ARROWS By Tai, age 12 & Daniel, age 10

By Tai  Luu & 
Daniel Briseno
Three people 
arrows at me.
Only one way out. 
I ran across the deck
and jumped 
over the rails 
into the ocean
A triangle 
sliced through the surface
I tried to pull my gun 
from my pocket.
But I was too slow. 
I was dead.
I was reborn
at the edge of 
a pit. 
I looked down.
through the dirt. 

LITTLE BOY By Sharlene, age 10, Daniel, age 9 & Tai, age 11

Little Boy deals cards 
under my feet.
Little Boy full of cuckoo,
Little Boy full of talking,
Little Boy full of yellow,
Full of I don’t know.
Don’t care.
Little Boy full of pockets,
Full of apples,
Full of butter.
He got a stomachache and
his gut split into pieces.
One heads toward the sky,
One heads north,
Another to the middle of the earth:
1. Ocean
2. Zoo
3. Jungle
4. Space
Full of cuckoo,
Little Boy
Draws four jokers.

THE BETRAYAL By Tai, age 10

Kenny goes to KFC and smells potato tenders. It reminds him of his dad because his dad got a heart attack from eating too many of them and died. A guy comes with a gun and he says, “Give me all your money or I will kill you.” 
  A cop sees him and says, “Hands up, robber!”  
The robber shoots at the cop but misses then the cop shoots the robber’s mask and his mask falls off: it is Jake. He just got fired from his job and became a robber so he could get money. 
The cop shoots at him again and misses. Jake runs away.
The next day the cops go to Jake’s house and knock on the door, but no one answers. The cops break the door down then Jake shoots at the cops. All but one cop dies. One is still alive and he tries to call the other cops. But Jake shoots him in the head.
The next day Jake goes to buy plane tickets with his hood on and puts an AK 47 in his suitcase then he walks down the sidewalk, but he does not see and he bumps into Kenny and his hood falls off. Kenny sees Jake and Jake runs away. Kenny picks up the suitcase and opens it. He sees Jake’s phone and uses it to call the cops and says, “I saw Jake go somewhere.” When Kenny is done talking, Jake comes back to find his suitcase and he says, “Give me back my suitcase or I will kill you.” 
Kenny says, “Jake, why are you doing this?” 
“Shut up,” says Jake, then he pulls a pistol out of his pocket and says, “Hands up!”
  Kenny screams and cries and says, “Don’t kill me. I just want to live a peaceful life with my mom.”
Jake says, “Give me my suitcase back and don’t call the cops” 
Kenny tells Jake, “I already called the cops.” 
“What!!?” Jake says. “Now I am going kill you.” 
“Please don’t kill me. “
“How about when the cops come I will say, ‘it’s just a mistake’?”
“Fine!” says Jake. 
“Now you better say that and give me my suitcase back.” 
When the cops come Kenny tells them it is a mistake.
The next day Kenny goes to KFC but when he gets to the door Jake pushes Kenny to the back of the restaurant and says, “I am going to kill you once and for all.”
Kenny says, “We made a deal.”
“I don’t care,” Jake says. “I can’t let any people know about our deal. Now I will let you say your last word then you die.”
Kenny says, “Please don’t kill me.” Then he starts crying. 
        “Bye by,” says Jake. He pulls out a pistol and tries to shoot Kenny, but misses, then he runs back to his house and turns on his TV. He turns it to channel 44 and he sees Jake trying to escape from the cops on the TV. 
Kenny’s mom says, “Is that Jake?” 
Someone knocks on the door and Kenny opens it. He sees two guys in black suits. 
“You are under arrest,” one of the men says. 
Kenny says, “Why am I under arrest?” 
“I saw you talk to Jake. You made a deal with him.” 
The building manager bumps into the two men and says, “Sorry.” He turns to Kenny’s mom.  “You need to pay the rent.”
  Kenny’s mom says, “I don’t have that much money. Can I come back in one week?”
“Fine,” says the manager. “Only one week.”
  One of the men says, “We need to take your son.” 
Kenny’s mom says, “Please don’t take my son.” 
“Sorry, but this is my job, so bye.” 
Kenny’s mom begs him to let her son come back but they walk away. When they get to the police station, one of the men says to Kenny, “Now we will take you to jail.”
Jake is also locked up in jail. Kenny runs over to him and punches him in the face. 
About the Author
My name is Tai, I am ten years old and I live in San Francisco with my mom and dad. I like to stay home so I can watch anime. I am good at dunking at basketball. I want to be good at kick the ball high some day. I am different than other kids because I watch more anime than them. If I were weather I would be lighting so I could shock lazy people. I would like to be famous for creating a cool video game. One thing I wonder is why are we here on earth. If I could have any super power I would want the power to turn into an animal because I want to see what it is like to be an animal. If I could go forward in time I would go to the year 2090 because I want to see how old I will look. I speak Vietnamese at home. I am also the Author of Todd and Ben, Hill Of The Dead, Ice Cream and Because They Smell.         

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.
Just kidding!
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:
Scooby-doo t-shirts,
saggy pants,
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,
and girls,
because they smell.

Where he goes:
to bed on the roof of his car
because he likes the cold and the stars,
every day,
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.