Trouble in Horseland by Madeline & Elaine, both age 11

Boom! Crash! A bolt of whitish-yellow light zapped the Earth. It looked like a lightning bolt, but bigger. Sarah and Amy started to float in the air. They saw a golden horse and hopped on to it.
“Hi!” said Sarah.

“Hi!” said The Golden horse. “What are your names? My name is Golden.”

“I’m Sarah,” said Sarah. “And this is Amy. She doesn’t speak that much, so I’ll speak for her.”

“Hey! Who said I don’t speak so often?” said Amy.

“Well, you don’t.”

“Wait a minute I don’t.”

“Stop arguing!” said Golden. “All this arguing is going to my head. And I need is to take you two to Horseland, which is on a cloud so you can beat the mean wizard, Kevin. He has puffy orange eyebrows and has an evil laugh. His teeth stick out and he does a little finger thing with his fingers. Kevin tried to kill our leader Red Ruby. Kevin raised his sword and cut Red Ruby’s back. Then he sprinkled sleeping powder on me. I fainted before she defeated him so I don’t know what happened. But no one likes to talk about it because he killed over half the horses and burnt our houses. We took two decades to rebuild the houses and three decades to restore the horses lives.”

“Why us?” said Sarah.

“Because you are the chosen ones,” said Golden.

“But why are we the chosen ones?” said Sarah.

“Because you floated up here from Earth,” said Golden. “Long ago a really nice witch put a spell on Earth. She said two humans would come and destroy the evil wizard with a sword. The sword would be magical to humans, and only humans. There’s a special shelf in Ruby’s cave. On it is the magical sword, a shield that the people can summon up, and a pink and blue magic flower. The last time the sword was sent out, it didn’t work because it was in my friend, Silver’s hoof. Don’t let Kevin get his hands on the sword. He will destroy every human being on Horseland and Earth. He will take over the world. He’s an evil mastermind. The Ruler is afraid the horses will steal the sword. She thinks they cannot always be trusted. Red Ruby the Ruler will drop the sword when the time is right. And then we can go up to Kevin and stab him.”

“Ok,” Sarah and Amy both said.

“Jinx,” both of them yelled.

“I jinxed you,” said Sarah.

“No I jinxed you,” said Amy.

“Cut that out you two,” said another horse who just showed up.

“Hi! Silver,” said Golden, turning to Sarah and Amy. “This was the friend I was talking about.”

“Hi! Golden,” said Silver. “One of you, get on to my back.”

“Alright,” said Amy.

They raced off to Horseland and saw the wizard Kevin standing under the sign that said WELCOME TO HORSELAND. He was looking into his crystal ball.

Kevin turned around and waved his wand into the air and he said, “ria niht ot ni meht hsinaV.”

The girls and the horses jumped behind the tree.

“Em hctac t’nac uoy,” Kevin said.

“Yes we can,” Golden said.

“t’nac uoy on,” said Kevin.

“Yes we can,” said Silver. Sarah and Amy hopped on to Silver and Sarah hopped on to Golden.

“Tuo emoc llab erif gib,” said Kevin. The four friends caught a big shield that fell out of the sky. The shield had a picture of Red Ruby, the ruler of Horseland on it. They used it to block the fireball that Kevin sent out.

“Stesut u onop se.” Silver knew a little of Kevin’s language.

The magic flower dropped a few seeds on some dirt in Horseland. It grew and grew. It popped right in front of Sarah. She grabbed it and handed it to Amy. Amy ripped a petal off and put it on top of Silver. The flower’s magic made Silver fly faster. She put one on Golden too. A sword fell from the sky.

Sarah caught it. “Go up to Kevin,” she bellowed to the horses, “so I can destroy him with the magical wand.”

Kevin heard her and said, “Em ot emoc drows cigam drows cigam!”

The magic in the wand hit Golden. Golden and Sarah dropped down to the ground. Luckily, Amy had one petal left so she ripped it off and dropped it. Before Golden fell to her death, the petal landed in her mouth and she ate it. The magic saved her life.

Meanwhile, above Horseland Kevin said, “Eid ll’ouy drows eht tuothiw.”

Just then Sarah and Golden floated back up.

“You will pay for this,” said Golden. “You’re selfish, You tried to kill us.” She flew up to Kevin and tried to stab him.

“Nwod gniog er’voy?” said Kevin. He reached for the sword and Golden ducked. Sarah quickly stabbed him.

Red Ruby thanked Sarah and Amy and gave them the magic items. Kevin sank down to Earth. He made a big splash in the Pacific Ocean. He wasn’t dead. The sun made the ocean sparkle and it restored Kevin’s life but his magic was gone.
“I need to go home for dinner now and Amy does too,” said Sarah.

“You can come here whenever you want. Just yell the words, Golden, Silver, Red Ruby, Horseland, we’re coming,” said Golden and Silver.

“And take these,” said Golden.

“What are they?” said Sarah.

“They are special pills that make you fly,” said Golden.

About the Authors

Hi! My name is Madeline! This is my fourth published book. I’m also the author of Things I don’t Believe in Anymore, Sorry and I Hate My Life with you. My favorite animals are penguins. I live with my mom, dad, and sister in San Francisco. I want to travel to different places. I like collecting Little Pet Shop toys.

Hi! My name is Elaine. My favorite animals are tigers. This is my first published book.