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 […]

“Syria to Europe” by Anni Guo

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Anni Guo Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Syria to Europe”   Two young refugees seek a safe haven.   “I’m scared. Where’s Mommy?” Nasir asked. “Shh! She’ll be right back.” Fatima, an eleven year old […]

“No Looking Back” by Olivia Barrios

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Olivia Barrios Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “No Looking Back”   The narrator and her Mami escape to California. I take one last look inside the house, take a deep breath, then close the door […]

“Trapped” by Amber Elias

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Amber Elias Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Trapped”   I had always thought that there was no other way. That I would stay in this dull, repetitive loop until I died. But something happened that […]

“Who Reads the Waterfall on the Other Side” by Hannah Cahalan

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Hannah Cahalan Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Who Reads The Waterfall On The Other Side”   The mage stared at the waterfall as it glinted in the sun The water rushing down as it filled […]

“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 […]