The Lost Dolphin (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 19, 2017: Session 2

Once upon a time, in the land we live in, deep in the Pacific Ocean, there was a dolphin named Yonathan. He wasn’t the brightest fellow in the sea, but he had many friends because he was brave and kind and loved to play.

One day, he was playing hide and go seek with his friends, and he accidentally swam too far away.

“Where did my friends go?” thought Yonathan.

“Why is it so dark?” he said to no one. He was alone.

It was beginning to get dark. Yonathan knew now he was far from home. He was afraid. There was nothing familiar in sight. Why hadn’t he been paying attention to where he was going? All that he knew was he had to get home. He missed his family, and if he didn’t hurry, he would miss Olivia the Turtle’s birthday party.

As Yonathan swam past the coral reef, he spotted a seahorse. “Excuse me. Could you please help me find my home? I think it’s that way, past the kelp forest.”

“Sorry, I don’t leave the reef,” said the seahorse.

Yonathan headed toward the kelp forest and ran into a barracuda. “Please, help me find my home!”

“Sorry, no clue,” the barracuda replied.

Feeling desperate, Yonathan swam in a random direction.

When Yonathan turned around, he saw a shark named Leon. With an evil grin, Leon chased him farther away from his home.

Yonathan started to feel worried that he’d miss his girlfriend Olivia’s birthday party. He swam as fast as he could and got away from Leon.

Since Yonathan was thinking too much about Olivia’s birthday, he wasn’t paying attention to his surroundings again. He heard a noise and turned around to see an entire group of sharks that Leon was leading toward him.

Yonathan started swimming fast and went into a cave. Leon and his gang couldn’t fit inside.

After a little while, Yonathan peeked out. All of a sudden, a talking potato hit his head!

Yonathan came out of the cave and met Leon once again. Yonathan was ready to swim away, but he heard Leon apologize and say he’d take him home, now.

After a while of swimming with Leon, Yonathan ran into the talking potato again.

The potato whispered, “Leon is taking you in the wrong direction.”

Yonathan quickly swam away from Leon.

But… he forgot Olivia’s gift! He forgot it all along. He knew Olivia would be devastated.

While all of this was going on, Leon brainwashed the potato to join his side! Their gang chased Yonathan into a bunch of exploding jellyfish!

Yonathan was smart enough to swim away, but Leon chased him back to the exploding jellyfish.

Yonatham swam into a wall, and a boulder fell on him. The jellyfish got scared by the noise and stung him, knocking him out.

Yonathan woke up in a fisherman’s boat. He wouldn’t give up because he loved Olivia. He said, “I will not give up.”

He was lying in the boat, absolutely clueless on what to do. He wrestled in his position, and he discovered a hole on one side.

When the fisherman turned around to catch fish, Yonathan climbed the ladder into the sea.

Unfortunately, Leon was under the boat—but he swam right into the fisherman’s net!

Yonathan swam for a while, until he ran into his friend, Andrea, a chicken. Andrea led Yonathan home. On the way, Yonathan found a seashell for Olivia’s birthday. He also decided to give her Andrea for a pet.

After Yonathan arrived at home, he grabbed the shell and wrapped it in seaweed. He rushed to the party.

Olivia was the only one there.

“Where’s everyone else?” asked Yonathan.

“I’m the mastermind of your whole adventure,” Olivia replied with a smirk.

“What?” Yonathan exclaimed.

Leon swam in. “We’re a thing now,” he said. “Olivia’s my girlfriend, so back off!”

Yonathan dug into his shell and pulled out a pearl. He handed it to Andrea. “Now we’re a thing,” said Yonathan.

With that, the two groups departed.

To Be a Ninja Sushi Master (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 19, 2017: Session 1

Chloe was a grain of rice. She loved to bake cakes. She was very adventurous, outgoing, and pretty.

One day, she was in her basement, playing her ninja video game. She had a lot of fun. She finished all the levels of Sushi Master 3, and she became hungry. She decided to order sushi because of her video game.

She tried it for the first time and loved it. “Hey, I want to become a ninja sushi master,” Chloe thought.

She found an atlas and found out that Japan was the top place to train to become a ninja sushi master. Chloe always wanted to go to Japan.

