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Grades 4–5
Fantasy/SciFi, Narrative
Writing

Luna in the Battle for Preservation

Vanessa, 826CHI
A story about a mermaid named Luna and the epic battle to save Benzo, a rainbow-colored kingdom, using the power of love.

Far away, there was once a sea kingdom named Benzo that was made out of rare gems. The gems were black opals that were really pretty, because they had all the rainbow colors in them. It looked like a rainbow universe! The kingdom was also made out of clams made of abalone shells, which are really shiny.

The kingdom was full of beautiful galaxy stones. The galaxy stones made the kingdom really pop. The kingdom was as valuable as a million diamonds. People fought to own it.

“It’s mine!” people would yell.

“No, it’s mine!” other people would shriek back.

In the kingdom lived lots of mermaids. The chosen one, the special one, was Luna, but she just didn’t know it. Luna always wore a necklace that was really special, because not only did it help her keep her powers, but her mom gave it to her when she was a baby. She had worn it ever since.

Luna’s power was love. She could also turn into a human and go to the human world on land—Luna called it the Magical World, but she’d never been there. Luna had 21 other siblings. She actually had 22 other siblings, but she didn’t know she had an extra sibling. She always loved it when somebody said the word “love” or when people fell in love!

One day, Luna went on an adventure and found a necklace that read Luna and Venus. Luna right away thought, Who is this person called Venus?

Luna took the necklace and told her dad, Martian. Her dad had no answer and kept quiet. Luna kept pleading with her dad to tell her, but he wouldn’t budge.

Over time, Luna got madder and madder, and more curious.

“Don’t do it, Luna. Curiosity killed the cat!” her family would say.

Eventually, Luna ran away to find out who Venus was.

All the other mermaids got together with Luna’s dad and sent out a search party to try to find her.

Luna searched for days and months until she found what she was looking for.

On Luna’s journey, she met a friendly fish named Bubbles. They got so attached that Bubbles followed her on the rest of the journey.

And then she found it, in the middle of nowhere. For Luna, finding the cave was as hard as learning how to drive, since she’d never been to the Magical World.

“Finally, a cave that actually looks warm and cozy! I hope that there aren’t any Sea Guardians inside,” Luna muttered as she slowly got ready to attack.

Luna didn’t want there to be Sea Guardians because they were meanies! They were a clan that protected really deep, hidden caves in case anything suspicious happened. Luckily, there weren’t any Sea Guardians inside.

Luna had been trying to find a cave to sleep in during the night. When she entered the cave, it was dark, and somehow someone had enchanted the cave so it could look like a normal cave.

Luna saw a girl who had an evil fish friend named Mr. Pufferstein. The girl was all red—she looked really creepy with her red eyes, red hair, and red fire dress. Mr. Pufferstein was as evil as an old penny-pinching, fire-breathing dragon.

The girl said, “Puff, go get me the fairy. Soon, Benzo will be mine! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

Puff said, “Yes, master Venus.”

Meanwhile, as this conversation was going on, Luna was camouflaged behind a rock. She was shocked. Puff had responded “Venus.”

But how was this possible? The girl’s name was Venus!

Venus also said, “Then I’ll get Luna!”

Luna got up from behind the rock and said, “Hey! I’m the one you want.”

Luna shot a love spell to make her acceptable again. The spell was supposed to make Venus good again, but Venus dodged the spell and shot a spell to Luna. Luna fell, but it didn’t harm her. Meanwhile, Puff was fighting with Bubbles. Puff used to be Bubbles’ best friend when they were small, but he was tricked into joining the evil group, a.k.a. the Deadly Finns.

Anyway, this fighting went on forever, until Venus shouted, “Nobody can stop me from ruling the King—.” Venus was about to finish what she said, but Luna interrupted and exclaimed, “Love is good, as sweet as can be, don’t forget to make this person good again!”

Luna shot the love spell and Venus fell to the ground, lying unconscious. She was unconscious for five months. When she finally woke up she looked different, and she was exceptional.

Venus had blue, wavy hair that sparkled, a flowery outfit that matched, and light blue eyes.

Venus woke up, afraid of her surroundings. Venus told Luna everything about how she turned evil. She explained, “I was tricked by the Deadly Finns! They gave me a drink that made me do everything they would say!”

Luna gasped at the news.

Venus responded, “It was terrible!”

Luna said, “I can’t imagine all that you’ve been through!”

They welcomed Venus back to Benzo by throwing a parade. Martian welcomed Venus by giving her tons of gifts. Luna felt very happy Venus was back. She had never met her before, and she was happy to welcome someone new to her family.

From This Publication

This collection of zany, adventurous monster tales—penned by fourth and fifth grade students from Brentano Math & Science Academy in Chicago—invites you to walk within dark tunnels, through explosive science labs, and into strange forests to explore beastly worlds unknown. Each piece provokes, tantalizes, and surprises you... perhaps even makes you gasp—or shout—OMG! An 826CHI Young Authors' Book Project.

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Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative

In this piece, a student describes the challenges of being a superhero and reflects on their power to shine.

Grades 4–6
Writing
Breathe

by Juna, 826michigan

Poetry

A poem about taking the world in—and letting go.

Grades 5–6
Writing
Pickup Lines Cheesier Than Cheddar

by Uma, 826NYC

Poetry

A witty set of foolproof pickup lines.

Grade 5
Writing
The Miners

by Robert, 826CHI

Poetry

A poem that explores the struggles of mine workers.

Grade 4
Writing
On the Inside

by Maribel O.G., Grade 4, 826 Valencia

Narrative

In this story, a student gets to know a new teacher and discovers that things are not always as they seem.