The Free City

Written and illustrated by Penelope


Sky, the blue panda and her friends Ruby, Rick, Nick, Kiwi, Lisa were swimming in the pool of her mansion when there was an earthquake in the middle of Everyone City. It left a big hole. 

Sky’s mansion was close to the big hole that the earthquake made, and the mansion and other people fell into the big hole. There, they were teleported and woke up in another city where they explored. 

“This is weird,” Kiwi said, and then found lots of stores, shops and malls. 

Meanwhile Zippy was at Sky’s house and said, “Hmm where is everyone and where is Sky’s house? This is very strange.”   

Everyone looked inside the shops and saw there was no price tag on the items.

“Why is there no price tag? Maybe everything is free,” Lisa said jokingly.

Sky laughed. There was no cashier in the shops and stores when they noticed that everything was free!

“Wow, everything is free!” everyone said. 

Then two months later everyone was teleported back to Everyone City. 

“That was the best two months of my life” said Rick and Nick. Then Sky built another mansion.  She and her friends go back to swimming in her pool every sunny afternoon.

“This is relaxing,” said Ruby. “I wish Zippy was here.”

 THE END

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.

Growing Our Voices, Shaping Our Stories

On March 28, Story Planet partnered with Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers (Facebook, Instagram) for a writing workshop with Pushcart Prize nominated local writer, Nadia Shahbaz!

Here are what some of the students of Marc Garneau said:

“I went deep and wrote about my ancestral roots which I wasn’t expecting.”

“I thought I didn’t have anything to write about but then I put my pen to paper and realized I did.”

By the end of the workshop, participants had a collection of story ideas and early drafts. Keep an eye out for their stories in “More Than a Garden,” a book on community, nature, rootedness, and interconnection—and watch this space for more events coming soon!

Women Writers To Read This International Women’s Day

We’re kicking off this International Women’s Day with a round-up of our favourite women writers!


We Are Water Protectors: Lindstrom, Carole, Goade, Michaela: 9781250203557:  Books - Amazon.ca

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

“We Are Water Protectors” is an illustrated picture book about a young Ojibwe water protector who must protect the precious resource from a snake.

The Henna Wars : Jaigirdar, Adiba: Amazon.ca: Books

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

“The Henna Wars” is a young adult rom-com about two teen girls with rival businesses who fall in love.

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

“Ghost Squad” follows the adventures of two girls who accidentally cast a spell that awakens evil spirits. can they save the town before it’s too late?

Legendborn : Deonn, Tracy: Amazon.ca: Books

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

“Legendborn” is a young adult novel full of adventure. When sixteen-year-old Bree discovers she has magic powers, that monsters are real, and there’s a secret society at her school, she must decide her place in the coming magic war.

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family: Muhammad, Ibtihaj, Aly,  Hatem, Ali, S. K.: 9780316519007: Books - Amazon.ca

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali

“The Proudest Blue” follows Faizah and her older sister Asiya, who’s wearing her first hijab on the first day of a new school year.

“The Story of Planet Blob” by Ms Bruce’s Class

Art by Chris Green

Our Character

  • An alien named Cupcake Green Queen with an alien code, 9245
  • She has pineapple arms, rainbow dreads, a butt chin, and a circular blob body that is multicoloured like a layer cake
  • She has three eyes, the middle one being the biggest and the other two half its size, and she can add eyes to her face whenever she wants
  • She wears a mask and a helmet
  • Is a psychic
  • Has transformative powers:
    • Can transform into other things
    • Can also split into a million little versions of herself and become one again
    • When she splits into a million selves, her rainbow dreads turns light blue
  • She plays PS4, basketball, and tennis (but specifically with an alien tennis ball)
  • Loves chicken
  • Poops out cupcakes
  • She has a temper and screams when angry
  • She is a dancer – specifically the electro shuffle
  • She is afraid of pandas, vegetables, and herself
    • When she looks into a mirror she gets scared