Chloe was thinking, “Should I go to the airport and fly to Japan and meet my trainer, the ninja sushi master? No, I can’t walk. I’m going to try to float across the ocean. It might take a few hours, or days, or months. Okay, it’s going to take a few centuries. I might experience death.”

Chloe was thinking again. “How am I going to get to the ocean? Ask my rice friends? No, that would not work.”

It took Chloe three hours to finally get to the ocean from the wonderful wind. Chloe did experience some bumps on the road, though. Chloe did not expect this.

On Chloe’s way to Japan in the ocean, Chloe saw a huge fin. At first, Chloe thought it was a fish, but it was too big to be a fish. It had razor-sharp teeth… it was a shark!

Chloe tried to swim away, but the current pushed her into the shark’s mouth. She got stuck between its teeth.

The shark was in huge pain and yelling, but Chloe stayed calm. She could see that the shark’s tooth was chipped from an anchor. Chloe wanted to help, so she tried to pull out the tooth.

Pop! The tooth came out!

The shark sighed in relief, but Chloe was even more stuck.

Chloe ripped out another tooth. The shark cried out in pain, letting Chloe float out of the shark’s mouth.

As she was floating, a squid swam by, causing her to get stuck in the squid’s tentacles. But a fish named Gabe swam by and saved Chloe.

Then he ate her!

Chloe was struggling inside the fish, trying everything to get out. She punched the fish, and he happened to throw up.

After Gabe threw up, he befriended the grain of rice. Gabe protectively brought her to Japan, but they were caught and ended up in a huge buffet with a crazy chef named George, who wanted to add Chloe to his fried rice! Although she tried, Chloe could not escape.

Chloe was really sad because Gabe got cooked and died. On top of that, George kidnapped Chloe’s family.

Chloe realized that her family was in the sushi pot, and George was cooking it. But news reached Chloe that George, the best ninja sushi master in the world, got fired. Chloe needed to save her family from the pot.

Chloe started to cry. Bob, a piece of sushi, saved her. Chloe quickly saved her family. Then Chloe finally got her wish. She became the restaurant’s new ninja sushi master.

Chloe loved being a ninja so much that she decided to open her own ninja sushi master school, called Chloe’s Sushi Wong Doe. Bob loved Chloe’s bravery and adventure, so he decided to ask her to marry him.

Lovely Chloe said yes!

So they married each other. They waited some months, and after planning, they had a child, Blob the Sushi-Roll. Chloe was on the news for her school, and they gave her the Nobel Prize of Ninja Sushi Masters. And they lived happily ever after.

The Dancing Wolf and Mr. Quackers (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 18, 2017: Session 3

Once upon a time, there was a wolf named Ollie. He loved to breakdance. He just got home from a class, and he was very tired. He saw his favorite pet rock. It was enormous! He lied down on the rock, thinking of Parry Hotter at Wogharts. Ollie was very curious and funny.

He also remembered his old friend Bob the Penguin who moved away a long time ago. He was even more tired. Ollie started to dream, and he dreamed of digging to China.

When Ollie was sleeping, Mr. Quackers the Duck lowered Ollie’s family into a cage in Mr. Quackers’ lair.

When Ollie woke up, he saw a note from his mom, saying they were getting Mr. Quackers for dinner; they would be back in an hour.

Then an hour passed, and Ollie knew they were not coming back. He sat in a cave and cried.

When Ollie came out, he saw Mr. Quackers and knew the duck somehow took his family. He tried to think of the best way to get his family back. He finally decided to impress Mr. Quackers by breakdancing.

After the breakdancing, Mr. Quackers walked away, not impressed.

Ollie was all alone and desperate. He saw Mr. Quackers cross the Mississippi River by swimming, but Ollie couldn’t swim. Then Mr. Quackers flew across the Grand Canyon. What would Ollie do?

On his way to the Mississippi River, Ollie took a wrong turn and got stuck in quicksand. After waiting there for about 10 minutes, the Taco Man came strolling by… and said, “Need a taco?”

Ollie said, “Sure, why not?”

He ate the taco and farted his way out of the quicksand. “Wow, that taco was terrible,” said Ollie.

The Taco Man got mad and threw all the tacos at Ollie. Ollie slapped the Taco Man with his tail, and the Taco Man ran away.

