The First Thanksgiving




The First Thanksgiving 
by
Caylyn Colburn
(age 8)

Long ago, a group of people called the Pilgrims travelled from Holland on a ship called the Mayflower. The ship sailed across the ocean. 

For awhile the trip was nice and smooth, but all of the sudden a terrible storm came up. The ship tossed back and forth for days. Then as suddenly as it had begun it stopped. The Pilgrims we're thankful to God. So they kept on sailing. 

Finally, they saw land. They rejoiced happily. 

Then the captain came up to them. "This is Cape Cod", he said. Later, a group of men went off exploring for a place to live. 

A few weeks later, they returned! They had found a good place! Soon, they started off toward their new home! Soon they had built a town. They called it Plymouth. 

One day, an Indian walked into Plymouth. His name was Samoset. Another day he brought Squanto. Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn. The harvest God gave them was so plentiful that the Pilgrims decided to have a holiday of Thanksgiving. This feast lasted for 3 days!

The end. 



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123 Count with Me


123 Count with Me
by
Caylyn Colburn
(age 8)


1 2 3 I love counting
O what fun it is to count
O please count with me
O please learn with me

4 5 6 Oh what fun 
7 8 9 only one more number to go
Can you guess?
TEN


(written for the Polliwog Writing Challenge)

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News in the Bayside West Neigborhood


News in the Bayside West Neighborhood
by
Sena Carlson
(age 11)


Bayside West is an exciting and interesting place! The small neighborhood in Owls Head, Maine, has raccoons, foxes, mountain lions, turkeys, and other similar animals.

One day, about ten years ago, Nichole Harvey, one of the neighborhood's residents, was walking with her sister on Bayside West Street and saw something that looked very much like a cougar at her neighbor, Jimmy Haul's, house. Nichole immediately grabbed her sister, Heather, who was very small at that time, and walked as fast as she could, cutting through another neighbor's yard and running home the rest of the way to tell her mother. This is only one of the strange, rare sightings of mountain lions or cougars. Owls Head also has turkeys. These animals are very common and love to go on the resident's lawns. There will probably be many more rare sightings and discoveries in this small neighborhood.

Years ago, one of the residents in the Bayside West neighborhood would secretly put a plastic Easter egg filled with big jelly beans on each neighbor's lawns every Easter morning. Then the lady moved away. Oddly, though, the jelly beans kept on coming! The residents of that neighborhood to this day do not know who puts those mysterious jelly beans on their lawns every Easter morning.

(Assignment for Lesson 18 - News Reporting) 

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Lab Rat - Parts Seven and Eight

LAB RAT
by
Elias Cooper
(age 11)


Chapter 7
Jaden Goes Wild

He screamed so loud that Caleb and Jasper stopped in shock long enough to be taken out be Electra and Windwhip. Then Jaden jumped at Frankenstein. Both of his fists were blazing with fire. His shoved one fist up Frankenstein’s left nostril and sent the other in a roundhouse punch crashing into the big guy’s right cheek. 

Frankenstein bellowed and threw Jaden off. But it was too late. The surprise and shock were so great that the world’s latest version of the Incredible Hulk fell all the way down the Empire State Building. He crashed in such fury that there was a tiny earth quake. 

Jaden  expelled the fire from his hands in an aimed shot at Electra. He guided the fire with his mind so that it dodged her desperate attacks of lightning. The flames rammed into her just as she made a weak electric shield. The force pushed her off the edge. Jaden’s whole body burst aflame and he shot the different fireballs in different directions. He guided them all with his mind, sending seven fire balls smashing into Drone. 

The human robot landed on the building to rest, only to be enveloped in a circle of fire. He ran wildly through the flames, heating up his metal body.But in his wild run, he was not looking and fell off the building. 

Victoria tried to move the fire bolts with her mind, but Jaden too many under his control. He sent many streaks of flame into Victoria. She crumpled to the ground. 

Alpha  had gotten his wolves up the building. But Jaden made a ring of fire so big that the wolves retreated. Alpha turned into a six foot long wolf, and commanded that the wolves return. But Jaden singed all the wolves with red hot fire and the beastly dogs ran away for good. 

Wolf Alpha shrugged and launched himself at Jaden. But Flaming Fire punched him in the nose. Alpha himself ran after his wolves. Then Terra shot mud, dirt, rocks, and plants at Jaden, but he deflected them all and punched Terra the old style way. She too, was taken out. 

