Each student has won an awesome Young Writers' creative writing goody bag, including a trophy. Here are their winning words...
Kate Bilal (11)
Meadow Elementary School, CA
Published in "A Wander In The Woods - Legends From The USA"
Dyani stared into the doe's glistening eyes. Dyani had tried every day to gain the deer's trust. She was so close.
Suddenly, Dyani saw bright red flames dancing, rapidly consuming her village and racing towards her and the doe. The deer flicked Dyani onto its back and dashed towards the end of the woods.
After an hour of panicked fleeing, Dyani and the deer had arrived in an empty dirt field where they fell asleep. Dyani awoke to her father's voice and his soothing embrace.
A year later, the village was rebuilt and the tribe's official animal became a deer.
Alicyn Sherle (10)
Salisbury-Elk Lick Elementary School, PA
Published in "A Wander In The Woods - US Fiction"
Alyssa, the mushroom fairy, was gathering berries before the snowstorm. She wanted to have some extra just in case. All of a sudden, the snow started falling really fast. She pulled her wing protectors out of her backpack and put them on. While struggling to fly home, she spotted Carolina the fox all curled up and shaking by a log. Alyssa asked what was wrong. Carolina couldn't see through the heavy snow so Alyssa said, "Just look up and follow my light and I will get you home." Carolina followed Alyssa's light and Alyssa got her home safe and sound.
Owen Hayes (7)
Benjamin Rush Elementary School, PA
Published in "A Wander In The Woods - Across The USA"
No one likes the rain. Especially the kids. They come anyway. Small raindrops are falling on all the kids. The kids say, "It's just little raindrops, we can still play." And then the storm comes and everyone has to go inside. When everyone is inside, they all say, "Go away rain!" The storm growls! The clouds get darker. The storm flashes! It's lightning! Then a burst of light shines out through the sky. The stormclouds pass by. Then the sun comes out and everyone goes outside and plays again!
Mia Lysongtseng (12)
Yav Pem Suab Academy, CA
Published in "A Wander In The Woods - Fiction From The USA"
I stood behind a tall deciduous tree, glancing at the crescent moon. I sat down in the dry dirt and looked at the motionless stars in the dark sky. I admired the moon and the stars for their freedom. I closed my eyes, feeling safe by the presence of the fireflies that darted by. A grouping of deer scurried through the trees. I brought my knees to my chest and looked up. I looked up at the moon, meticulously admiring it in the stillness of the night. I smiled slightly at the radiant moon one last time before sleeping.
Lucy Anderson (10)
Washington Oak Elementary School, RI
Published in "A Wander In The Woods - US Legends"
In the silence of the woods, a baby fox weaves quietly through the trees. She takes in the peacefulness of this beautiful scene. It is so unlike her crowded den. Here, the moonlight shines like the sun on a circle of silver. The beauty is overwhelming, but the brave pup continues on. Shortly after, she sees a chipmunk. After chasing it, she moves on. Suddenly, the pup stops immediately. Standing right in front of her is a wolf! She turns around, running at top speed until she reaches her den. Exploring is fun, but she prefers a safe, loving family.