The New Kid in Town – Zach Gasior
1500 words Children 7 – 11 years
Moving to a new town is never easy. The pain of a life left behind coupled with shyness and fear of the change ahead can lead many to flee from interaction. This is especially true with children, who aren’t the greatest at making friends to begin with. Which is why it’s so hard for Aaron, The New Kid in Town, to adapt to his new surroundings and fit in with the new life dropped in his lap.
Aaron stared out his new bedroom window. His mom and dad were in the driveway, directing the foot traffic as movers carried the last load of furniture, boxes, and other family knick-knacks into the house. Aaron looked across the street and saw some kids playing tag on their front lawn. A couple appeared to be his age, but most of them were younger. He was still so angry with his parents for making him move. He had been so cool in the third grade, and in fourth grade he would have been even cooler. Even some of the older kids had said he could hang out with them at recess. But now he wouldn’t know anyone. No one would want to hang out with him, because no one liked the “new kid.”
The Tale of the Chameleon – Zach Gasior
600 words Children 6-10 years
In The Tale of Chameleon, we learn how the chameleon’s color-changing technique caused him and those around him a lot of unwanted trouble.
Chameleon was a devilish little creature. He had a unique ability that allowed him to change his color and pattern at will, and used it to scare anyone he came across. Chameleon would hide in plain sight, blending into whatever was nearby.