A Fine Big Chick – Vivienne Holmes
900 words Children 5 – 8 years
Mrs Wagtail loves to boast. When her only son Ciaran is born she bores all the other birds with details of how big and advanced he is. She is in for a shock when she discovers her fine son is in fact a cuckoo.
“Mrs Wagtail is a very silly bird,” Rosie the Robin complained to her husband. “What has she done now?” asked Henry Robin. “She is such a snob. She is always boasting. She thinks she is better than the other birds. She says her nest is bigger. It is better built than ours. Now, she says her chick has hatched already, before everyone else.”
A Lesson to Remember – Patsy Collins
Adam’s granddad showed him a way to get the bicycle he wanted. PC Marks instructed him in riding it safely. Looking after it was a lesson Adam had to learn for himself.
Adam had almost forgotten about his rush to get to school on time. He often forgot things and sometimes this got him into trouble. “Mum, I’ve just remembered, my tyre was slightly soft yesterday,” he’d said at breakfast. “Did you pump it up?” she’d asked him. “No, I forgot.” “You’d better do it now, hurry up or you’ll be late,” Mum said as she helped him with his tie. Adam cycled extra fast all the way. He just got to assembly on time.
A Life of Riley – Joan Zambelli
825 words Children 6 – 10 years
Since the cats moved out, the mice down in the palace cellar lived ‘a life of Riley’ – which is more than can be said for lazy King Casper and kind Queen Veronica! Astonishingly, it took Ricardo and his ‘special pizzas’ to change the situation.
King Casper and Queen Veronica lived in a grand palace at the top of a very steep hill. Lazy King Casper was so bad tempered, that all the palace staff had left years ago. Even the palace cats had moved out, so the mice down in the cellar lived a ‘life of Riley’! Poor Queen Veronica had to clean all the one-hundred-and-one rooms, including the very large State Rooms, Banqueting Hall and Ballroom. By evening, she was tired out!
A Shaggy Dog Tail – Pat Boulton
975 words Children 8 – 11 / Teens
Mikey didn’t have any friends at school, they all laughed at him for being a SWOT, and a NERD. However, a visitor arrived at his back door, and they soon became best friends. The first time he saw the boys from school, with his new friend, they became jealous.
Mikey turned off the computer, threw all his textbooks on the floor, and flopped heavily onto his bed. ‘SWOT’, that’s what they all called him. He hated the way his friends made fun of him, Soon, they would be sitting their GCSE’S, but – did that worry his friends, NO –WAY, (friends -that’s a laugh). They never included him when they went out. The only time they wanted to know him, was if they needed help with their homework, because they were too lazy to do it.
A Thief is Caught – Holly Stevens
2580 words Children 6 – 8 years
Trevor and his friends return to the farm determined to catch the egg thief who is stealing from Mr. Digger.
Some boys hide around the farm watching the various visitors whilst others search for clues.
They soon decide on their suspect, but how do they catch him in the act?
The six boys all huddled together in the barn and listened out for adults. Joshua Drey, who was on lookout, ran over to join them. “It’s all clear. Jack’s just driven into the wheat field. He’ll be at least an hour before he returns.” “Right role call!” said Trevor importantly, as the whole meeting and plan was his idea “There’s me, Trevor Sharp representing the hedgehogs, Billy Digger for the badgers, Batty Hill moles, Freddy Rivet frogs, Tommy Twitcher field mice, and Joshua and Joe Drey squirrels.
A Topsy-Turvy Tale – Joan Zambelli
810 words Children 6 – 10 years
Mr Mortimer, the piano-tuner, soon realised that all was not as it should be in Mrs Topsy-Turvy’s cottage. He wondered if he would ever finish tuning her piano, especially when all the notes began to fall off from the rather unusual piano keyboard!
As soon as Mr Mortimer, the piano tuner, stepped into the music room at Mrs Topy-Turvy’s Cottage to tune her piano, he immediately had a strange feeling that all was not as it should be! Not only were all the pictures hanging upside-down on the walls, but the mirrors had been put up back to front so nobody could see themselves. Ornaments had been placed upside-down on the shelves, too.
A Very Exciting Day at the Dog Show – Vivienne Holmes
1000 words Children 5 – 8 years
Shadow the collie and his friend Millie, a rescue dog, are competing in the children’s dog show. Their owners are mortified when Shadow causes havoc at the show, but happily, Millie learns a valuable lesson about herself.
“Mum, can we enter Shadow and Millie in the Children’s Dog Show?” asked Ella. “Please, please,” begged Jack, her little brother. “I’m not sure about Millie, you know how nervous she is,” said Mum. “What is a dog show?” Millie asked Shadow later. “It’s a big party for dogs. We enter competitions to show how good looking or clever we are.” “Oh, I couldn’t do that,” said Millie alarmed, “I would be too scared.” “You might win a prize,” said Shadow kindly.
Acting Like a Teenager – Theresa Van Meter
800 word Romance
Karen is independent and wants to stay that way. She’s searching for a home that could easily be modified to aging-in-place standards. She finds a house that could meet her needs. She also meets a man that her daughter claims has her, “acting like a teenager.”
