Lang
500 words Children 3 – 7 years
Flash the Hedgehog is bored and decides to play in the leaves, despite his mum saying he shouldn’t. Peter and his Dad are clearing up the garden, planning to have a bonfire before it gets too windy.
The autumn sun was low in the sky and the wind beginning to blow. Flash the Hedgehog peered out from his hiding place at the bottom of the garden, twitching his shiny nose. His sharp eyes kept watch as his mother, with her skilful snuffling, found tasty things to eat.
Summer Rain – Catherine Lang
900 words Children 7 – 11 years
Peter is bored. He has no one to play with, his parents won’t let him have a pet and now they want him to help the new neighbour with a visitor…
It was raining. Pouring! It had been raining since school broke up. Peter was bored. His new football, a present from Gran, was still in its net. He kicked it hard against the wardrobe door. “Stop that noise,” shouted Mum from downstairs. She was always shouting these days. Always complaining about the noise. That’s what happened when there is a baby in the house, Tommy had told him. Tommy had three little brothers.
The Curious Bee – Catherine Lang
800 words Children 5 – 7 years
Matilda is a honey bee, out foraging for the first time. She decides to go exploring and discovers lots of colourful flowers in her garden, but she has to enlist the help of other friendly insects to find her way back to where her sisters are busily working.
Matilda Bee flew higher and higher. She wanted to see everything. For weeks her sisters had told her all about the beautiful flowers they visited each day. Today she was determined to see them all for herself. It was Matilda’s first trip away from home. She lived with all her sisters in a big hive in the far corner of the orchard. They shared the plants with lots of friendly insects.