A dragon named Chubs came along and flew Ollie across the river and almost all the way to the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Ollie met a man named Ryan, who tried to help him but got them lost at the Grand Canyon. Then Ollie got hungry, and Ryan tried to shoot him a bird. He accidentally hit Chubs instead. When making his way toward Chubs, Ryan accidentally pushed Ollie off the Grand Canyon.

The Taco Man came with his magic car and saved Ollie! They flew across the Grand Canyon.

After Ollie got across, he ran into a cactus. After that, Chubs was feeling better, so he flew over. But he accidentally sneezed and burned the Taco Man.

Because of that sneeze, it also made an earthquake. A bunch of rocks fell down.

Ollie hurried to the mall, got a Batman costume, and returned. Chubs flew around and saw a weird-looking cave in the desert. He found something shining on top of the cave but couldn’t reach it.

Chubs flew Ollie to the cave. He found his family in a cage. Ollie gave Mr. Quackers a cookie that made him good. Then he found a key and freed his family. Then he did some breakdancing.

When Ollie and his family came back home, they had a breakdancing battle. After that, they got hungry and celebrated with tacos from the Taco Man.

Get That Catnip! (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 18, 2017: Session 2

One day, there was a cat named Worky, who just woke up from his cat nap. When he woke up, he started to stretch. Then a vase broke, and he clumsily jumped up.

Worky’s owner, Gandalf, magically poofed a bag of catnip to the top of the stairs. Worky was pretty hungry, so he smelled it right away.

“Yum,” thought Worky.

He decided to go for it as Gandalf walked back into his bedroom to sleep.

Worky trotted through the kitchen to the base of the stairs. He tiredly tried to make it to the first step but tripped over his own feet.

After a few tries, he collapsed in a heap at the base of the stairs. Gandalf peeked out of his room for a second and encouraged Worky to move on. So Worky tried again, only he scented something… something strange.

All of a sudden, Worky looked up the stairs and saw Polo the Polar Bear. The cat said, frightened, “W-w-what are you doing here?” Then he gulped.

Polo just kept setting up cat traps with an evil grin on his face, as Worky’s stomach grumbled.

Polo suddenly grabbed the cat and put him in a cat trap. Worky got away and tried to go upstairs. He fell down the stairs and into a gate.

Just as Worky thought nothing could get worse, it did. Callie, the young grey tabby cat, bounded in front of him and playfully started batting at Worky. But a shadow fell over Callie’s pelt. Polo, with his jaws wide open, stood behind Callie.

Worky hissed, making Callie turn around. Worky nudged Callie up the stairs.

Despite Worky saving her life, Callie began to feast on the pot of catnip, licking her lips.

Worky hurried up the stairs. He got one step away from the top of the stairs. He could see the catnip and got so excited that he tripped on the last stair and fell all the way back down.

Worky wouldn’t give up. He was still very, very hungry.

Sweet Pea, a friendly bird, saw that Worky was in trouble. He flew into the house and found an open sardine can because the family just got back from a fabulous fishing trip and had leftover food. He flew over and gave it to Worky.

Worky was pleased and gobbled it up. He got super energized!

He snuck under Polo and climbed up the railing, very happy that he might get the catnip. He jumped off the railing and accidentally scratched and kicked Callie. She leapt onto the carpet and ate all the catnip.

Worky suddenly woke up. He stretched and felt hungry. It was all just a very weird dream.

He looked up the stairs. Sitting at the top was a shiny bowl full of catnip, guarded by a polar bear… a stuffed polar bear.

Worky lazily walked up the stairs to get the catnip.

The Tiger with No Stripes (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 18, 2017: Session 1

One day, Mr. Pickles the Tiger was busy cleaning his yard. He thought that he was liked by everyone because he was little, kind, and funny. He was wrong.

As Mr. Pickles finished up his yard, a blur zoomed past. Mr. Pickles looked down at his body and saw nothing but orange. Mr. Pickles covered his body and ran inside. He felt so embarrassed.

He surely didn’t want to be embarrassed, so he decided to put on a coat to cover him up. After that, he went to his neighbor, Mrs. Ladybug, and asked if she saw a person with black stripes in a bag. But she said she didn’t see anyone. It was a very mysterious mystery.

Now that he knew his stripes were gone, Mr. Pickles had to try to find them. After all he was having his driver’s license picture taken the next day!

He guessed that the criminal stripe harvester, Mr. Stripes, had taken them to his secret lair.

