The Elephant’s Boy – Edoardo Albert

2500 words Animal Story / Children 7 – 11 years

Jayalath has a dream. With his friend Banda, he wants to see the great annual procession bearing the Lord Budda’s tooth through the streets of Kandy. But Jayalath is a poor orphan and Banda is an elephant. Can boy and elephant make it to Kandy?

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‘Tickets please.’ Jayalath handed a grubby scrap of paper to the ticket inspector. ‘And for your friend?’ said the inspector, nodding towards the shape in the corner, almost completely hidden under a large black cloth. ‘She’s Muslim,’ said Jayalath. ‘I can see that,’ said the inspector, ‘but I still have to see her ticket.’ ‘Ticket,’ hissed Jayalath, poking the large black tent with his elbow. Out shot something that might have been an arm. The skin was dark, like Jayalath’s, but it only seemed to have two fingers with which to hold the even grubbier ticket. Jayalath grabbed it and shoved it towards the ticket inspector, blocking his view of the arm.

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The Pigeon’s Revenge – Edoardo Albert

10,000 words Animal Story Age 7+

The pigeons of London discover a fiendish plot to drive them from the city. It’s left to the newly formed Pigeon Squadron, with some unlikely and unexpected allies, to beak up to the enemies and defend the skies.

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The pigeon shook his head sadly. Poison was horrible. The rat was rolling around on the ground by the drains, holding his sides, his face contorted with pain. The pigeon shook his head again. But there was nothing he could do to ease the rat’s pain. And was that some bird seed over there? ‘Hey, mate, you read this?’ The pigeon looked around. It was the rat. But the rat did not seem to be dying horribly. In fact, he looked rather healthy and surprisingly cheerful for an animal that had been rolling on the ground, holdings its sides a moment before. ‘Read what?’ asked the pigeon.

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The Reluctant Eagle – Edoardo Albert

2400 words Animal Story / Children 7 – 11 years

Mr and Mrs Eagle have a problem. Their son refuses to leave the nest. When all else has failed, only one option remains: to call for Mr Fox.

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One day the Reluctant Eagle decided he would like to see outside the nest. He knew his feathers were not quite ready for flying but he thought that it would be alright just to look. Foot by foot he struggled up the eyrie. By the time he got to the top his legs were aching. Then he had his first look Out There. It was just as well the eyrie was old and well built. It could take the impact of a nearly full grown eagle falling into it flat on his back.

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