“Lavender Rose and the Magic Circus” — story by Tabitha Foster

Young Readers League 2016 Writing Contest

Category 1 (Age 8-11)

Honorable Mention

Lavender Rose and the Magic Circus

by Tabitha Foster
11 years old (Grade 6)
Immaculate Heart Middle School


Once upon a time there was a girl called Lavender Rose, who was, how should I put it, very special. You may find this very hard to believe, but Lavender Rose could fly. Her parents failed to see the advantage of this gift and kept her locked up in a basement, embarrassed about what the neighbors might think.

One day her father saw a poster for a travelling circus coming to town. It was looking for new acts, and was prepared to pay top dollar for the right one. “Ka-ching,” thought Lavender Rose’s dad, and decided to sell his only daughter to the circus.

At first Lavender Rose hated the idea, but upon arrival at the circus she changed her mind. Like her, everyone had a magic power, but none of them could fly. When the circus manager discovered Lavender Rose’s talent he got very excited.

“You’ll be famous,” he cried. “People the world over will pay to see you.” Lavender Rose’s father coughed. “Ah, yes,” the circus manager said, and handed him a sack of money.

A solitary tear rolled down Lavender Rose’s cheek as she watched her father drag the sack away. Yes. He was a terrible father, but he was still her father. She was sad for about for about five minutes until it suddenly dawned on her. She was finally free. Not only free, she was going to be famous!

The next morning she was up at 6 am to rehearse and that night she put on a sparkling purple leotard and performed for the first time, zooming in circles high above the audience below. When she heard the round of applause as her feet touched the ground, she smiled from ear to ear. At least she was accepted for who she was, and always would be.

Contest info:

Tell us something about a new character joining a magical circus. What is their special ability? How did they come to join the circus?

Special thanks to our judges:  Allison Hill (Vromans), Nick Smith (Pasadena Library), Shauna Redmond (Pasadena Library), Tiffany Duenas (Pasadena Library), Jean Penn (Pasadena Library)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library

To view more stories from the contest, view the list:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2016/yrlcontest

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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