TROLLOLO By Sharlene, age 9, Khenny, age 10 & Tai, age 11
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LITTLE BOY By Sharlene, age 10, Daniel, age 9 & Tai, age 11
FIREWORKS By Sharlene, age 10 & Tai, age 11
THE BETRAYAL By Tai, age 10
ICE CREAM By Tai, age 10
Now I am ten and I want to sleep
but I need to wash the dishes and my family’s clothes.
In the future I want to drive an ice cream truck.
If people don’t buy my ice creams I will get to eat them all!
If I don’t make any money I will just sleep in my truck.
When I am fifty I’ll be sad because I will be old and not young
and children will be able to jump and play,
but not me.
I will just want to be a cloud
and go wherever the wind takes me.
About the Author
My name is Tai. I am ten years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom and dad. If I could choose any super power, I would choose the power of invisibility because I want to be able to sleep anytime without anyone seeing me. I want to be good at cutting paper someday. I am also the author of Hill of the Dead, Todd and Ben, and Because They Smell.
BECAUSE THEY SMELL By Brandon & Tai, both age 9
What he wears:
his sister’s Hello Kitty shoes,
because he can’t find his.
What he plays with:
jump ropes and fire.
What he drinks:
7-up and Mentos.
What he makes:
guns, in case someone breaks in,
tables, to eat off of,
Pillow Pets, to sleep on,
and bowls and cups to eat out of.
What he hates:
gum, because it sticks to his hair,
because they smell.
Where he goes:
to bed on the roof of his car
because he likes the cold and the stars,
where he orders Happy Meals.
He gives the food to a homeless person and keeps the toys.
His favorite is Darth Vader
because he can choke people with his mind.
What he does not do:
Smoke in the shower,
because of the water,
and swim in the ocean,
because the sharks don’t like him anymore.
About the Authors
My name is Tai and I am nine years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom and dad. I like to sleep. When I grow up I want to be a sleeper. I want to let scientists do experiments on my brain so they can learn the future from my dreams. I am good a soccer when I am playing defense. I am also the author of Todd & Ben and The Hill of the Dead.
Hi, my name is Brandon. I am nine years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom, dad, sister and brother. My favorite thing to do in the Laundromat is to let my brother push me around in the carts. I am also the author of Trip to Vietnam, Beef Jerky and Shadow Cliffs.
HILL OF THE DEAD By Tai, age 9
Jim’s dad was a magic man but he was gone because a car crashed into him. Jim wanted to do magic but his dad never taught him. Jim started to cry. He lived in an alley and slept in a box. A boy said, “Why are you crying?”
“Because I do not have a mom and dad.”
“Do not cry,” said the boy. “My name is Fox and I am like you. I have no mom and dad.”
“Watch out!” Jim said. “There’s X-Boy. One time he gave me a bloody nose.”
X-boy said, “Jim, I’m going to tell you something. I will hit you with a bat.”
“Let’s run,” Fox said.
Fox and Jim ran fast. X-boy could not catch them.
“Let’s hide in the grass,” Jim said.
“When I find you,” X-boy said, “I will hit you with a pizza and with a bat.”
“Go away X-Boy,” Fox said.
“Let’s get food,” Jim said.
“How?” Fox said.
“We can steal it.”
“No we can’t.”
“Yes we can. We can take the bus.”
The bus stopped but they did not have money. They tried to get on.
“Get out,” said the bus driver. “You need to pay.”
“We need food,” Fox said.
“Help me clean the bus and I will give you food,” the bus driver said.
Ok,” said Fox and Jim. “When?”
“Now, I don’t have any passengers.”
Jim and Fox started to clean the bus with mops. Under a seat Jim saw a book. “What is this book?”
“Don’t open that book,” the driver said. “It will give you magic if you read the words right.”
“But I want magic!” Jim said.
“Then open it.”
Jim tried to open the book. It was stuck.
“You need to say the magic word,” the driver said. “The wizard in the sky has the magic word. You have to get it from him.” The bus driver handed them two plane tickets. “Use these to take a plane to the sky.”
They got on the plane. The plane took off. Jim and Fox saw X-Boy. He was hiding in someone’s suitcase and jumped out of the overhead compartment. Jim and Fox ran as fast as they could.
“No running in the plane,” the flight attendant said.
“I found you kids,” X-Boy said. “Now go back to your side.”
Jim and Fox went back to their seats. X-Boy tried to hit them. Jim and Fox started to run again and found a place to hide. X-Boy could not find them.
Jim and Fox looked out the window. The Sky Wizard slept on a cloud. They broke the window with their suitcase. They jumped through the window and landed on some grass. They climbed the Hill of the Dead. They climbed for twenty-four hours without rest. At the very top of the mountain, they saw an old man with white hair and white clothes. He said, “Do you boys want the magic word?”
“Okay,” said Jim.
“I will tell you after you give me some M&Ms.”
Jim and Fox hiked down from the mountain. “We have no money,” Fox said.
They went into Walgreens and asked a man there for money. The man gave them some and they bought the M&Ms and went back up the mountain. They gave the M&Ms to the wizard.
“The magic word is mountain,” the wizard said.
Jim and Fox bounced down the mountain and went to the bus driver. They found him at a pizza shop, buying pizza at the counter. Jim and Fox ran up to him. “Mountain,” they said.
The bus driver took the magic book out of his bag and opened it. Yellow light floated from the book into Jim’s mouth and he said, “Magic, come out.” He pointed at a chair and the chair moved. “Thank you,” Jim said.
About the Author
My name is Tai. I am nine years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom and dad. I like to eat hotdogs. I am good at building toys out of paper. Some day I want to win a lot of eating contests. I will be famous for eating pizzas. I drink a lot of water. I would like to be a robot because robots don’t get bloody noses. My favorite author is Dr. Seuss and my favorite book is Hop on Pop. It is easy to read. If I could have any super power, I would choose the power to freeze people. If I could go back in time, I would go to the year 2010 because that year I ate a really good cupcake. I am also the author of Todd and Ben.
TODD & BEN By Tai, age 8
The smell of frog spread through the class. All the kids knew it came from Todd. Todd was fat and big. He sounded loud. The teacher told the kids, “You need to do your spelling words.”
Todd did not do his own work. He copied from Ben and Ben copied from Todd. Ben told the teacher about the copying. The teacher said, “The two of you will sit down five minutes after school.”
The bell rang. All the kids went home except for Todd and Ben. Todd tried to hit Ben but missed.
“You’re cuckoo,” Ben said then ran away.
Todd started to cry. His cheeks turned red.
The teacher said, “Todd now you have to stay twenty minutes and Ben, you need to go.”
About the Author
My name is Tai. I am eight years old. I live in San Francisco with my mom and dad. I like to play with a ball with my dad. I am good at math and jumping. I want to get better at making jokes. I want to be a clown when I grow up. Sometimes my friend calls me mean and this confuses me because I think I am nice. If I were an animal I would be a bear because bears are big and eat a lot of fish. I wish I had a pet dog.