I pulled the rental car beside a white utility van with the red letters, J & J Remodeling. I opened the car’s door and I was greeted with the sweet scent of roses from the well-tended landscape. A man wearing brown coveralls walked around the van toward me. He smiled and his eyes crinkled. His smile was contagious and I smiled, too. I held out my hand, “Hi, my name is Karen Davis.”
Adam’s First Case – Patsy Collins
Nine year old Adam, police deputy in training, has a very important task. As well as catching the burglar and keeping his parents’ secret he must save the magic of Christmas.
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Adam adjusted the focus of his binoculars. He’d promised community police officer PC Marks that he would carry out observations, because of the recent burglaries in the area. Adam is an unofficial deputy and in training for when he’s old enough to join the force. It was already dark outside, and Adam had been on stake-out since tea time. He could see people in the garden, but they weren’t burglars. It was his mum and dad. He went to see what they were doing.
Andy’s Strange Tale – Pam Ramage
660 words Children 5 – 8 years
Andy is wakened one night by a tap-tap-tap at his window. He can’t believe his eyes when he draws back the curtain and sees a strange little creature sitting on the windowsill.
“Can you help me?” he asks Andy..
Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap-tap! Rubbing his eyes, Andy sat up in bed and listened. His bed lamp was still on. He must have fallen asleep reading his new space book. There it was again. Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap! It was over by the window. Slowly padding over, Andy peeped through the curtains. “What on earth….!” he drew in his breath. An odd little creature was standing on the windowsill.
As Different as Chalk from Cheese – Joan Zambelli
800 words Children 6 – 10
Mrs Uncertain could never make up her mind about anything. But her friend, Mrs Certain, knew exactly what she would be doing each day of the week. See what happens when they change roles…
Although Mrs Certain and Mrs Uncertain were the best of friends, in some ways they were as different as chalk from cheese. You see, Mrs Uncertain could never make her mind up about anything. She couldn’t even decide what to eat for her breakfast each morning. “Shall I have toast, or cornflakes?” she would ask herself.
Barney’s Winter Present – Pam Ramage
650 words Children 5 – 8 years
Barney, the little brown stoat has a huge problem. It’s beginning to snow & he has no cosy winter home to sleep in. He thinks his coat is beginning to turn white because he is worrying so much. “What am I going to do?” he cries.
Barney, the little brown stoat who lived in the highlands of Scotland, was very worried indeed. It was getting colder and colder. All the other animals had made cosy winter homes. Badger had dug a deep burrow with his powerful claws. Red Squirrel, after hiding his nuts, was having a nap in his tree-house. Hedgehog slept soundly under a pile of autumn leaves, snug and warm.
Black Bear Mountain – Gerard Taylor Wallace
780 words Children 5 – 8 years
Two lucky butterflies learn a lesson and count their lucky stars, as they remember Black Bear Mountain.
Her name was Gentle Rain; this was because her wings were silver and blue. They had little circles that looked like raindrops; this was quite rare for a butterfly’s wings. Her favorite trees to fly near to were the tall green pines that grew at the top of Black Bear Mountain. She was warned many times though, of the winds and storms that would come there.
Blue’s Adventures – Maggie Jones
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40,000 words Children 6 – 9 years
It is Christmas Eve night, when Mr Christmas goes to the toyshop where Blue bear has been patiently waiting over the years for someone to buy him. Blue thought he would never be bought. He so wanted to be loved and have lots of adventures.
However, on that night Mr Christmas leaves him at the bottom of Jack Foster’s hospital bed and Blue bear’s adventures begin…
Follow Blue’s Adventures with Jack and his family, as they go tobogganing, ride a steam train and as Blue helps Jack to learn. Join them in the Easter Egg Hunt and solving a murder mystery, in Godshill, Isle of Wight, where Jack and his family live.
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Charlie, The Calculating Computer – Joan Zambelli
1700 words Children 7 – 11
Ryan wasn’t allowed to stay out late with the other lads, so he made a friend of his computer, instead. He named it, Charlie. One evening everything changed. Charlie no longer seemed friendly, and what happened next was very scary indeed!
“Well, at least we know where Ryan is,” Mary Kelly re-assured her husband. “He’s not out in the streets like most of the kids around here.” A distinct ‘Um’ came from the direction of the armchair where Jim sat, eyes and ears glued to the TV, waiting for the lottery results. “If our lad was out ‘til all hours, I’d be worried sick,” Mary continued, seemingly unaware of Jim’s lack of interest in her conversation right now. “At least we know he is safe and sound upstairs using his computer.” But could Mrs Kelly be sure that Ryan would stay safe and sound? She’d have shook right out of her new pink furry slippers, had she known what was about to happen.
Claudette the Cow’s Day Out – Susan Jones
750 words Children 7 – 11 years
When Claudette and Sandy decide to have an adventure, they take a trip to the seaside.
Once upon a time there was a cow called Claudette. She lived in a field of green clover and buttercups in South Devon, by the seaside. She had no Mum or Dad, but farmer Lockwood and his wife Jenny looked after him and kept him safe; his best friend was called Sandy. Every day she watched Sandy, going past the gate of her field, with his owner.
