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The Seven Stars
By Brooke, age 14, Chiddix Junior High School, Bloomington IL,
A long time ago in a far off place, about 25 light years away,
was a beautiful town. It was filled with all kinds of flowers and
lights. It was the perfect place. Nothing ever went wrong, nothing.
Until one day a evil emporor decided to put a spell on the town
to see how perfect the place was. So, the emperor said that he will
take the spell off when the town collected the seven stars. The
town council knew that anyone who tried to get the seven stars never
came back alive. So the town figured that it would be a good idea
to find out what will happen to the town if they did not get the
The emperor said, "Everyone in the town will starve to death. Nobody
So the cousil said that they needed to find the smartest person
in the town, a machanic and some strong people. So the council found
Jammi Kert, one of the smartest people in the whole town. The town
also found Karl Paterson, a carpenter and a mechanic. They also
found the biggest body builders in town, Juan and Juanita Charz.
The group was willing to save the town and after a week of training
they set off for a two day journey to the cave where the seven stars
lay. The group did not seem to be afraid, but everyone knew that
they were. When they finally got there, the cave seemed empty and
they did not know where to start. So they started to look around.
They kept looking and looking and they seemed to not find anything.
Jammi started to get a little dizzy, so she sat down and when she
did a big tunnel showed up.
The group was so astonished that they did not know what to do.
So they decided that they should explore it. They walked in and
found some stairs. The cave was dark and damp and very scary. So
the crew decided to walk down the stairs. They went a long way down.
When they finlly got to the bottom, they went explore the place.
After a while they found an inscription on the wall. It said: "If
you are looking for the seven stars, you are in luck for they are
still here. To get them you must answer seven questions. If you
miss one, you will die. If you get them all right, you will get
the seven stars. Good luck."
So the group went to the first puzzle. It said: If E is 5 then
what is A? Not one person knew this so they thought real hard. Finally,
Jammi thought of something. he said" E is the 5th letter in the
alphabet and A is the first, so the answer must be one."
They placed the number in the box and the outcome was that the
answer was correct. Everyone was so relieved but they knew that
it was not over yet. So the group went on. The next question said
that they needed to use a piece of wood, some straw and some string
to make a cleaning device. So the group thought and thought and
finaly. Karl came up with the idea that they should make a broom.
So they took the straw and wrapped it in string and then stuck the
wood in the straw in tight and they had a broom. They presented
the broom to the big object and it accepted it.
So the group went to the next object, and then the next and the
next. Finally they came to the last two puzzles. The first one said
that someone needed to wrestle an alligator. Juan was a professional
at this stuff and so he said that he would do it. So he went in
the rink and he saw the alligator and he started to wrestle it.
The alligator was strong, but Juan was stronger. After an hour of
action, the alligator gave up and Juan won.
Then they were ready for the last puzzle. This one was really hard.
It said that they had to do hand to hand combat with some of the
strongest warriors that lived. The group was very worried. The only
people that know haw to fight were Juan and Juanita. So the group
got a little worried. When the warriors come out, the team got really
So they went out there and tried their best. Juan and Juanita killed
three worriors really quick. Jammi and Karl took a long time but
with the help of the rest of the team, they won. So they got to
the Seven Stars and they packed them in a bag and left for the town.
Ever since this happened, no evil ever came to the town again.
By Laura, age 14, Normal, IL, USA
There once was a young girl named Katie Klevins who lived in a
small town somewhere in Indiana. This was one of those small towns
where everyone knew everyone. She lived with er family on a farm.
She had a little sister named Jenny, who Katie found very annoying.
Now for Katie everything was boring and unexciting. She went to
a small public middle school and she had many friends.
One hot and humid summer day Katie decided that to get away from
Jenny she would take a walk to the small pond about a half a mile
form her house. On her journey of cutting thought the woods to get
to the pond she passed a weird looking tree. Now normally, Katie
wouldn't have thought much of it except this tree really caught
her attention. It was tall and wide. It looked very old and worn.
near the base of the tree there was a large dark hole.
