“The Ghost Story” — story by Christopher Souza

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14) The Ghost Story by Christopher Souza Age 12 (Grade 6) Blair Middle School   It was a dark and gloomy night and the wind howled like hunting wolves. Out of nowhere, a bolt of lightning hit one of […]

“Horror Houses” — story by Raela Jayasekara

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14) Horror Houses by Raela Jayasekara Age 12 (Grade 7) Blair Middle School   “I must have been eleven when I saw a ghost. We had just moved into a new house. I ran up the stairs to the […]

“The Selfie” — story by Penelope Burian

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14) The Selfie by Penelope Burian Age 13 (Grade 7) Blair Middle School   ‘‘It was a dark and stormy night, just like how most ghost stories start,” Kate began. “We’re seriously doing this? Ghost stories are super childish!” […]

“Girl on Fire” — story by Amelia Monsour

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Young Readers League 2016 Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) 1st place Girl on Fire by Amelia Monsour 12 years old (Grade 7) Sierra Madre Middle School     The circus master, Eduard, buttoned up his red coat, and prepared to enter the circus ring, where flying children, super strong men, and conjurers awaited. One person […]

“By the Light of the Fire” — story by Teresa Fundter

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Young Readers League 2016 Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) 2nd place By the Light of the Fire by Teresa Fundter 14 years old (Grade 9) La Canada High School The air was laced with smoke and ash, sirens wailing. The towering tent belonging to the circus now lay on the ground in ashes, […]

“Wonder” — story by Asher Follett

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Young Readers League 2016 Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) 3rd place Wonder by Asher Follett 14 years old (Grade 9) La Canada High School       Everyone knows that the Infinite Circus is the best in the world. Performer hopefuls travel thousands of miles and sit through hours of grueling auditions only to […]

“The Gift of Poise” — story by Elliott Negrin

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Young Readers League 2016 Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) Honorable Mention The Gift of Poise by Elliot Negrin 14 years old (Grade 8) La Canada High School     It wasn’t the vibrant colors or musical sounds that first caught my attention, but the sense of whimsy, that brought my attention to Dame Bellefontaine’s […]

“What My Name Means to Me” by Maren Arther

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Young Readers League “What’s in a Name” Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) 1st place

“My Name and Its Value” by Julieta Grane

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Young Readers League “What’s in a Name” Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) 2nd place

“Baby Kate” by Kaitlyn Chiu

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Young Readers League “What’s in a Name” Writing Contest Category 2 (Age 12-14) 3rd place