Emily, Age 9 West Sand Lake Elementary

Once there was a little girl named Layla.  Her friends and family call her Layla. On one sunny morning, Layla felt strange when she came down the stairs to eat something.  But, before she started to head downstairs, she heard yelling from her parents. Aron came out of his room and listened with her. After hearing footsteps, their parents stopped the argument.   “Kids, come out and eat!” said their dad. “Okay, Dad,” they said anxiously. “Why were you yelling?” asked Layla to her father. “Oh, you heard that?” asked her dad. They nodded. “Well, we were trying to figure out where to go when we move,” said her mom. Her mom flipped a pancake.  Layla was very surprised by that reaction. “What?!” she asked nervously.   She ran upstairs to her room and cried in her pillow.  Then, Aron knocked on the door. “Knock, knock,” he said.  “Come out of your room.” “Go away!” Layla yelled. “Not until you say ‘who’s there?’” “Okay, who’s there?” “Banana.” “Banana who?” “Knock, knock.” “Who’s their?” “Orange.”

“Orange who?” “Orange you glad that I did not say banana?” They both laughed and then sighed in sadness. They got ready for school.  But, as they were leaving, so did their dog, Bella.  Layla ran after her until she ran into the woods. Bella stopped.  She came back scared, so Layla made friends with her in the forest.  But, they were stuck in the forest until they arrived home. To her family’s surprise, she came in to the house and they agreed to never let Bella leave the house.

Rebecca, Age 9 West Sand Lake Elementary

Once upon a time there was a dragon named Aqua. She was as blue as the sea unlike any other dragon. But she had a problem, all the other dragons including her family thought she was weird.  They were all either red, orange or yellow. They were fierce and violent. Aqua was shy, a vegetarian, and enjoyed reading. One day her sister, Tiger called out, “Hurry up, weirdo! We’re having shark for dinner!” “Ummmm...okay?” replied Aqua in a soft voice. But secretly insider her head she was thinking, “Uggh! I’m sick of fish and meat! Why can’t we have salad!?!” After a very disgusting dinner, Aqua headed to her sand burrow.

Shortly after, she fell asleep to the sound of rain. It was a long and stormy night. While she was sleeping, her sisters Thorn and Tiger were coming up with a horrible plan. “What should we do?” sneered Thorn. “Well we could throw here into the sea. She can’t swim remember?” growled Tiger in response. All of a sudden Aqua woke up by the sound of the waves crashing in the sea. “Yawn! What time is it?” Aqua said in a tired voice. Tiger and Thorn quickly ran off their own sand burrows on the sandy beach. Luckily Aqua knew when something weird was going on. She scrambled back into her burrow and found an old leather bag. She stuffed some fruit, bread and some cheese inside and started off on her journey. She had no ideas where she was going, but she knew she had to get as far away as possible from the beach. She also didn’t know what they were planning but she knew it had to be pretty bad. After about three hours, Aqua stopped to have some mango strilps with guacamole for a snack. Then something whizzed past her in the sky. It was a griffin! Aqua knew from story books that they were half eagle half lion. But this one was different! It was half cat and half butterfly. “Hi,” said the cat butterfly shyly. “May name’s Trinket. What’s yours?” Then Aqua responded, “ Aqua’s my name. I ran away, and I don’t have any idea where I am!” Trinket said excitedly, “Welcome to the land of Unique! Where anyone or anything is welcome! If you would like to stay just follow me, and I’ll show you where you’ll be staying!” There Aqua lived for the rest of her life.

Logan, Age 9 West Sand Lake Elementary

Super Jack is a market eating a granola bar talking to his neighbor in the rain. In the afternoon in Michigan he likes to listen to music and wear his headphones all the time. He likes to eat apples, granola bars, and other types of fruit. He favorite colors are yellow, red, and blue. He likes to dance. He is smart. Prizes make him happy. When something goes missing he becomes worried. He tries to make people happy when they are sad. He is scared of carnivores. He likes to play outside a lot when it is 70 – 81 degrees. He is good and athletic at sports. But then the neighbor turned into a monster overnight. The next morning he was destroying the city. After he destroyed the city a lot of people were hurt. He starts to destroy the second city because there were five cities he started to destroy. In the second city he hurt many more people because the city gets bigger and bigger. There were many seriously hurt people. Many had to go to the hospital. Only eleven people not hurt. They were screaming, “ Help! Help!’’ Super Jack heard them and he tried to fly as fast as he could. But by the time Super Jack got there the monster was at the fifth city because he already destroyed the fourth city. Super Jack helped many people that were injured. There were over 2,000 people. Their doctors were hurt and so was the nurse. So Super Jack was by himself. But he still did it. That’s why his name is Super Jack. It’s because he is super and his real name is Jack. Twenty minutes after Super Jack arrived good thing he made it because the monster just started destroying the fifth city. But Super Jack was there in time to stop him from destroying the city. The monster used his poisonous spit to hit Super Jack but he dodges the hit. Then Super Jack took his spit and he used his laser eyes to hit the monster. Then the monster got mad and used his laser eye but Super Jack used his laser eyes. Then both of their moves hit together. They both got hit but Super Jack stood up brave and said, “ This isn’t the right thing to do. You are destroying our city.’’ The monster said, “ Sorry I didn’t mean that. I’m controlled by the rain.’’ Them the rain stopped and the monster started to change back to normal. But Super Jack and the neighbor were both hurt. Luckily, they found a nurse. After that they were happily neighbors again.