Mr. Pickles got bullied by a really annoying but smart monkey named Bob Carlson. That made Mr. Pickles feel sad, so he wasn’t looking where he was going. He fell into a stinky drain. The sewer managers found him there and took him to the zoo.

There, he found a map to Mr. Stripes’ secret lair under a rock in his cage.

Mr. Pickles was very hungry and was looking for food. A cheetah started talking to him, and they got into a fight. The cheetah got so mad that he broke Mr. Pickles’ leg. When Mr. Pickles started limping away, he found food right in front of him.

When he finished eating, the zoo-goers made fun of him because he was stripeless. Mr. Pickles was so embarrassed that he was walking with his head down. Then he tripped and broke his arm. But he didn’t give up. He wanted his stripes back!

The cheetah felt bad for fighting Mr. Pickles and told him where the stripe harvester lived: on Hippo Island, a remote place.

A rhino broke the gate open and saved Mr. Pickles and the cheetah.

Mr. Pickles used the map to find the lair. He found a piece of paper on the ground. It had the password to get inside. Mr. Pickles entered the lair. When he was looking for his stripes, he found a needle and a vacuum. He poked a hole in the vacuum and got his stripes back!

After that, he threw a party. Then, the next day, he got his new license.

The police found Mr. Stripes and arrested him.

As for Mr. Pickles, he had made more friends on his adventure, and he became popular.

The Homeless Dog (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 17, 2017: Session 3

Brent was a German Shepard. He woke up, every day, cold and scared. Every day, he stared at the humans passing by. He always whined but never barked. He stared at them with his big eyes, thinking it might work.

Looking at his skinny self, he could be snatched any second of any day. “I’m so tired and weak,” thought the homeless dog. “I have all sorts of gray styles of colors on me.”

He sat inside a scratched up small box. The box was so torn up that it began to break at points of time. Some people just stared at the dog. The smaller humans were always trying to hug, pick up, and ask to keep Brent.

But Brent didn’t like the bigger humans as much. They took away the smaller ones and said, “He’s no good.”

All Brent wanted was a nice home, where a family would love him.

Brent was sitting on the sidewalk, in his box, waiting for food. He really needed a home, and he just wanted to be safe.

“I have decided to be adopted,” Brent said to himself.

Brent jumped from the box and started following people, looking adorable. It didn’t work.

One week later, Brent was walking around on a cold, cloudy day. All of a sudden, Bob the Squirrel jumped out of a tree and bit Brent. The dog started spitting out foam. When the people saw him still spitting out foam, not even the smaller humans wanted him!

Bob climbed a tree and dropped nuts on all the passing people who came to see Brent. While all the people were distracted by Bob, the Animal Patrol came for Brent.

Brent ran from the officer and hid in an old outhouse.

Kevin the Cat and his army of hairless cats entered the outhouse. Brent didn’t know what to do. Then, out of nowhere, Kevin and his army pushed Brent down the toilet!

They laughed and were about to pull him back up and push him in again. But they started screaming in pain. Chucky the Mouse was biting their feet.

They ran away, screaming.

Brent jumped out of the toilet and started running away. He arrived at a restaurant, and a waiter came out and yelled at him to get away, while throwing garbage bags at him.

Brent tripped off the curb and landed on his back two legs wrong. He broke them. Still, he crawled away from the angry waiter. Brent heard a radio playing “I’m a Loser” from inside the restaurant.

He also heard the voice in his head say, “Give up.” Brent shivered while he was in pain. He wanted to give up.

Later on, Brent heard on the radio that dogs were needed for assistants for the elderly. He crawled down the street with new pride. He saw a guy feeling around for a door. Brent barked and pushed the door open.

A girl with long, dark hair looked down at him from the doorway. “You smell,” she said.

Brent felt bad and started to crawl out the door. He went back to his box.

He saw someone coming. She looked at him in the box and gave him food. Then she picked him up and took him to the vet. She decided to keep him and adopt him. Brent learned that her name was Princess.

Finally, Brent moved into his new home: Princess’s palace! He was so happy to have love, shelter, and food. He also had squirrel servants.

One day, he got into the pantry and made a huge mess. All the squirrels had to clean it up.

A few weeks later, Bob the Squirrel refused to clean up a mess, so Brent called Kevin the Cat and asked him to come and eat Bob. It took a while, but finally Kevin managed.

