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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

THAT'S THE WAY LIFE WORKS By Serenity, age 8


Lotte slides into home plate. Her shoes untie and she trips over the laces. “Home run!!! Home run!!!” the fans shout. She tries so hard not to cry or waste time doing her shoes again. Her teammates cheer. Her parents and friends are waiting. Lotte sees her mom and dad in the stands.

They celebrate the big win with steaks and ice cream at a restaurant in San Francisco with gold wallpaper and a crystal chandelier. There are party hats and games, music and presents. Waiters wear dark blue uniforms. But Lotte’s leg hurts the whole time. It feels like a tornado. Her leg keeps on spinning. She pulls on her mom’s shirt and says, “My leg hurts really bad.” It hurts but she holds her tears.

Her parents take her to the hospital. In the waiting room there are wheelchairs, doorways, canes and windows. It smells like medicine. They wait for two hours. Doctors do tests on Lotte’s leg. They say she cannot play baseball anymore.

Lotte’s parents go to a window called Accounts. The lady there gives them the bill.

They say, “Wow! Now that’s a lot of money.”

The lady says, “Those are the usual charges sir.”

The tests are over. They get the results. Lotte’s bone is broken.

They come home from the hospital. Lotte lies on the couch. She feels sad. She takes a nap. Lotte dreams that she is playing baseball and she does not have a broken leg. She wins the game. She hears her mom calling her name.

“Lotte, Lotte.”

She wakes up and falls off the couch and says, “Aww, my leg!”

Her mom says, “Sorry, Lotte.”

About the Author

My name is Serenity. I am eight years old. I live with my mom in San Francisco. I like to draw and write. I am good at running. I want to get better at Writers’ Workshop. When I grow up I want to be a brain surgeon because I’ve never really seen the inside of a human body and I’d like to experience that. What confuses me most is Fridays. Sometimes my mom says she is going out but then changes her mind and changes her mind again.

Monday, October 25, 2010

TODD & BEN By Tai, age 8


The smell of frog spread through the class. All the kids knew it came from Todd. Todd was fat and big. He sounded loud. The teacher told the kids, “You need to do your spelling words.”

Todd did not do his own work. He copied from Ben and Ben copied from Todd. Ben told the teacher about the copying. The teacher said, “The two of you will sit down five minutes after school.”

The bell rang. All the kids went home except for Todd and Ben. Todd tried to hit Ben but missed.
“You’re cuckoo,” Ben said then ran away.
Todd started to cry. His cheeks turned red.
The teacher said, “Todd now you have to stay twenty minutes and Ben, you need to go.”

About the Author

My name is Tai. I am eight years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom and dad. I like to play with a ball with my dad. I am good at math and jumping. I want to get better at making jokes. I want to be a clown when I grow up. Sometimes my friend calls me mean and this confuses me because I think I am nice. If I were an animal I would be a bear because bears are big and eat a lot of fish. I wish I had a pet dog.

Friday, October 22, 2010

THE ICE MONSTER'S ANGER By Andrew, age 8


There was a tunnel with a big ice monster in it. The monster came out of his tunnel and when he stood up he saw an alien attacking the city.

The ice monster was so mad. He went to the city and pushed the alien. The alien stood up and controlled the ice monster with his mind.

The people in the city realized the ice monster was trying to help them. The police shot the alien in his one eye. The ice monster snapped out of his trance then he threw the alien into a Hawaiian volcano.

About the Author

My name is Andrew. I’m eight years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom. I like to run. I am good at math. I want to be good at somersaults some day. When I grow up I want to be a policeman. I am different from other kids because I am shy. Legos confuse me. If I were a plant I would be the seed because it is strong. I wish I had the power to run fast.

Monday, October 18, 2010