Illustrator Zoe Paschkis, 12 for Edward’s Treasure by Emily Taylor, 11. Published July/August 2000.
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Don’t miss the latest content from our Book Reviewers and Young Bloggers, published this week at stonesoup.com!
Hidden in Plain Sight, by Maia H and Juan H-C, confronts the issue of racism in a powerfully direct way, using graphic art as the medium.
Zoe’s Summer Crumble, by Sarah Cymrot, brings alive the taste of summer and gives readers a great recipe to try—send us your pictures of your own crumble!
Luxi and Miola: The New Girl, by Hana Greenberg, is the latest installment in hre graphic novel series about two sisters. Catch up with earlier episodes on the blog, too.
Summer Journal 2018, by Abhi Sukhdial, shares the first two pages of the journal of his 10-week-long family visit to northern India. Be inspired to send us your summer journals, too!
Front Desk, by Kelly Yang, reviewed by Nina Vigil.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, reviewed by Kaya Simcoe.
From Stone Soup
By Emily Taylor, 11
Illustrated by Zoe Paschkis, 12
It was only a quick walk to Murphy’s Woods from Anjeli’s backyard where Heather and Anjeli had been enjoying the hot July day, so they soon reached the edge of the woods. Instinctively, Heather grabbed her friend’s hand as they stepped onto the dirt path that led through the woods.
It was considerably cooler under the shade of the tall oaks. The two girls kicked through the clumps of dark, damp leaves while chattering to each other. Soon, Heather forgot her first fears and joined Anjeli in skipping in between the trees and turning over the many rocks that lined their path.
“Anj, I bet I can do fifteen cartwheels in a row!”
“Let me see you try, girl!”
Heather proceeded to try, but on the seventh, she slammed hard into the trunk of two oaks that had grown together.
“You OK, Heather?” asked her friend, hurrying to her side.
Heather pulled herself up on a branch of the tree mass. But before she could even dust the leaves off her shorts, Anjeli pushed her aside.
“Hey!” said Heather indignantly, from the ground.
“Oh my God…”
“Heather, come here, quick! I found something!”
Heather scrambled to her feet. Slowly, Anjeli reached down into a tiny crevice under the tree and pulled out a package about the same size and shape as a book. It was wrapped in what looked like an old, yellowed newspaper.
“Oh my God, Anj, what should we do?” asked Heather with a note of panic in her already-trembling voice.
“I’m gonna open it.” …/more