The Football Dancer (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 17, 2017: Session 2

Once upon a time, there was a football player named Tyler. People thought he was funny, crazy (in a good way), and kind. Tyler was playing in a football game.

After the game, Tyler took his sister, Karly, to ballet. He watched her, and he had a thought. “What if I could be a ballerina, too?”

He thought about the idea until the next football practice. He spotted the football. He went in for the run, and he could no longer hold it back. He stepped on his left foot and leapt over the white center line, like a ballerina.

His teammates shouted with a mocking laugh, “Go join the ballet, and get out of football!”

Tyler took off his helmet and shouted back, “I will!” He grabbed his things and headed home.

Early the next morning, instead of going to football practice, he went and tried out for ballet. Tyler walked in at the same time that Bill, the instructor, was leaping in the air. Bill crashed to the ground because of the loud door swing.

Bill walked up to Tyler and slapped him.

Tyler tried to impress Bill by leaping, but he slammed into the ground because he was not flexible.

Another football player, Jace, was in the room and got very jealous of Tyler. He decided to kill Tyler, so he could be in the spotlight.

Around town, people started teasing Tyler because he wanted to be a ballerina. His friends were making him do the silent treatment for a week. But Tyler thought he could be anything he wanted, no matter what his gender.

Jace secretly killed Bill and pretended to be Dr. Cat. He hit Tyler in the knee cap and hurt it really bad. It swelled up.

During a game, Tyler was sprinting toward the touchdown zone when Jace put a banana peel on the field. Tyler slipped. Little did he know he broke his nose. Then his sister, Karly, got mad at him because he made a huge scene and embarrassed her.

When Tyler went in for his checkup, Dr. Cat told him that he couldn’t dance because he was terrible—and he was a boy.

On his way back home, he noticed a glowing bush. He found a magic potion there and used it to heal his injuries. Jace forgot to put his wig on, so Tyler found out that Jace was Dr. Cat!

Jace hurried home in Dr. Cat’s uniform. His mom realized he was never a doctor. She grounded him for a week. Then she figured out that Jace was killing people. She called the police, and he went to jail.

Meanwhile, Tyler started to do some disco dancing and worked his way up to be a ballerina, which was his dream job ever since he took his sister to ballet practice.

A traveling circus came to town, and Tyler joined as a ballerina. There, he met the coach tightrope walker, Diana. She was stunning and perfect in every way!

After seven months together, Tyler popped the question. “Will you marry me?”

“Yes!” Diana said.

One day, Tyler was accepted into the Professional Ballerina League. He became rich, and they lived happily ever after with their baby, Sarah.

The Dancing Superhero (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Young Authors/Young Artists Conference in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

May 17, 2017: Session 1

One day, the dancing superhero Cha Cha and his girlfriend, Flo, were watching a movie that Cha Cha had made. There was a song in the middle of the movie, and they started dancing together.

All of a sudden, in the middle of the song, the TV turned off. Cha Cha went to see the cables for the TV, and nothing was wrong.

The computer alarmed Cha Cha about the villain named Virus. “Alert! Alert!”

Cha Cha worried because his power came from the internet, but the internet wasn’t working. Virus had shut it down! Cha Cha could no longer make videos on YouTube. He couldn’t finish watching the movie. Worst of all, he couldn’t tweet!

He knew it was Virus, so he went to his Robot Mobile and went to find Virus. Cha Cha was searching until he finally found the villain on top of the New York Times Theater.

Cha Cha shot a bomb at Virus but missed him. Instead, he bombed a ship with Flo on it. It was also the ship he was going to ride to catch Virus.

All hope was lost for Cha Cha, but he realized that he was a hero, and people loved the internet.

Flo was already freaked out because she couldn’t be on TV. A chunk of the ship hit her, and she fell into the water. She couldn’t swim, so she drowned.

Cha Cha didn’t have time to be sad. He got into a plane and chased Virus.

The villain took over Russia and then bombed the U.S. Cha Cha couldn’t fly the plane all the way to Russia. He needed help. So he brought Flo back to life, and she became his superhero partner, Bionic.

Cha Cha flew a plane again, but all of a sudden, the plane crashed into the ocean.

As Cha Cha sank to the bottom, Flo flew down to the bottom, grabbed Cha Cha, and brought him to Russia to defeat the villain, Virus.