She looked at this hole for along time, trying to see if there was
anything in it. All she saw was black. Then suddenly she a faint
whisper. It was coming from the hole. "Hello? Is anybody in there?"
she called with her heavy Indiana accent. There was no answer. Then
again she heard the mumbling of the soft whisper. She thought to
herself what it could be. There it was again. Except this time it
sounded like a whole bunch of people whispering.
She slowly stuck her head inside the hole to see what was making
that sound. When she stuck her head in, she saw no one. But she
did see that the hole was fairly deep. She was so curious that she
stuck her head out and put her feet in. Katie was going to go inside
She jumped in. There she was standing all alone in the midst of
darkness. Suddenly a bright light was shining all around her. Katie
began to shake. Then, out of the shadows a girl appeared. When they
saw each other they both screamed. "Who are you?!" they both asked
at the same time.
"I'm Cynthia Klevins. I'm from th-the thirty-third century. Who
are you?" she asked shaking with fear.
"Wait! klevins? That's my last name, but I'm from the twentieth
century. I'm Katie."
By Amanda, age 14, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois,
Weeeeeee! The siren wailed. I was getting my things together as
fast as I could. The siren meant that we should take cover because
of the war. We aren't part of the war. I live in a permanently neutral
country. So Ibet you're wondering why we have to take cover. My
country is an island country between the United States and Guavacole
(another island country). They aren't at war with my country, but
those two are at war. We have to take cover in case they miss one
Our society is perfect. We cannot be involved in any war, we have
lots and lots of money and we also are very advanced in technology.
There is one problem though, we cannot have any contact with any
forign countries. That's what causes war. So that's part of why
we are so rich, because if we have no one to borrow or lend money
to, we can never be in debt.
Our schools are also very different than those of the United States.
We have school at night time. From 3:00pm to midnight. Then we go
to school and everything repeats itself. We have Saturday and Sunday
off. Anyway, we usually don't get much homework, because since we
don't interact with other countries we don't have to learn world
studies. However, I think that we should because what if something
happens? Ya know what I mean? Anything can happen.
~Three Months Later~
I didn't want to come to school today but my mom made me. I didn't
feel good because the news said that the war could possibly be getting
worse. We didn't even know. We still don't know for sure because
we can't talk w/ other countries. My parents are getting a little
annoyed by this because we don't know if we are going to die from
this stupid war. I could die within the........oh my gosh! Oh my
gosh! e have been bombed. My mom and dad are screaming at me to
get my things together and head to the bomb shelter. As i prayed
to God, I told Him I wished that nobody would be hurt and we could
start learning world history.
~The Next Day~
My mom and dad said we are moving. I am so excited. I will finally
get to learn something interesting. I am the most advanced in my
town for my age. I'm 13 by the way. We are moving because the United
States Air Force shot down alien space craft and killed 3 people
and injured 10. I have a question though. Where are we going to
go? Our country promised we wouldn't interfere with the other countries.
We are going to take out plane and fly to a nice country from the
sky. I am so happy!
We are in the plane flying to the new place we will live. We have
our stuff with us, but we couldn't take everything like our cute
little puppies Sophie and Katelyn. We have flown around the world
now and we are heading home for more fuel. Then we are going to
I wonder if there is any life on Mars. I could have some really
cool new friends.
~A Couple of Days Later~
We just moved in. It is really weird here. There aren't any neighbors
around for 359 miles. They measure everything here in the metric
system. It will be hard to get used to. Well I have to unpack now.
As far as I know, there aren't any Martians in our sector. They
call them sectors here, not neighborhoods.
~One Week Later~
I am so scared. A Martian named Zlechy said if we didn't leave,
or become Martian kind. He said we would pay. I ran outside and
I told him that I wanted to become part of the Martian kind. I cannot
bring any of my things with me. I will get new things in the ceremony.
I have mixed feelings, but it is for the best. My Martian name is
By Shawn, age 13, Normal, IL, USA
It all started a long time ago in a very strange place. There
lived a boy named Anthony with these very strange powers. Anthony
seemed normal but what many people didn't know was that he had the
ability to make things seem something their not. It all started
when Tony as he liked to be called was a young boy.
