The Adventure of the Unknown Species

Written by Adiba


Once there was an unknown species named Elijah. His head looks like a giraffe, his body looks like a shark and he has wings like an eagle. He also has teeth like megalodon and he has a big long tongue. He also has ears like elephants and he has legs like humans. Elijah is floating in a lava pool and cries for help. He could see some of his surroundings and he saw a dragon who is a friend of his, named Ben. Ben tried to help but got caught in the lava pool as well. 

After a while, Elijah and Ben were able to swim to a staircase, leading up to a small cave. They went up the stairs and they saw some fish laying on the ground and they ate them. The fish tasted very good. Suddenly Elijah started coughing, he coughed up a golden key that was inside one of the fish. Then the two friends saw a trap door and they opened it, there was a staircase leading down to a golden door. 

They opened the golden door, with the golden key, and then they went down to a new cave, where they found a piece of paper that said, “Go left, and then go right, and then continue straight.” They followed the directions to a door that said THE EXIT FROM THE LAVA POOL. They went out of the exit and there’s another trapdoor leading up. They tried to find another key and then they saw a safe with a keypad. They found a piece of paper with a clue to the password, and that allowed them to open the safe. In the safe was a code written in red which says, “12345,” then they saw another trapdoor, they entered the code on the trap door lock and opened it, then they found their way back on the earth, with happiness. That night they had a huge party with their friends.

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Melica And The Magic Catastrophe Sea Twister

Melica And The Magic Catastrophe Sea Twister

Written and illustrated by Mahveen


Once upon a time there lived a mermaid named Melica who lived with her 4 little sisters: Juneania, Ochan, Dolfina and Tracy. Things were easy in life until one day a big sea twister came. Melica led the sea twister to the castle so she could handle it herself before anyone got hurt. Before that, she told her sisters to leave the castle right away. Her sisters wanted to be heroes to the kingdom, so they didn’t leave. And so it happened: Melica led the sea twister to the castle and her sister got caught. 

Melica was mad at her sisters for not listening, but had no time to waste. She set off and followed the sea twister. Finally it was over and she got her sisters and then they were grounded.  They did not like being grounded and did something naughty. When Melica was sleeping, they left their room and stole the magic sea twister necklace and created the biggest sea twister ever in the history of the Enchanted Sea. 

Melica woke up and went towards the garden where her sisters were. She took the magic sea twister necklace and accidentally broke it. She had no choice but to go to Marmana, the magic sea witch. She asked her to repair the necklace. 

Marmana said,  “I will repair it, but only if you give me the magic protection crystal.” 

Melica did not want to give away the crystal because it was her parents’ final gift before they left her, but Melica knew that it was the right thing to do. The sea witch was wise, so Melica gave her the magic protection crystal, and the magic sea twister crystal was repaired and the hurricane was gone. As for her sisters, they had to live with the octopus tentacle for one whole month to learn a lesson. 

Noah the Chicken

Written by Muhammad

In a place in between the forest and the farm, Noah lived in a tree. His body was like a chicken. He could fly and lay eggs but dreamed of being human.

One day, Noah was walking down a path and ran into a magician named Kiki, and they began to talk. Noah was kind and helpful to him, and the magician was so pleased that he asked if he wanted to ask for a wish. Noah was happy because he might finally get to live his dream of being human, so he told the magician.

Kiki was pleased to grant Noah his wish but asked Noah to go up the nearby Hera Mountain to get gold and silver rocks and bring them to him. Noah started flying to reach the top of the mountain to get the rocks. Even though Noah was a chicken, he was strong and he could lift the rocks, but he had to walk down the mountain because the rocks were so heavy.

While Noah was coming down the mountain, one giant monster came out of the forest to steal his rocks. Still, Noah was bright, and he flew around the beast, making him dizzy until the giant fell down. Noah was able to continue his journey to bring the two rocks back to the magician.

Kiki was happy to see Noah arrive with both the gold and the silver rocks. He had passed the test, and the magician told him: “You’re kind, strong, and clever, and I’m going to make your dream come true and grant your wish.”

He lifted his wand, and a magical beam touched Noah, turning him and all the eggs he had once laid into humans.

Noah said goodbye to Kiki, and with the help of his children, they built a house in the city and lived happily ever after.

The terrible thing that I saw downtown

By Angelina, Grade 5 | Submitted on November 20, 2021

Trigger Warning (TW): homelessness, child abuse


Today, my dad, mom, sister and I all went to pick up my sister’s new desk and for a Downtown tour. We went past many clothing stores and restaurants. We saw mostly Chinese, Korean and Japanese restaurants. I also saw other homeless adults. We ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant at 12:10. We had delicious Congee!

