A Bloodhound’s Sniff – Mark Scott
1100 words Children’s Story
A bloodhound arrives in a dishonest town and catches fibbers and thieves.
THERE was a town not long ago where people fibbed and cheated so. They stole things that were not nailed down which made them a dishonest town. One summer day, a great surprise, a hound arrived with drooping eyes. His ears, his tail, his floppy face, his skin drooped down in every place. That drooping dog with drooping eyes was a detective in disguise. It was his sniffing nose, you see, that made him a celebrity. That sniff found thieves, discovered lies, discovered fibs of every size.
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.
Adventures of Elliot McSwean: Save the Red Lights – Rebecca T. Dickinson
5200 words Children 10 years+
The city of Cutler Gap is in trouble when the city council plans to eliminate the money it gives to the Emergency Rescue Service. When 10-year-old Elliot McSwean and his friends invade the city’s meeting, they will try to save the EMS before their best friend’s step-mom loses her job.
Dad flipped hamburgers on the grill. Cheddar melted on six of the twelve patties. I reached for a hamburger on a plate near the grill just as Dad blocked it. “Trying to set your hand on fire, son?” Dad said. “Go over to the firefighters’ safety demonstration.” Bright blue, white and red tents covered the center of the town for the seventh Cutler Gap Police, Fire and Rescue Festival. On the four roads surrounding the square, kids sat inside fire trucks, police cars and emergency rescue vehicles. One sheriff’s officer brought his horse, and Dad – who oversaw the Cutler Gap Police’s small canine unit – had helped set up the dog tent that morning before he started grilling. Visitors, who came from North and South Carolina, donated money at the different tents to help each department.
Adventures of Elliot McSwean: The Question – Rebecca T. Dickinson
3200 words Children 10 years and over
When an annoying fourth grade girl uses a phrase Elliot McSwean has never heard, he goes on a mission to find out what it means. Ten-year-old Elliot faces older sisters who bully him, a little sister who never leaves him alone, and his father who still believes Russian spies are coming. Will he find the answer to his question?
No one knew the right answer or definition to my question. Actually, most adults thought I’d forget, and move on to another topic. I wasn’t six anymore with long eyelashes brushing my glasses. I was becoming a fifth grade man who wanted an answer. I turned first to my friends the day the question came to mind. Verdana Jameson—a fourth grader who wore vests and ate plain lettuce—introduced the phrase. How could a fourth grader know something my friends and I did not? It was an unexplained mystery, but I was not about to ask her.
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.
Billy and the Sketch Pad – Jon Beight
6600 words Children 7 – 11 years / Fantasy
Billy likes to draw as a means of escape. That is the one place he can go where he can control what others do. One day he happens upon a sketch book that gives him more than he bargained for.
Twelve year old Billy wanted just two things. First, he wanted to be in charge. He was sick of everyone telling him what to do, including his bratty little sister, Sarah. Second, even more than being in charge, he wanted to draw. It was the thing that gave him the most happiness and provided his escape when life got difficult. He wasn’t much of an artist, and drew stick people mostly, but that was just fine with him. His sketch books were filled with stories about adventures in far away places with strange names and stranger happenings, but he kept the same few characters wherever his stories would be.
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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Butterfly Boy – Mark Scott
1400 words Children 7 – 10 years
Farm boy Wilbur Butterfield is forever being bossed by his big sister, Daisy. Her bossing just gets worse and worse. Because people can’t save him from his sister’s shouting, yelling, and hollering, Wilbur is finally rescued by butterflies, who teach Daisy a lesson she never forgets.
WILBUR Butterfield lived on a dairy farm with his mother, father, big sister Daisy, and dog Muggins. Little Wilbur always did his daily chores, but still had time to have fun, play with the other farm kids, skate on the pond in the winter, sniff peonies in the spring, swim in the creek in the summer, chase fireflies on warm nights, and race Muggins from the farm house door to the front fence whenever he had a chance. Happy as can be, Wilbur had a special gift folks never understood. He was famous for it. Butterflies loved him.
Charley’s Lucky Penny – Mark Scott
820 words Children 6 – 10 years
A man drops a penny, thinks it has little value, and leaves it on a city sidewalk. Charley and his dog Emmy discover the penny and keep it. Charley’s grandpa examines the penny, and announces that it is a lucky penny indeed.
ONE day a man walked into a grocery store to buy some hot dogs. That’s all he wanted for dinner—hot dogs. He didn’t need a lot of money for hot dogs. Besides, he didn’t have a lot of money, because he was rather poor. He thought that hot dogs were just the thing for him to buy. He went to the meat section, found his favorite doggies, took them to the checker, and paid her.
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.
Doggy Bag – Richard Smith
1700 words Children 9 -11
11 year old Leo has to deal with a bully who often picks on him. He wants to turn the tables. He wishes his pet dog, Star, was a vicious guard dog and not the little friendly terrier that seems good for nothing but depositing turds that Leo has to clean up.
Leo discovers that good things don’t always come in small packages but sometimes small packages can lead to good things.
“Hey, Leo, it’s beautiful outside! Leo?” Leo dragged his eyes from his book. His mum sounded like a TV ad for breakfast cereal. He knew she was up to no good. “Why not take S-T-A-R …” She spelled out the letters, “to the park for a W-A-L-K, before it starts to rain again?” His mum wiped her face with the corner of her apron. She looked hot and flustered. She had been making fudge for the school fair, but was now stirring a large pot of plum sauce, which bubbled and steamed on the stove. “Do I have to?” Leo sighed. “Puppies need exercise and so do eleven year old boys,” she replied, pointing to the door with her wooden spoon.