Cobweb Capers – Dr J E McGee (Illustrated by Marisa Lewis)
Five friendly spiders live in Mr Arbuthnot’s shed, AJ, Clay, Marley, Mirabelle and Orson. Join them in their adventures as you read the collection of short stories . There are also Halloween and Christmas themed activities.
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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.
Donny’s Dilemma – Pam Ramage
Donny, the little grey donkey and his two friends, Bobs & Bessie loved giving children donkey rides along the sands, and were devastated to learn that Jim the donkey man was going to Australia to live. Nobody else wanted the job. Sharon, too was dismayed. Donny was her favourite donkey, and she often brought him titbits. Donny loved all the children, but he loved Sharon best of all. What was to become of them all?
Donny, the little grey donkey, knew there was something wrong. For a start, old Jim the donkey man wasn’t his usual cheery self as he helped the children on and off Donny’s back, and walked him up and down the sands, and he was always whispering to Mike, the young lad who helped him. “Have you heard anything?” Donny asked Bobs and Bessie, the other two donkeys. But they shook their heads.
Dudley the Dragon – Gill McKinlay
2000 words Humour / Children & – 11 years
When a dragon’s egg hatches out in Tony and Fiona’s airing cupboard, Tony is delighted. He is convinced that their son Ben is destined to be a dragon rider. But Fiona is worried. There’s the household insurance to consider not to mention health and safety and although she’s descended from fairies, she’s moved on from all those ancient legends…hasn’t she?
“A dragon always bonds with its rider,” Ben announced. He was eight years old, very small for his age and full of useless information, most of which he gleaned from his father, a fan of Game of Thrones. “Dad thinks the egg should hatch any day now,” Ben continued. “Then I’ll have my own dragon. He says I’ll have to be present at the hatching so I can bond with it right away. Once it’s big enough, I’ll be able to ride it far and wide and conquer all the evil in the world.”
Eddie and the Gourd – Lorna Rozak
2000 words Children’s story
Eddie wants to live in a tree house. Fighting cruel taunts and his own doubts, this extraordinary mouse finally stumbles across Gourd — the perfect fit – he hopes. Old and new friends must work together. A spooky challenge awaits. Will Eddie get his big view or settle for an ordinary dirt house?
Eddie’s fuchsia-colored nose and ivory whiskers twitched as he sniffed the air for ripe gourds. His apple blossom ears drooped in disappointment. “Could it already be too late?” he wondered. Eddie was usually an optimistic, little, country mouse with big dreams and a happy heart, but today doubt was creeping into his thoughts. His frizzy, chestnut coat and corkscrew tail weren’t the only things that made Eddie stand out. His extraordinary dream of living in a tree house overlooking Emerald Lake drew many a mouse’s taunt. “Birds live in trees, not silly mice,” they’d snicker. But Eddie believed in the impossible, buoyed by his momma’s last words. “Sweetie, you wouldn’t have a dream if you weren’t meant to live it.”
Ellie the Fairy’s Flowers – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus
1900 words Children 4 – 8 years
Someone with rather large feet is stomping through the forest at night time, trampling all the pretty little flowers that Ellie the Fairy looks after. Join Ellie the Fairy as she searches for the culprit and finds a way to keep her flowers safe.
Ellie the Fairy had beautiful shiny brown hair that fell on her shoulders in soft curls. Her eyes were emerald green and sparkled of love and peace. Her little mouth was ruby red and was more often than not turned up in a dazzling smile. She wore a little dress made from beautiful velvet petals of the flowers she looked after, stitched together with the delicate silk from a spider’s web.
Fake IDs – Iris Woodbury
900 words Children 7 – 10 years
Three adolescent insects try to sneak into the Maple Root nightclub using fake-IDS.
The Maple Root was the hottest nightclub of the underground. All the best groups were there, The Beetles, The Locusts, even the Swarming Bees. Two monster stag beetles stood guard at the entrance and checked all the IDs as the excited kids lined up for a party. There was no way other way into the club and the two beetles looked awfully fearsome. “I don’t know how we’re gonna get in,” said Humbert the ant.
Felicia: In a Pig’s Eye – Perry McDaid
1650 words Humour / Children
Cornball fantasy about a cat in animal-school and a supposed kidnapping.
Felicia Katt, who lived in Oxidend, did not believe in daemons, fairies, monsters, or angels – so it was no surprise that her only reaction to the warnings about the dangers of Folly Wood was a superior snort and an exaggerated rolling of the eyes. Being a tidy child, she was always careful to pick these up again in case anyone slipped on them. After that she just popped them in her mouth, sucked them clean and spat any fluff and dirt before swallowing; burping of course at the same time so that her eyes were sure to shoot back up into her sockets again.
Following Ned – Gill Driscoll
1100 words Children 7 – 10
Since he and his Mum moved to the country, Luke has felt bored and misses his mates in London. However when he meets Sophie and Ned at his new school, strange things start to happen and Luke soon realises that life here promises excitement – and perhaps a little magic.