When they got there, it was too late. But then Tango Taco showed up and started shooting spicy tacos out. That distracted Virus, and Cha Cha punched him into space.

Tango Taco flew a helicopter into space and blew up the villain.

Cha Cha went to his house and celebrated with mini tacos. Cha Cha and Flo finished the movie. Then Cha Cha made a dance video. The video went viral.

Flo officially became a superhero and was very strong.

After five years, they got married. At the wedding, it rained tacos. Then they lived happily ever after.

The Mosquito-Zapping Football Player (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Northwest Service Cooperative’s Young Authors Conference in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

March 9, 2017: Session 3

One day, McFly the Bug Zapper was zapping mosquitoes, which he hated, and he was talking to some friendly flies.

McFly went and sat down on the couch to watch football. Suddenly, he got inspired to play because his dad played football. He wanted to be popular and to be the first bug zapper ever to play.

He got into his self-driving bug-zapping mobile and went to try out for the football team. On the way, his tire popped on a thorn, so he had to roll the rest of the way.

When he was at tryouts, the evil football players started throwing footballs at him, making him fall over. The coach said he didn’t make the team because he was clumsy and couldn’t catch the football. But McFly asked to try out again, and the coach said yes.

All of the football players were mean to McFly. All that they did was throw mosquitoes at him, but they only did that to throw him off.

The next day, he found out that the football players were actually mosquitoes. McFly didn’t give up, even though they sabotaged his equipment. Then, the football players threatened to accuse him of murder.

Things got worse for McFly. During a game, they started using him as a football. He didn’t want to give up or quit, though.

The next football practice, he set up traps. The traps were hidden in the outlets where the mosquitoes plugged in their phones. After practice, McFly lured them into his trap. Then they were all electrocuted when they plugged in their phones. The mosquitoes were exterminated.

McFly got called to court. He was sent to jail, but he was glad because there was a football team. He joined and became the quarterback. He won three games and was so excited to play football, even in jail.

McFly no longer had to spend an arm and a leg on food. There were no more mosquitoes to hassle him in jail because he killed them all. But eventually he got bailed out of jail and was the first bug zapper to be a professional football star in history.

He later became a stay-at-home star with little baby flies all over the house.

 

From Kangaroo to Flying Squirrel (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the Northwest Service Cooperative’s Young Authors Conference in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

March 9, 2017: Session 2

Jeff the Kangaroo was taking a nap, dreaming about flying squirrels. He was dreaming about flying squirrels because he wanted to be one—even though everyone liked him because he was hoppy, friendly, and funny.

When he woke up, he went for a walk. He spotted a flying squirrel in a parking lot and instantly wanted to fly like that squirrel. He decided he would find a way to become one.

Jeff went to the local science lab. He spoke with a scientist, and the scientist told him where the flying squirrel DNA was.

After Jeff found the DNA, he met Pablo the Squirrel. Pablo stole the DNA from him, and Jeff didn’t notice it was gone for a while. When he figured it out, Jeff knew that he had to get that DNA back again.

To make things worse, the evil water pipe punched Jeff in the face, knocking Jeff out. While he was out cold, Pablo dragged him to the parking lot. There, the evil rock guarded him.

When Jeff woke up, he saw from far away that the science lab burst into flames, and he watched Pablo fly away. But Jeff still would not give up.

Jeff’s friend Elsa the Squirrel came to help him, but the rock attacked her. Even after that, things that were terrible kept happening. A flying sausage poisoned him, and he learned that he had cancer in his leg. All of that bad news made him want to fly even more.

There was even more bad news. Jeff heard that is best friend, Billy Mays, was dead. Jeff was extremely depressed. His best bud had died because Pablo the evil, evil, crippling squirrel was a murderer.

Despite being overly shaken, Jeff was not ready to give up hope. He still had a dream, and that dream was to fly—fly way up high into the sky.

He would do it. He would become a squirrel. It didn’t matter what happened next. He would fly.

Jeff became a ninja, so he could get revenge on his enemies: Pablo the Squirrel, the evil water pipe, and the rock.

He found Pablo and pushed him down. He got the flying squirrel DNA back from him and went into the science lab truck to inject himself with the DNA. It worked! Jeff became a flying squirrel.

Jeff used his flying ninja skills to defeat his enemies. When they were all in jail, he went flying with his friends.