Windwhip melted into the air but Jaden made a blazing fireball that heated up the air so much she came back out, gasping with pain and sweating from the heat. She retreated in the wind again, but this time leaving the battle. The only one left was Valor. He took one look at the fireball in Jaden’s hands and took a step backwards. “This isn’t over, you brat! Fire Thug!” he snarled. 

“Fire Thug my foot!” Jaden called after Valor’s rapidly retreating figure. 

Jasper stirred from his unconsciousness. Caleb was still out cold. Jasper took one look around and said, “What’d I miss?” Jaden laughed so hard that he almost threw up. “A lot.”

Chapter 8: 
We Still Got Work To Do

The next day the newspaper headlines said U.S.H DEFEATED! GIANT SUPERHERO BATTLE! A SUPER-VILLAIN GIRL FOUND IN BUILDING!

The papers said that Maya got medical treatment but was in prison. No one knew how she survived Frankenstein’s attack.

“We have to break Maya out of jail!” Jaden said urgently.

“I know.” said Jasper.


“Yep,” said Caleb. “We still got work to do.”

 (to be continued in the next book)



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Max




MAX
by
Sena Carlson
(age 10)


 Max was mostly a good boy, especially for a nine-year-old. He never talked back to his mother or father, never threw fits, and never bothered his two annoying sisters: Anita, age twelve, and Mary, who was only six months old. This could get pretty hard at times, especially when it came to Anita. Anita wanted everything to go her own way, and wouldn't speak if it didn't. She was constantly bossing Max around, and even though Max got so mad at her that he wanted to hit her, he never did.

     Even when his dog, Ruby, chewed up his brand-new book, Earagon by his favorite author , Christopher Taolini  all he did was make an apology to his grandmother, who had bought it for him, and go on with his life. Eventually, a couple of years later, he got the same exact book, but it was not brand-new; it was bought from a house from an ad in the newspaper. (This was because there were no more copies of that exact book in stores.)

     One night, when Max was eleven years old, he had a seizure. He'd had them before when he was two or three, but everybody thought that was over now. This was serious. He happened to be finishing his book, Earagon. He had such a bad seizure that his whole body stiffened up. He was holding the book so hard, that, somehow, just somehow, a sliver of his body slipped into the edge of the book's hard cover.

     Suddenly, he was swimming in... green slime? "Yuck!" he thought. He seemed to be in a new world, an absolutely amazing world. Suddenly, he dropped onto something very hard. He focused on adjusting his eyes in the thick fog. Suddenly, he saw an eerie shadow- of what? A dinosaur? As it came closer, it became clear. It was a dragon! Max's feet couldn't move as he watched the dragon coming closer. It was nine feet tall with fiery red nostrils and teeth. Oh, such horrible teeth! Just like in the story... 


(to be continued)


(Assignment for Lesson #12 - Climax) 





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My 10th Birthday


My 10th Birthday
by
Sena Carlson
(age 11)

I remember my 10th birthday. It was probably one of my favorite ones. The day started with breakfast out with Dad. On special occasions, he'll take me out on a "Daddy-date" to my favorite place, the Owls Head General Store. Dad always gets eggs and bacon with hash browns, and I always get a warm blueberry muffin with butter. (and sometimes two eggs with it. Mmm! It is delicious! On that special day, Dad got me a steaming hot chocolate.

      When we arrived home, I got ready to go out with my sister-in-law, Darcie, and her daughter, Shiina. We went to Darcie's friend's house who was an experienced stylist. She dyed Shiina's hair a radiant blue, and straightened mine so that it was soft and wavy. The whole tiring process took about two hours. After that, we went to KFC, and Shiina and I ordered the same thing- except Shiina didn't have applesauce and I didn't have gravy. When we arrived home again, Shiina stayed at my house and played with me until supper time. Just before supper, though, my dad took us to Lowe's. When we got home, we had fish. (Ugh, not my favorite!) Then we watched, the "Twilight Zone". 

At six o'clock, the guests started arriving. (It was just family.) My presents were LOTS and LOTS and LOTS doll clothes, nail polish, a new brush for my straightened hair, chap stick, and probably one of the greatest presents of all, Darcie's beautiful fake white Christmas tree! (My birthday is in November, so Christmas was coming up.) After presents we had my favorite cake of all, Boston Crème Pie cake! All in all, it was an awesome birthday- but the best was yet to come. 