Our Setting

  • Planet Blob
  • Made out of cheese, but every year the substance of the planet changes; its entirely edible
  • There are cheese animals and aliens made out of chicken wings, and unicorns who eat sprinkles
  • When the wind is strong, chicken wings fly around
  • Sometimes it rains slime, other times cheese curds, other times baby powder
  • Cupcake Green Queen is from a place called Hidden Leaf Village
  • Hidden Leaf Village is the most technologically advanced place in the world, as a comet hit the planet and brought syranium with it, an incredible metal they use in their technology
  • The aliens drive hover cars and ride around on cheese bicycles
  • They like to play foosball and slim-O wrestling where they must belly flop onto their opponent in order to win
  • Storian Wrestling is the official sport; the aliens shrink themselves to fit into tiny robots that then battle each other
  • Another popular pastime is gummy and sock dolphin training and racing
  • Some buildings are made out of cheese and chicken wings
  • Other buildings are built out of syranium, and when hit by objects, tiny temporary black holes are formed
  • The most popular restaurant is called Joe Joe’s and everyone goes there to celebrate birthdays
  • There is a Nacho cheese volcano located on the Snobby Shores of Candy Ocean
  • Gummy dolphins and sock dolphins live in Candy Ocean
  • Some aliens have pet dolphins with wings who protect them from the flying chicken wings on windy days
  • Candy ocean is near the village
  • There is a giant cheese monster called Pain & a goo monster with three eyes and three heads
  • The alien army defends Hidden Leaf Village with chicken wing weapons that allow them to bury their enemies in chicken wings
  • The most important day of year is Chicken Day, and everyone comes to the planet to celebrate
  • Chocolate dolphins from other planets also come to visit their dolphin friends

The Story of Planet Blob

Once upon a time there was a land filled with dolphins and chicken wings on a planet called Blob. On this planet, the weather was quite unpredictable, as on really windy days chicken wings would blow across the planet, hitting buildings and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their path.

The aliens who lived on this planet spoke to their leader because they wanted to do something about the crazy weather and the terrible cheese monster, named Pain. Both were threatening their home, The Hidden Leaf Village.

The leader of The Hidden Leaf Village was an alien named Cupcake Green Queen. Cupcake Green Queen loved to dance! Whenever she won a battle or an argument, she’d do the electric shuffle. She had a blob body, rainbow dreads, pineapple arms, three eyes with a big one in the middle of her face, and could split apart into a million little Cupcake Green Queens at will.

However, Cupcake Green Queen had a secret: she feared herself! Without saying why, she made every alien in the village throw out all their mirrors into space, because she got scared every time she looked into a mirror and saw herself.

She also had another secret! Pain the cheese monster was her brother, and he controlled the bad weather on Planet Blob. She knew she had to defeat him, but naturally felt conflicted about it, because Pain was brother.

But what had happened between them all those years ago…? Well, Cupcake Green Queen had kicked Pain out of the Hidden Leaf Village because he was being mean to the other aliens. He was jealous of Cupcake Green Queen because he wanted to be the ruler of the Hidden Leaf Village, which is why he was so mean to everyone (he had trouble working out his issues and took it out on others). The last straw for Cupcake Green Queen was when Pain set her mattress on fire in a fit of jealousy. She’d had it! He had to leave the village, and he was banished to the Nacho Cheese Volcano located on the Snobby Shores of the Candy Ocean.

Pain left the village in a rage, and in his emotional state, he turned into cheese out of pure envy!

However, Pain knew his sister’s secret, that she was afraid of her own image, so he gathered the mirrors she made the village throw away and made a suit of armour out of them. He snuck back into the Hidden Leaf Village and confronted Cupcake, and upon seeing herself reflected in his armour, she fainted and did not regain consciousness for two hours…

 

“The Unknown Creatures Discover a New Planet” by Ms Grewal’s Class

The Silent Forest Jungle
On this planet, there is a place called the Silent Forest Jungle, because it is completely silent. Tall, smooth-trunked, bright orange trees stretch into the sky and shade the forest ground which mysteriously rumbles. The trees bear no fruit, but the bark and leaves taste like sweet and citrusy, like oranges. It is incredibly cold here – minus 100 degrees Celsius! – and wet, because thunderstorms drench the jungle every day. Yet every animal imaginable lives here, despite the cold and horrible smell of rotten eggs that fills the forest air. This strange forest is special, though, as it is guarded by birds who fly above it, and protect it from strangers who might harm it.

