The Blossomberry Egg Hunt – Declan Hayes
1400 words Children 3 – 7
When the town of Blossomberry mysteriously runs out of Easter eggs, Jerold the squirrel must travel to Hazelthorn. On his way, he learns that someone has tricked the delivery man into giving Hazelthorn, all the Easter eggs meant for the Blossomberry egg hunt. But who did it, and why?
The village of Blossomberry was getting ready for the annual Easter egg hunt. Colourful ribbons and paper chains hung from the trees all along Main Street. Shopkeepers applied the finishing touches to beautiful floral arrangements, placing lilies and daffodils in every available window space. All manner of woodland folk had arrived for the event, including Jerold, a squirrel from Blossomberry Common. Jerold checked the money in his pocket again to make sure none had fallen out. Mr Bramblebee, the master of ceremonies, had given him three shiny new pennies to buy the Easter eggs they would need for the competition.
To Bee or Not to Bee – Declan Hayes
4000 words Children 7 – 11 years
Jerold the squirrel and his side kick Dougie the otter are thrown into another madcap adventure when Dougie spies a mysterious object floating downstream. Jerold has the perfect plan to retrieve the item, or does he?
With supreme excitement and pride, Jerold hammered the last nail home. He had finished the tree house at last. ‘There, all done,’ he exclaimed. ‘Supery dupery!’ said Dougie, hopping from one foot to the next with excitement. ‘I name this tree house, Fort Longbottom,’ said Jerold. ‘Are you sure? Really?’ asked Dougie. ‘Of course I’m sure. After all, you found most of the materials we used. I just put them together,’ explained Jerold.