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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young Readers League Art Contest 2018: Age 12-14

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Age 12-14 Category First Place Camille Echeverri Age 14, California School of the Arts Untitled Pen, ink, watercolor; 9 x 12 inches Beautiful. Great composition and details, color and control, use of the various mediums. It’s clean, imaginative, interesting, creative, and humorous. The traveler is ready for a new journey […]

“A New Beginning” by Isaac Rishwain

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Isaac Rishwain Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “A New Beginning”   Gabriel reminiscences about his hometown as he leaves for a new life in the U.S. In a land, promised to bring something magnificent, beyond […]