GRANDMA By Khenny, age 10

Her brown eyes shimmer
and blink in the sun.
Her gum, 
a tuft of blue 
between her teeth.
Her hand waves at me.
Rows of red, blue and yellow flowers float across her dress. 
She smells like apples.
She lives in Laos.
In her garden
grey water drips onto her carrots from the hose.
Her black hair twirls in the wind when she walks home
and her shoes clack on grenade-colored cement.

OWL NIGHT By Khenny, age 8

Time is the owl who lives in a tree. Time’s friend Eye-lo wanders under his tree. Eye-lo is a another owl who wears a red shirt. The sun bounces off Eye-lo’s feathers.
Time’s dad flies to the branch and perches next to Time. Time says to Eye-lo, “Do you want to see my Dad’s sword?  When I grow up I want to be a knight like my Dad. My Dad is here.”  
“Hello, kid. Did you see my sword?”
“It’s here in your tree trunk,” says Time. 
“Oh I forgot to tell you that you have to take my place in the play because I am tired.”
Time says, “I am going to dress up like a clown.”  
The play is starting. The bad owl is ready to fight. Clown says the war is starting. Time’s hands move his father’s sword. He points it at Eye-lo’s heart but he doesn’t want to hurt his friend. He only wants to show how strong he is. Eye-lo and Time do not finish the play. They leave the theater and the audience thinks it’s part of the play. Eye-lo and Time do not return. Instead they go to get pizza. 
Time’s dad flies to the pizza place and eats pizza too. “How was the play?” he says.
Eye-lo tells him they didn’t finish it.
“That’s ok. It’s smart not to fight.”
About the Author
My name is Khenny. I live in San Francisco with my mom and sister. I am eight years old. I like to sleep on my couch. My favorite books are the Pokemon books. I want to be an artist when I grow up. I am also the author of Time to Die and The Dragon’s Adventure.

TIME TO DIE By Khenny, age 8 & Andrew, age 9

Shirt walks into Green’s Coffee Shop. He points to the menu. It says, One Lifetime $1. “What is that?”

“It is a lifetime,” the worker says.

“I can buy a lifetime?” Shirt says.


Four people come into the coffee shop and buy lifetimes.

“I am going to kill myself,” Shirt says. “So I need a new lifetime too.”


Shirt thinks about what happened at work yesterday. A girl in purple tights was reaching for a Pinky Panda doll. When she pulled it off the shelf, the robots stacked beside it fell to the floor. Shirt summersaulted down the aisle. “What are you doing?” he said.

The girl cried and Rax ran over to the mess. “Can I have a bear?” he said.

“Ok,” Shirt said. “But don’t tell my boss.” He picked up a Pinky Panda doll and handed it to Rax and he walked out the door with the doll.

Shirt’s boss found out and fired him.

“Why don’t you just not kill yourself?” the worker says. “Then you won’t have to buy one.”

“Because I’m about to do something bad.”

Shirt goes to Rax’s house and sets it on fire. Rax escapes. He does not get burned up.

Shirt goes to his friend Marcus’ house. He gives him one hundred dollars and asks him to pay Rax to promise not to bother him. Marcus takes Shirt’s money and says ok.

Rax goes to Target and buys a zombie costume. Rax puts on the costume. He sneaks into Marcus’ house while he is in the shower and steals the money.

Shirt can’t get rid of Rax so he moves away. “Where should I work?” Shirt says to himself.

“Did someone say work?” says a voice behind Shirt.

“Yes,” Shirt says, and turns around. The voice belongs to a fat man with a big mustache.

“My name is Sock,” the man says. “Why don’t you work in my pizza restaurant?”

“That would be great!” Shirt says.

A year later Shirt has a wife and a house and two kids. One day while he is working someone dressed in a zombie costume comes up to him and says, “Hands up or I will kill you.”

“Shoot me,” Shirt says. “I bought an extra lifetime, so it doesn’t matter.”

Sock sees what is happening. He gets out a bat and hits the zombie in the head.

About the Authors

My name is Khenny. I live in San Francisco with my mom and my sister. I am eight years old. I like to play with my friend and my sister. When I grow up I want to be an artist. If I could go back in time I would like to see my mom when she was eight years old because I want to see if she was a good student. My favorite book is The Cat and the Hat because it is fun to play with a cat. I am good at making toys out of bottle tops and erasers and tape because my mom will not buy me toys like this. I am also the author of The Dragon’s Adventure. At home I speak Lao and English. I was born in Laos and I moved to San Francisco when I was little.

My name is Andrew. I live in San Francisco with my brother and my three sisters and my mom, and sometimes I live with my dad. I am nine years old. I have a dog named Pancho, and my favorite book is A Dog on His Own. I’m scared of clowns because of their eyes. They are supposed to make me happy but when they look at me I feel like they are trying to make me die. What I hate most is when people bug me. I am good at making my brother say mercy. I am also the author of The Ice Monster’s Anger, Lion Hunt, John and the Snake and My Dog Poncho


The dragon wants a powerful diamond that belongs to the Dog People. The dragon wants the diamond because if you find it and say, “Zabra,” you will disappear. The Dog people keep the diamond in a dark cave. It is frozen inside an ice crystal.

The Dog People guard all the food. If the Dragon could turn invisible he would be able to sneak past the guards and eat. The dragon walks up to the cave. The Dog People say, “This is our diamond.” They stomp their feet on the ground and scare the dragon with a stick.

The dragon goes home.

When it is nighttime, the dragon flies back to the cave. He blows fire at the dark. He breaks the ice with his claws.

“Zabra,” the dragon says.

The Dog People check the cave. The diamond is gone. The dragon is invisible. He is eating the Dog People’s chicken and grapes.

About the Author

My name is Khenny. I live in San Francisco with my mom and my sister. I am eight years old. I like to play zombies and I am good at running. I want to be an artist when I grow up. My favorite books are the Pokemon books because I like to see all the animals and creatures in those books. If I could ask everyone I know one question I would ask, “What is your favorite book?” The Dragon’s Adventure is my first published book.