Original Stories

Find Your Voice, Jack

“Mary, what a cute dog you have,” gushed Nancy. Jack wagged his tail obediently. “He is sweet. I have never heard him bark.” Susie patted Jack. Jack opened his mouth as if he was grinning and took in all the compliments. Mary sighed. She was tired of her German shepherd, Jack, being called adorable, sweet and cute. All she wanted was a


St. James Primary school was undergoing inspection in the afternoon, and Sam’s dad was the chief inspector. At recess, a group gathered around Sam. “Is my uniform good enough?” “Will your dad ask any questions from the lessons?” another kid asked. Sam shrugged. He was not sure. Kelvin stood in the corner, trying to hide his face. His

The Red-Headed Boy

A red-headed boy I once did see His big blue eyes stared back at me, Skin kind of pale and cheeks of rose With the cutest little turned-up nose.   Sitting by his side I offered a smile He giggled and I did linger a while, Then told him my name was Daisy Lou He eventually told me his name too.   Even though he was sweet, I didn’t stay

Stuck in a Memory

It was ten at night, and he sat sleeping in his soft recliner. An old mystery magazine lay on his lap while the breeze was quietly turning its pages from the open window. Thomas Williams did not have to report to work today because his boss told him to take a vacation. He had noticed that Thomas had been working long hours and filling in for other

The Kallerbay Stories 10-12

Kallerbay was conceived as a short story project for 6 – 11 year-olds, written in a first-person child-related style and the “storytellers” are a class of 25 children in this age bracket. In an uncomplicated environment, we follow the adventures of 25 schoolboys and girls in the fictional sea-side town of Kallerbay where life is adventurous a

How Grandpa Discovered Central Asia

I worried about Grandpa. After Nana died, he was all by himself in England, and we, his family, lived over here in Central Asia. Because, well, this is where Mum and Dad both have jobs. Grandpa had never been out of England in his whole seventy-two years, so it was a shock when he phoned to say he’d bought a plane ticket, and he was on his way

Toys’ Hospital

Toys are very nervous about going into hospital. Research has discovered that as soon as the toys see a white coat, they start to worry. Many toys have to stay in hospital for a few weeks. This is because it takes time to recover, and it might even take a long time to find a donor and spare parts. For instance, the other day, Eddie, a small brown

No More Peanut Butter in the Jelly Jar

Peter John didn’t do things the way his brother Marc did. Peter John did things just the opposite from Marc. When Marc made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, he would spread peanut butter on one slice of bread and jelly on the other slice of bread. He never got any peanut butter in the jelly jar. Peter John tried very hard but every time he m

Paper Masks

Dancers twirled under the chandelier high above, moving their furry feet to the sounds of the orchestra. Each covered their face with a paper mask displaying every species except their own. Groups mingled on the outskirts of the ballroom and watched in amusement, their posture straight and their bodies clothed in refined silks and cotton. One stoo

Gloomy the Big Black Cloud

It was summertime and very, very hot. Gloomy, the big black cloud had grown bigger and fatter and more and more billowy as he got hotter, and now was sitting high up in the sky. As well as growing bigger, he had become as black as the night. Now he was so big that he filled up the whole sky. Gloomy knew he had to rain to fill up the lakes and th