Magical music comes to the aid of a young blind immigrant when bringing her adopted city back to life after a global pandemic. A heartbroken mother tells the beginning and the end of the life of her little girl. A boy searches for his best friend when she goes missing. These are just some of the unputdownable stories in A Few Drops of Hope. This anthology includes the top twenty-five stories from the Fifth Annual Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Contest. In these winning stories, the young writers (ages 10 to 13) have delivered a wide range of plots that are sure to engage readers of all ages.
A wise old stuffed animal passes on his wisdom to a new one, and speaks about his story of love, loss, and finding his purpose. The Eiffel Tower develops a mind of its own. A little boy is stranded on the moon. These are just some of the unputdownable stories you will find in Behind Life’s Curtain. This anthology includes the top twenty-five stories from the Fifth Annual Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Contest. In these winning stories, the young writers (ages 13 to 16) have delivered a wide range of plots that are sure to engage readers of all ages.
“Yet another gem of a book.” ~Tim Ellen, Blogger
Through Their Lenses is a collection of twenty-nine award-winning short stories by tweens. These stories encompass a wide range of genres, inviting readers to explore a wealth of important themes passionately crafted by these young writers: from a girl going on a quest to release a curse bestowed on her by a witch to a guy trying to escape after being stranded in a different time.
“The immense talent of these young writers shows up well in every story.” ~Tracy Erin, Blogger
Seasons of Grief is a collection of twenty-seven award-winning stories by teens. These stories encompass a wide range of genres, inviting readers to explore a wealth of important themes passionately crafted by these young writers: from a middle-aged woman suffering losses in the heart of Nazi Germany to a teen finding it hard to cope with the loss of a close friend.
“These stories are a must-read.” ~Jessica Turner, Blogger
Just One More is a collection of twenty-nine award-winning short stories by middle grade children. These stories encompass a wide range of genres, inviting readers to explore a wealth of important themes passionately crafted by these young writers—from a beautiful dragon called Ephyral giving up her freedom to save her entire species to a fifteen-year-old girl named Louisa Brixham dealing with her brother being accused of a crime she committed.
“Stories in this book are as variegated as a stained glass window.” ~Grady Harp, Author of War Songs
Stained Glass Myths is a collection of twenty-eight award-winning stories by young adults. These stories encompass a wide range of genres, inviting readers to explore a wealth of important themes passionately crafted by these young writers—from a teenager going down memory lane after a tragic event at her school to a Jewish boy who writes letters to his older sister who’s been taken to Auschwitz.
“Wonderfully imaginative and fun group of short stories.” ~An Amazon Reviewer
Speaking Up for Each Other has twenty-four award-winning short stories by talented young writers. These stories are original, enjoyable, and contain a rich variety of themes and situations ranging from a helpless girl living in fear of her own family to a robot contemplating what’s best for its employer.
“Every story has been handpicked to perfection.” ~Madhan G, Reviewer
Wonderfully wide-ranging, original, and enjoyable, The Emotional Embodiment of Stars contains twenty-seven award-winning short stories like Mortimer, in which an unwanted guest secretly follows a family through their heartbreaking sorrows and Crossroads, in which a budding writer is finally preparing to meet the man she happens to exchange greetings with every morning on the way to her office.
Gold Medal Winner: 2018 Readers’ Favorite Award
A Window to Young Minds is the first of the contest’s yearly anthologies, Short Stories by Young Writers. The 23 wonderful stories in this book are handpicked from 2017’s entries. The talent of these young writers shines in their command of storytelling and their unique take on genre—from a pirate love story to re-creating the Hindenburg disaster that happened on May 6, 1937 in New Jersey.
Prejudice takes place in a plethora of forms. It sprouts a rare growth when a clerk called Coinman can’t stop jingling the coins in his pocket. It’s a seemingly harmless addiction, but it’s one that comes to rule his life and begins to invite the wrath of virtually everyone around him. His work environment becomes increasingly hostile while his life at home begins to suffer as a result of his wife’s obsession with acting. When an attempt to remedy the situation goes horribly wrong, it spurs those involved onto unexpected paths.
In this eccentric tale set in a small town in northern India, Pawan Mishra masterfully weaves ingenuity and sarcasm in a manner that’s simultaneously hilarious and tragic. Coinman is a modern-day parable laced with pithy wisdom and psychological insight into human nature–a clever parody of the dynamics of office politics and groupthink. At times, surreal, Mishra’s distinctive novel is an overflowing basin of linguistic humor. Eloquently written, this satirical story beautifully depicts how even mature, sensible adults can callously inflict emotional damage upon the most vulnerable.
Abby and Emma aren’t just best friends. They’re more like two life forces sharing the same soul, certain the ties that bind them can weather any storm. Then Gretchen comes into their lives, blowing across the landscape of their friendship like a hurricane. Will Abby and Emma survive Gretchen?
Surviving Gretchen, the first book in Bonnie Daly’s The Storms of Friendship series, is a captivating tale about what happens when the bond between two thirteen-year-old girls is threatened by the dark, swirling depths of another girl’s jealousy. The story reveals the importance of true friendship, mutual trust, and never taking the people you love for granted.
This delightful picture book could ebb the anxiety of a child fretting over a new school.
Nora, a loris, dreads her first day of school. But the kindly teacher, a hippo named Ms. Hilda, and a menagerie of a class soon set Nora’s fears at ease.
Literature plays a huge part in a child’s development. Whether children read themselves or have a book read to them, stories can widen their imagination, expose them to new ideas, and help build their vocabulary. Stories can help children to deal with issues in their own life and to prepare for new experiences. Nora’s First Day at School is an excellent book choice that will help children learn how to socialize before entering school. The book is illustrated with vibrant colors and images and tells the story of a little girl named Nora, who is fretting over entering a new school. With the help of a special hippo teacher, Nora’s fears come to an end and she learns to enjoy school. Nora’s First day at School is book one of a series titled “My Teacher Hilda.” The series helps children to learn and grow and is a valuable educational tool.
A Picnic Day offers an innovative and engaging way for children to learn the alphabet. In this second installment of the My Teacher Hilda series, Ms. Hilda’s class goes on a picnic to learn the alphabet, all while playing a variety of fun games. Beautiful illustrations combined with interesting dialogue make it easy for children to enjoy learning the alphabet.
Literature plays a large part in a child’s development. Whether children read themselves or have a book read to them, stories can widen their imagination, expose them to new ideas, and build their vocabulary. My Teacher Hilda strives to provide a base from which children can learn to deal with issues in their own lives and prepare for new experiences.