When he was born a man came to him and told him "you will be possessed
with a magical power beyond you wildest dreams, the power of mind
control!" Anthony didn't really believe the man, he even thought
he was crazy until one day Tony was playing outside and his mother
called to him "Tony come in and wash up for supper."
Tony didn't like this at all and thought to himself how great
it would be if he could only spend another half hour outside. Much
to his surprise his mother called again and said "Tony why don't
you play for a half hour longer." Tony didn't know if it was just
him or if she just changed her mind, so he decided to investigate
The next day he went to school and tried this power on everyone,
and on everyone it worked. He was having so much fun with this,
he wasn't getting any homework, he had all the lunch money he wanted,
even the clothes he wanted he got. Until one day Tony had been using
his mind control, as always, and he wished he could fly as high
as the birds he had seen that day.
What Tony didn't know is that his powers were much more than mind
control, he could get anything he wished for. So out of no where
and eagle swooped down and picked up Tony, right from the ground.
As the eagle was flying it dropped Tony and he fell ever so fast.
Tony, too busy thinking of what was going to happen, didn't wish
for anything to save him so he just kept falling. Till this day
Tony hasn't been seen again, many people don't know about what happened
to Tony on that school day. Many never knew where he went so it
still lies unsolved.
How Many Moons?
By Jill, age 14, Normal, IL, USA
On a hot summer night, the moon had shown brightly. I on the other
hand was not too bright. I went outside for a bit of fresh air.
When I got outside I saw that the moon looked like it was getting
smaller in size.
Once I looked closely I saw that the moon was not getting smaller,
but something was going over it. It appeared to be something out
of the ordinary, something I had never seen before. I decided to
take the next flight to the moon to see what the problem was.
I got to the moon launch and everyone was there. I figured I would
never get in, but I stood my ground and soon enough was on the second
flight. I was so nervous to get there because, like everyone else
I wanted to know what was going on.
A few light years later we arrived. I came to discover an unusual
looking spacecraft. It looked like it was trying to take over the
moon because it kept trying to get in front of the moon. But with
all of the computer science in out moon now days the moon kept pushing
the craft away.
Most people were amazed when they saw this sight. They tried helping
the moon by throwing everything at the spacecraft. Not budging,
the spacecraft kept trying to get in front of the moon.
Soon a new rocket was landing. This was one with only police, firefighters,
and mission control was aboard. They had everything they could carry
with them. They were here to try and stop or contact the craft to
see why it was here.
They soon sat everything up on the moon. Their plan was to find
out why the spacecraft was on the moon. When they finally got back
a message from the craft it told them all they wanted was the moon.
By this time it meant it wanted to be the moon.
We set up a compromise with it. We told it that it could be another
moon so nothing could be harmed. After a long while the craft agreed.
So now you know how the world got two moons. Some say we are lucky,
others say we just didn't want any problems. Even though we have
two moons, they are both making our earth more beautiful than ever.
By Jessica, age 14, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal,
On the Rainbow Land of Utopia, a beautiful unicorn,
named Princess, was grazing one day. She was white, with a rainbow
colored tailand mane. Her horn was an iredescent color, and it glowed
at night. One day in this beautiful valley, a stranger appeared.
The stranger was smaller than Princess, but was smaller than Princess,
but was stronger than she was. Princess knew what she had to do.
She had to do an act of bravery before she could live alone. Princess
was going to take on this stranger. What the stranger didn't know
was that Princess had magical powers. No one knew who the stranger
was. Only one unicorn caught a glimpse of it. One dark and gloomy
day, Princess saw the stranger. It was a catdog. She challenged
them to a fight. She knew she could win, so she told her friends
to stay home. The fight began and the catdog struck first. After
5 minutes of fighting Princess used her powers. Her powers were
to strong for the catdog. So the catdog exploded. All the unicorns
from her society came and thanked her for saving them. Flower (Princess'
mom) told Princess what catdog was doing to their society, and was
happy Princess saved them. Princess grew up to live on her own.
She became a hero several more times. She had a long and happy life.
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