After we finished our lunch, we went to drive past the CN Tower. My sister kept on complaining about why she can’t go up the CN Tower. We told her that going up the CN Tower was expensive. We could probably go next month. But not this month. 

On our way back home, I saw something really terrible that made me have a funny, weird feeling in my stomach. It wasn’t what I ate though. Here is what I saw. I saw a homeless child in a pile of old clothes and blankets. There was an old man with a boom in his hand. I didn’t hear what they were saying but I saw that the old man was making the child feel unsafe, uncomfortable and disturbed. The child threw a rock at the old man, and this is what made me have butterflies in the stomach. The old man started to slap the child with the broom. This happened when we were approaching Dundas. On Spadina Ave. I wanted to help, but there was nothing I could do about it yet. I’m only 9. That made me think about the other children out in the streets, homeless, and being bullied by other people. My mother told me a bit about what that man’s life might have been like.

Still, when I grow up, I would want to help the kids with that life. I hope that the world will grow friendlier and more people will help homeless people. Let’s do something about this. Be kind and respectful to people around you. Let’s work together to make this planet a famous and wonderful world!


To learn more about child homelessness and child abuse:
1. Homeless Hub (https://www.homelesshub.ca/about-homelessness/population-specific/youth)
2. Youth Without Shelter (https://yws.on.ca/who-we-are/youth-homelessness/)
3. Child Abuse (https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/fv-vf/ca-me.html)
4. Child Maltreatment (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/stop-family-violence/prevention-resource-centre/children/child-maltreatment-canada.html)
For youth seeking support (self-guided tools, crisis support, or community resource database):
Kids Help Phone (https://kidshelpphone.ca/)

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“Misty Forest,” by Larisa

Once a legend was told about a little girl called Skye and her parents who went for a family trip in the Misty Forest and had never been back since 2001. One day on January 13, 2010 a girl called Jemma Wilson decided to go inside the Misty Forest even though the police told everyone to stay out. As she entered the forest she heard the ground shaking from below and also heard violins and someone singing. As she traveled deeper into the forest she felt a heat energy or a source that made her feel tired. She decided to rest in an old abandoned cabin. When she entered she saw another person inside floating but that person ran away. Jemma decided to go after her and saw that girl from the legend Skye.

Skye told Jemma to leave but she disagreed. Jemma asked if she was still alive but Skye said no. She said that her parents were not alive as well but were a living soul, so she needed to find them.

Jemma said, “This is why you were guarding the forest and scaring the people you wanted to find your parents.”

Skye looked pale and sad that after all these years she couldn’t find them.

Jemma said, “Do you want help finding them?”

Skye accepted her help and they traveled for days and Jemma’s friends and parents were looking for her and were terrified that she was gone. After one week of searching for Skye’s parents they found a lot of clues that all ended up in the same place. The part of the Misty Forest that Skye was scared of she said she was scared of because something huge attacked her and her parents in there. Jemma said that if they wanted to find her parents then they had to go look in there because everything led to there. So Skye and Jemma went inside the deepest place in the Forest and they looked and looked and looked. Suddenly something attacked Jemma and it was a type of lion that was huge but luckily Jemma knew how to calm the lion down and they decided to travel on the lions back because they were very tired and hungry.

They traveled a little more until they found a huge cabin in the middle and when someone came out they stared at Skye and ran toward her. It was her parents and as a gift Skye’s parents teleported Jemma back to her parents. Jemma’s parents thought it was a miracle that their daughter just came out of nowhere. Jemma started explaining where she had been and introduced Skye. Skye also started explaining to her parents and introduced Jemma, and after a few years their parents were best friends and Jemma and Skye had a lot of friends.

“Candy Land,” by Shreyashi

One day, Nella went to her friend Beary’s house. When she arrived they both went upstairs and made a pillow fort.

Then Beary said, “Let’s go to Phoenix’s house”, so Nella called Phoenix and asked if she and Beary could come over for a sleepover.

Phoenix said “Ok, I will pick both of you up. Make sure you guys get your stuff”. They both got their stuff ready. A few minutes later, Phoenix arrived and they all went in the camping van.

Nella said, “Do you guys want to go to Candy Land?”

Both of them nodded. They all went to the Candy Land and met their friend Gummy, the Gummy Bear. All of them went down the sour strip candy slide and the twizzler swing.

They had a fun day and finally, they went to rest on their cotton candy bed.