The next Saturday, Emma and Shiina, my two best friends, went to the MRC to go ice skating with me. After we had skated for about three hours, we went to Hannaford to pick up my mini Frozen cake. (At the time I had loved the movie Frozen.) At home, we played with my American girl dolls and the new clothes I had got for them. Then, we dressed up (I was Queen Pa Deme from Star Wars) and had a tea party. Shiina scooped the cold, yummy mint chocolate chip ice cream, Emma served the steaming tea, and I cut the beautiful cake. After, we played some more and cleaned up my room. Then, we had my favorite meal, hot, steaming, spaghetti- with garlic bread!

        After that, we bundled up and went to the Festival of Lights. The parade was so colorful! It was right next to Planet Toys Store, so we went in and looked around. Shiina even bought glow sticks for us to use that night! After we got home, we played outside with my brother and his best friend, Joel. (Joel was spending the night, too.) Finally, we went inside because Emma got snow down her back. Then, we took our showers and snuggled into our sleeping bags on the living room floor. Then, we watched the new movie, "Cinderella", while finishing up our ice cream. All in all, it was an AWESOME birthday!


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Lab Rat (Part Six)



LAB RAT
by
Elias Cooper 
(age 11)


Chapter 6: The Tri-War

NEW SUPER-VILLAIN GANG RUNS INTO NEW YORK! the newspaper headlines screamed. “At least they’ve got one thing right.” grumbled Jasper as he put on his super suit. Caleb, Maya, and Jaden were doing the same. “You guys ready?” Jasper inquired.

“You betcha.” Jaden said.

“You know the plan--skydive bomb ‘em and make battle and beat them. Got it?” Jasper ran through instructions one more time.

“Sure thing, slugger.” Caleb saluted. Maya snickered.

“Let’s go to war.” Jaden cracked his knuckles at the end of his statement. Everyone laughed.

The four of them crouched on the Empire State Building. They watched the cars race back in forth along the streets below. They were in the middle of a giant thunderstorm. They were all soaked to the bone. “We’ve been here three hours! When’ll they come?” complained Jaden for the thousandth time. 

Caleb was fed up with it. “Just shut up!” he snarled. 

“You shut up first!” Jaden snarled back. 

“Both of you shut up!” Maya snarled. “All of you  shut your mouths all ready! They’ll hear you a mile away!”

Jasper snarled at everybody. They had all started snarling at each other when…. 

“Were you planning to ambush us? Ha!” A bolt of lightning struck the lightning rod on the Empire State Building. A blonde girl about fifteen materialized out of it. 

“You must be Electra.” Maya said dryly.

 “You got that right!” Electra smiled proudly. “But enough of the Hero/Villain banter. Let’s fight!” 

The building shook. A fifteen foot black Hulk with blue hair and nostrils the size of rice cookers leapt onto the building. “Hey guys!” he said in a rumbling voice. He had a creepy smile. Howls filled the air. A boy around Electra’s age with brown hair sat on the steps of the State Building. Literally a hundred wolves prowled around him. 

“Bro, it’s Alpha!” Jaden said. 

A black haired, Chinese girl appeared out of a strong gust of wind. 

“Windwhip!” Jasper muttered.

A red-headed girl jumped up on to the building from a geyser of mud. “It’s Terra, you guys!” Maya called out 

Frankenstein made the first move. He swung a giant fist at Jasper, who ducked. Soon the air was filled with blasted of fire, electricity, sonic booms, howls of wolves, and squeaks of rats. Then Victoria came out of nowhere and slammed into Frankenstein, and tried to throw him off the building telepathically. Frankenstein held firm. He picked up a dazed Victoria and threw her to kingdom come. Then missiles, bullets, exploding cannon balls, and energy blasts filled the air. A flying robot speeded toward them. Drone had made his first appearance. Then Valor came in and punched Caleb in the face.  But then...Maya was shooting at Drone, and the sounds of battle were so loud that she couldn’t hear Frankenstein lumbering up behind her. Frankenstein punched her so hard that she flew one thousand yards and smashed threw a window.


Then Jaden screamed.


(to be continued)


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