The Creepy Lost Forest Jungle
On this planet there is another strange forest, and it is called the Creepy Lost Forest Jungle, for anyone who enters becomes lost in it. Unlike the Silent Forest Jungle, this forest is incredibly hot during the day, with a giant blazing sun that beats down on it. Yet at night, when the sun sets, it becomes very cold, and the deeper you go into the jungle, the colder it becomes. Giant dinosaurs and dangerous wild animals stalk these woods, and the air is often filled with the sounds of crying dinosaur babies as they hatch, the squeaking of bunnies, and the rustling of leaves. The trees themselves are brightly coloured – some are entirely orange, and others have orange trunks and multi-coloured leaves that shine in the bright sun. Giant vines hang from the tree limbs, and snakes that camouflage themselves slither through the jungle. If you were to make your way through the deep, dark jungle, however, you would find an ocean in the centre of it. The closer you get, the louder the sound of the ocean waves becomes. In this jungle, it rains constantly, which does nothing to help the smell of rotting dinosaur eggs from their abandoned nests.

Crystal Cheese Palace
From far away, this undiscovered planet looks like a diamond, and it sparkles. As you get closer, you can see that there are crystals on the ground, very, very tiny crystals that fall through the air like a light rain and tickle when they touch your skin. Even closer, you can see buildings with lights on clustered in an area that is made entirely of orange cheese – so of course it smells like cheese too. This town is called the Crystal Cheese Palace. Even the dirt on the ground is crumbled cheese, and the many animals that live here snack on their surroundings, because it’s all delicious cheese! Beautiful purple and pink flowers also surround the place, and trees blow in the strong winds. When the winds come, they bring the smell of fresh air. You can also hear hummingbird wings beating rapidly – the entire place is abuzz with life.

 

“Maurice’s Defeat Day” by Ms Wasserman’s Grade 2 Class


Artwork by Chris Green

Our Character:

  • Is a fairy princess named Maurice Bloomiz
  • She is a member of the royal fairy family, and they all have wings – one is a butterfly wing and one is a bat wing
  • She is 9 years old
  • She is skinny and flat and only 3 inches tall
  • She is a treasure hunter, likes to makes art about kindness and respecting people, and is silly
  • She wears a crown, glass shoes, and a pink dress that has three pink stars on it
  • She also has a dress that is gold with flowers on it for special occasions
  • She lives in a pink castle
  • She has straight yellow and pink hair that is past her shoulders, and sharp nails
  • She also has a nice house that is beside a lake
  • Maurice has a wand with magical powers – she can point to things and change them into whatever she wants
  • She wears black eyeliner, likes makeup and basketball, and is good at math
  • She has a friend who is also a fairy princess and is 6 years old, and they have flying races with each other
  • Her dad is a prince who wears a handsome vest, and his name is Shining Armour
  • She has two younger siblings: a baby brother named Jean who is very strong and can lift big fat rocks, and a baby sister who likes to steal her eyeliner and does a bad job of putting it on
  • Her mom is the queen fairy, Cadenza, who has blue hair and is pregnant with twins

Our Setting:

  • A beautiful place where there are books in trees
  • There are little ants who live there as well
  • There is a storage cupboard where there are tools and ladders
  • There are clouds high up in the sky where you need ladders to climb up to them
  • There is an underground house that has a kitchen and washroom
  • There are sharks who have books in their tummy
  • There is also a tree house where you can play board games and play with other people
  • Near the tree house there are two gardens with fruits and vegetables
  • The books have hands, legs, and wings and can fly
  • In  the tree house there is a little bird’s nest with an orange mom bird

Maurice’s Defeat Day

The royal fairies, Maurice, her baby sister, baby brother, and their parents, the prince and the queen, wanted to protect their magical books from the giant sharks who were trying to eat them all.

This was happening in the fairy world called Castle. In this place there was a bookstore called Work Shop. The queen’s name was Cadenza and the prince was called Shining Armour.

While the fairies were fighting the sharks, a volcano exploded and the whole planet started turning into lava and a lava dragon flew out of the volcano. The dinosaurs were defeated by the lava. Maurice began to feel worried because she feared her family might be destroyed by the sharks and the dragon. Maurice’s family began to feel angry and sad because they wanted to protect the magical books.

Then, it started to rain, so the sharks were able to swim on land! The sharks were swimming so fast, they made a huge wave so that they could charge right at the fairies! The mom and dad fairy flew to the lava dragon to battle him, while Maurice and her baby brother and sister tried to use the sharks to defeat the lava…