A Surprising School Trip — a story by Leah Bacigalupi

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 1st place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “A Surprising School Trip” by Leah Bacigalupi Age 12   Summary:  Harper discovers a startling detail about her family.   Harper Rakosi was sitting on the bus begrudgingly. She hated field trips, especially this one. […]

to be free — a story by Chloe Daily

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 2nd place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “to be free” by Chloe Daily Age 12   Summary:  A slave wishes to be free.   my name is araminta ross. i’m the master’s slave. my mama is harriet ross. my papa benjamen ross. […]

Family is Everything — a story by Jordan Fleischman

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest 3rd place (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “Ang pamilya ay lahat (Family is Everything)” by Jordan Fleischman Age 12   Summary:  The narrator explains her own hidden history.   “Kumusta po kayo. Ako si Jordan.” “Como esta. Me llamo Jordan.” This is […]

The Soldier — a story by Samuel Smookler

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “The Soldier” by Samuel Smookler Age 12   Summary:  The narrator discover some important history about his grandfather.   It’s 2006 and it’s been two months since my grandpa died from Alzhimer’s. I didn’t cry […]

The Great Molasses Flood — a story by Sierra Ng

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “The Great Molasses Flood” by Sierra Ng Age 12   Summary:  Josie learns about the Great Molasses Flood.   Not many people know about the Great Molasses Flood in Boston. Josie didn’t. But when Josie found […]

A House Full of History — a story by Raahi Pearce

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “A House Full of History” by Raahi Pearce Age 12   Summary:  Geoffrey uncovers some of his house’s stories.   Geoffrey Harrison Johnfield lived in a three story house by himself. The reason he could […]

Hidden History Contest Winners

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Hidden History” Writing and Art Contests. This year, youth ages 8-14 who live or attend school in Pasadena were challenged to put their own spin on a piece of history. All artwork and stories were inspired by characters or moments from past […]

Revolutionary Love — a story by Emma Rispin

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Young Readers League 2019 “Hidden History” Writing Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: ages 12-14)   “Revolutionary Love” by Emma Rispin Age 12   Summary:  Amidst a war, a frightful night, and an unknowable future.   I awoke to the frantic sounds of my father’s footsteps. I jumped from my bed […]

“What Do You Fight For?” by Madison Comick

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1st Place “What do you Fight For?” by  Madison Comick, age 15   Alina clutched the paper between her hands. It had the typed question from her supervisor, Iris, but no answer. She’d been staring at the question for a week now- “What do you fight for? What are we […]

“The Kind Cycle” by Ava Slocum

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2nd Place “The Promise” by Ava Slocum, age 15   On the last day of fourth grade, Ally’s teacher gave each of them a blank sheet of paper. “Write your name at the top and pass it to the person to your right. For each paper you get, write something […]