Check out the short stories that were submitted as part of the Teen Creative Writing Series this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Irresistible Jeopardy by Akshay J.
Four friends discover their own special powers after an explosion in a local mall.
Meteor National Park by Saarah A.
A photographer becomes part of an unsolved mystery while visiting a national park.
The Day I Joined the Lab by Ashish P.
Two freshman students learn the benefits of a college education while working in a science lab.
The Earthquake by Sofia A.
After surviving an earthquake, a family learns what is truly important in life.
The Hipperdoodles by Anurag B.
A humorous look at how aliens discover the Earth and human kindness.
The Not So Sane Chronicles by Chirag B.
From his vantage point in a mental hospital, a patient with multiple personalities makes plans to rescue Earth from the hands of the so-called sane people who are destroying it.
It's the dog days of summer and you may feel like reading, but nothing too taxing. Short stories collections are a good choice.
Full dark, no stars [large print] by Stephen King
Summer brides [large print] by Susan Wiggs, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Mallery
Coronado [large print]: stories by Dennis Lehane
Some days you get the bear [large print] by Lawrence Block
Amos Walker: the complete story collection by Loren D. Estleman
The lost tiki palaces of Detroit: stories by Michael Zadoorian
Sweetwater, storms, and spirits: stories of the Great Lakes by selected and edited by Victoria Brehm
The Third coast, contemporary Michigan fiction by edited by James Tipton and Robert E. Wegner
Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels
Everything begins and ends at the Kentucky Club by stories by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Salt, sugar, fat: how the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss
The sisters brothers [sound recording] by Patrick Dewitt
The Confessions of Al Capone by Loren D. Estleman
The school of essential ingredients [sound recording] by Erica Bauermeister
The blue room [sound recording] by Madeleine Peyroux
The autistic brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Fatherhood: and other stories by Thomas H. Cook
The burning edge by Rick Mofina
Mystery Writers of America presents vengeance by edited by Lee Child
The darkening field by William Ryan
Ghoul interrupted by Victoria Laurie
Chapter 1: The Assembly
“They have failed when we needed them the most,” The old man said in a loud voice. “We must get another group to fulfill this mission and save the universe. We must do this! Are you all with me? This mission must be done. We alone can't stop this, but the right group - only the bravest, smartest, strongest, and most skillful - can stop the sun from exploding.”
In a raspy voice a white clocked man said “yessss, this group mussst be able to get to Sssaturn and get the plassmetic ray ssstaff and sssave the universsse.”
“Do you allow this, high council,” asked a black cloaked man.
“We do,” said the high council at the same time.
“Then, commence operation!”
Location: High Head Quarters, also known as HHQ -
“Sir, we must talk,” said Commander Bob.
“Yes, Commander Bob,” Said Leader Kern.
“We have been approved about the operation. The high council agreed.”
“WHAT? Why would they?
I stared at my toes wiggling in the sand, feeling the wind tug at my loosely braided blond hair when I felt it. I felt a poke in my back. I turned around, having some ridiculous hope that it was a crewmember from the cruise ship. But why would it be? That cruise ship left me stranded here on Gale Island a week ago, taking my parents and everyone else with it. Sadly, it also took my twin brother Adam, too. Adam was the only person that could understand me, and I was the only person that could understand him. Of course, we both had good friends, but we were best friends because we were so much alike. He loved adventures as much as I did, and we always snuck off to get into trouble. I really wished he was there. But, of course no person was there. It was a bottle. It must have fallen from the sand dunes, I thought. I picked up the bottle and gave it a once over. I took a double take. There was a piece of paper coiled up inside!
As we moved on to the next trial, I found myself checking everywhere around me in anticipation. Then, after what seemed like an eternity, we came to a gigantic gold door encrusted in jewels. Cautiously I pushed on it, it swung open, and it was surprisingly light. Raising my sword I walked in and saw… a sea of teddy bears blocking the exit.
Seriously, I’m not kidding. It was a circular room probably about 20 paces across and it was split into two sections, one was where Jonah and I were standing and the other side was a pit filled with an assortment of stuffed Kittens, Puppies, and teddy bears. They were all smiling so wide it made me want to throw up because of the happiness. I turned around expecting to see Jonah’s face puffing up as he tried not to laugh, but instead I saw a face full of fear. I tried so hard not to laugh that I must have looked like I poked my head in a beehive and got a face full of hurt.
This story is one of the winners of the Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. Congratulations!
Chapter 1. Tundra
The first feeble rays of sunlight were just starting to appear on the horizon. Papa raised himself slowly and stood in the center of what was left of our nest. He stretched his powerful wings and ruffled his majestic, white feathers. Settling himself back down into a seated position, we all drew in closer to the warmth of his body. The dreaded time was approaching, but it had not yet arrived. For a few precious moments, we all still had each other.
Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.
Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.
Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.
Among the missing by Dan Chaon
Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch
Are you looking for something new? Short Story collections are the perfect way for Mystery fans to try new authors.
A study in Sherlock: stories inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
The best American mystery stories 2011 edited and with an introduction by Harlan Coben
Hook, line & sinister edited by T. Jefferson Parker
This Summer, Teen Creative Writing students were asked to write a story based on a selected list of genres. Each story developed over the course of the six week class, beginning with gathering ideas, a rough draft, and the final product represented in the audio recordings of the finished products below.
The Mirror Worldby Arsh Kaiser
Synopsis: When his parents purchase a strange mirror as a gift for his sister, Sam discovers that there's more to a reflection than he ever imagined.
The Normal Ghost Tracerby Kriya Shah
Synopsis: A young girl befriends an interesting boy who teaches her how to understand ghosts. Together they begin a quest to help the dead and the living understand and accept each other.
Clown Maniaby Nabeel Baig
Synopsis: Imagine a world run exclusively by clowns. This funny account of a world gone crazy offers a silly overview of a year in the life of President Daffy the Clown.
They Wouldn't Believe Meby Abdulhafeez Peracha
Synopsis: An out-of-this-world visit to Canton Public Library
Ghost Keeperby Sravya Emmadi
Synopsis: A teenage girl alone in an old house discovers the unexpected and goes on an adventure.
Great house [Large print] by Nicole Krauss
Full dark, no stars [Large print] by Stephen King
Twelve steps to a compassionate life [Large print] by By Karen Armstrong
The scent of jasmine [Large print] by Jude Deveraux
The staff at Canton Public Library is a diverse group and our reading picks reflect this…
Unaccustomed earth by Jhumpa Lahiri