Saturday, December 15, 2012



Steam rushed out of the iron. 
My great grandma slid its hot metal face 
over the sleeves of my grandpa’s shirt. 
Part of the shirt was burnt. 
She was too busy watching me.
The tea kettle whistled. 
She trotted into the kitchen.
I crawled toward the iron 
and pulled the wire. 
The burning metal
landed on my left hand.
 I cried and cried.
 My dad brought my teddy bear.
 I threw the teddy bear 
and it thumped into the wall. 

Last Breath

Jingle, jingle
Molly pushed through the door 
to Turtle Tower restaurant. 
She sniffed the air. 
The smell of mi wafted into her head. 
Her favorite is Vietnamese meat called Bo 
and purple potatoes. 
Paper lanterns hung from the ceiling. 
Bright lights amazed one the flies.
Uncle Dong snatched the bug in his fist 
as it took its last breath. 

A Pop of Red

The smell of the doctor’s office
 filled my living room. 
My grandma clenched onto my hand and 
kissed me on the forehead. 
I smiled and I felt my cheeks flash pink. 
My grandma giggled. 
Her lipstick, 
a pop of red. 
When I traced the wrinkles on her hand 
they stretched and softened. 

About the Author

Hi! My name is Linda Munkhbaatar. I am ten years old, and I was born on December 19, 2001 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I live in San Francisco with my mom, dad, little brother, and my grandma. I like to dance and swim. I am also good at both things and want to be famous for swimming. I want to be good at cooking someday. When I grow up I want to be an artist because I like to be creative. My teacher says I am perspicacious. If I were a plant I would be a rose because my thorns would protect me. My favorite series of books are Amelia’s Guidebooks because they are about helping you with problems. One thing I wonder about a lot is when the universe was created. The scariest moment of my life was when I moved to America because I was afraid no one would like me. I was also excited to see new stuff and to do new stuff. If I got the chance to go backward in time I would go to 2008 to experience the time my brother was born. I speak English and Mongolian. This is my third published book. I am also the author of Can You Dance and Anonymity Attacks. 

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