Definitely Not My Type – Susannah White
640 words Teen / Humour
Luke hates the library, but he goes there every week because of a girl. He tries to catch her eye and to study books that might impress her. The girl hardly seems to notice him, yet he can’t give up because she is so beautiful. Do they really have anything in common?
Luke hated the library. How much longer would he have to sit there? It was even hotter than usual, he thought, heaving his arms out of the black leather jacket and chucking it on the floor. An old lady coughed disapprovingly so he coughed back loudly, yawned, sighed and tried once more to concentrate on the book. It was hopeless.
Joe’s Marble – Susannah White
650 words Children 7 – 11
Joe’s marble is his most precious possession. It is very beautiful because the glass catches the light in an almost magical way. When Joe shows his marble to his best friend, Amanda, she accidentally drops it and it rolls away. Can he forgive her and will the marble be found?
They were in the garden when Granddad gave Joe the marble. Joe took it with a sense of pure delight. It was a huge marble, the biggest one that he had ever seen and it shone in the sunshine and glittered with glass rainbows. There were yellows, greens and blues blurring and blending in its bright centre. It was amazing and Joe loved it.
Lost and Found – Susannah White
1300 words Romance / Animal
When Annie found a lost dog sitting on her doorstep she took her in. Holding the dog made her realise how lonely she had become since her own dog’s death. She wondered who would be coming along to fetch the animal. Perhaps she might make a new friend?
When Annie opened the front door, the dog was sitting there, right on her doorstep. It was a small, white, fluffy West Highland Terrier and its huge brown eyes were gazing up at her appealingly. She recognised it at once as it looked exactly like her last dog, Daisy. Annie adored Westies and the dog seemed to sense this. She moved her head jauntily from side to side its eyes still wide and appealing. “I suppose you’d better come in,” Annie said, “until we find out exactly where you’ve come from.” She opened the door wider and the dog brushed against her leg affectionately as she followed Annie into the house.
The Moss Garden – Susannah White
2600 words Children 7 – 11 years
When Joe visits his mysterious Grandmother, she teaches him how to make a tiny moss garden. He takes this small garden back to his school in the city and discovers that is has strange magical powers which transform everything.
It was Gran who showed me how to make my moss garden. I’m sure she knew its mysteries too, because, when I told her my secret, she smiled in a strange way and said, ‘Life is full of little mysteries, Joe.’ Gran wears a long white shawl with silver through it, and her hair is silver too. She glitters and shimmers in the sunshine and everything about he seems bright and white and exciting. Every Saturday I go to Gran’s house and every Saturday she asks me the same question. ‘Would you like to play in my garden, Joe?’