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From the Stone Soup Blog An Essay on Outrage Have you ever heard your parents say, “Back in my day, life was so much more difficult. Kids these days are so spoiled”? You would be surprised to know that they were the spoiled hipsters of yesteryear. As long as there have been Homo sapiens, there […]

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This fiction story is inspired by real events from the lives of my two guinea pigs, Oreo and Snickerdoodle, who were rescued from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, in late 2021. The Life of a Guinea Pig Oreo sniffled. His human family had taken him and his brother, Snickerdoodle, here to die. Oreo didn’t […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog She Needed Me and I Needed Her: “The Summer We Found the Baby” The Summer We Found the Baby, by Amy Hest, is a realistic fiction novel set in Belle Beach, New York, during World War II. The book’s main characters are Julie, age eleven; Julie’s little sister, Martha, age […]

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From the Flash Contests The First Snow Linda sat on the porch watching the clouds, and occasionally, the butterflies fluttering over the front yard. Ever since she’d been diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer last year, she started to slow down and to appreciate the simple yet beautiful things all around her so much more. Suddenly, […]

An Archeology of the Future

A Collection of Poems by Emma Catherine Hoff Winner of the 2022 Stone Soup Book Contest Available now at Barnes & Noble online and at Amazon. The Little Mermaid “The darkness isn’t as bad / as people think.” So ends the first poem in Emma Catherine Hoff’s numinous debut, An Archeology of the Future—before proceeding […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog Danny, the Champion of the World Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl is one of the most underrated books I have read. In comparison to his other books such as Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I feel like this book doesn’t get as much praise […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog Jonathan Livingston Seagull Several people are kept in a cave. They have lived in the cave their entire lives, chained to the ground, watching blurry shadows dance on the stone wall in front of them. They think that this is all there is to the world. But one day, one […]

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From William’s Stone Soup Writing Workshop #71: Stream of Consciousness (Revisited) The Writing Challenge: Write a stream of consciousness piece for thirty minutes. This journey follows a path that is set down by the mind you are portraying in your story. That mind might, itself, not know where the ideas are coming from. Become your […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog The following is a transcript of part of the second installment of Emma’s poetry podcast. Head over to our blog at Stonesoup.com/young-bloggers/ to listen to it or read it in full! Poetry Soup (A Poetry Podcast) — Episode #2 Hello, and welcome to Poetry Soup! I’m your host, Emma Catherine […]

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From the Book Club An update from the thirty-fifth meeting on the Stone Soup Book Club for Writers This month we discussed A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat, a suspenseful and moving novel set in a magical version of Thailand. The book follows Pong, who is born in Namwon Prison because his mom […]

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From William’s Writing Workshop, #68: Sense of Place The Writing Challenge: Describe a place or a setting in which a story will take place from the point of view of a character. Arctic Winter Cold, howling wind whipped through my fur, blowing endlessly. The deep snow crunched under my paws, stretching as far as my […]

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from the Stone Soup Blog from “Flamethrower” I was almost eleven in the warm, windy fall of the year 2019 when my baseball team, the Bulldogs, was playing in the little league semifinals. But still, I couldn’t help but want to crawl under my bed where I would be safe. I couldn’t even bear to […]