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.
by Selene Freudenberg, 826michigan
This hero’s journey leads an unlikely suspect into a land of books with a plot-disrupting villain who must be destroyed in order to save a multitude of characters, including Harry Potter!
by Naomi, 826michigan
A (mostly) love letter to a kiwi with delicious imagery.
by Liliana, 826DC
This student’s heartbreaking personal narrative describes what it can feel like to have your parents get divorced.
by Erriyanna, 826michigan
An epic poem about a younger sister. English and Spanish versions included.
Ren, 826 New Orleans
In this poem, a student explores what summer means to them.
by Kevin, 826LA
A letter from the author to the author on appreciating both the unconventional and conventional parts of oneself.
by Faisa, age 9, 826 MSP
This poem writes from the perspective of a Prairie Shooting Star flower, detailing a day in its life.
by Giannyl Guerrero Cabral, 826 Boston
A practical list of ways anyone can stop bullying.
by Ehmely, 826CHI
A crucial missive for anyone playing a high-stakes game of "Hide and Seek".
by Elian de Leon, 826NYC
A poem that focuses on color and translates it into sensory details.
by Chelsea, 826NYC
An academically-inclined student passes on their favorite tips for having fun before fifth grade starts.
by Marvin, 826CHI
A troubled young man ends up in another boy’s dreams.
by Violeta, 826CHI
A monster's routine trip for tuna sandwich ingredients results in a broken arm!
by Kevin J. Ortiz, 826DC
A personal narrative about a trip to Ocean City, a lonely puppy, and sharing our fears with others.
by Salimatou, 826NYC
Together, a princess with superpowers and an orphan-turned-sidekick must save the king and queen of kingdom Atarica!
by Talia, 826NYC
A creative field guide to Sea Lettuce.
by Milo, 826NYC
A creative origin story in which a programmer simultaneously creates life and biology in a program.
by L.M., 826CHI
The story of a lonely ghost named Annabeth, a plan to kidnap children on Halloween, and an unlikely encounter that reveals the true nature of friendship.
by Clara, 826 Valencia
A detailed design for a new school that students would love, complete with outdoor spaces for tennis and ice-skating!
by Penelope, 826 Valencia
In this superhero story, Super Duper Scarlet must save San Fran Superland from Doctor Nefario!
Elsie, 826 New Orleans
In this poem, a student celebrates individuality.
by Christian, 826 New Orleans
This poem uses personification to introduce the audience to an olive and its cousin, Jeff.
by Levi, 826NYC
An origin story for healthy food, involving an epic battle between purveyor of high-fructose corn syrup, Ronald McDonald, and a heroic band of chefs.
by Natalie, 826 Valencia
A recipe for how to create a legendary rapper.
by Marisol, 826michigan
A young girl's poem about all the life she sees in her yard. English and Spanish versions included.
by Alan, 826DC
This poem describes the thoughts of hunger.
by Keila S.O., 826michigan
An “I Am From” poem about growing up in Detroit.
by Keila, 826michigan
An "I A From" poem. English and Spanish versions included.
by Meredith, 826michigan
A poem about globe-sized dreams.
by Mohamed F., 826 MSP
This poem uses descriptive language to leave the reader clues about the animal it is depicting.
by Juna, 826michigan
A poem about taking the world in—and letting go.
by Simone, 826michigan
A poem about appreciating trees and why we should study them.
by Johny, 826 LA
A riveting interview with Godzilla, Superman, and Dragonbolt—a cast of characters that will try to outdo one another before this TV special is up.
by Caleigh, 826LA
A letter offering a concise yet compelling list of all that awaits in LA.
by Victor, 826 Valencia
This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.
by Abdikabir, age 8, 826 MSP
This poem uses the 1st person point-of-view to show what life looks like for a timber rattlesnake.
by Charlie, 826michigan
A very scientific retelling of why dinosaurs went extinct.
by Felix E., 826 Valencia
A student's fear is conquered after a startling discovery.
by Maribel O.G., Grade 4, 826 Valencia
In this story, a student gets to know a new teacher and discovers that things are not always as they seem.
by Marie, 826CHI
A monkey named Chesley saves the animals of the forest from an evil Master!
by Jekaya, 826 Boston
A student reflects on what it takes to stand up to bullies and speak up for others.
by Elaine, 826 Boston
A diary entry reflecting on a secret mission to Mars!
by Javier, 826DC
A student wishes for unexpected pops of color.
by Dahlia-Rose, 826NYC
A field guide to Queen Anne’s Lace and a day in the life from a flower’s perspective.
by Athena, 826NYC
In this poem, a student explores both the seen and unseen powers of a superhero.
by Emmanuel, 826DC
A personal narrative about a tender first sighting between brothers on a family trip to El Salvador.
by Kaitlyn, 826NYC
A creation myth reimagined in a poem.
by Jalen, 826NYC
A series of superhero haiku inspired by engineering secret lairs.
by Reyes, 826NYC
A creative field guide to the eastern gray squirrel.
by Alfredo Enriquez-Aguilar, 826 Valencia
Have you ever wanted to care for a dragon? This poem teaches you how.
by Maria, 826 Valencia
This student gives thanks to ordinary objects in an ode.
by Zari P., Grade 4, 826DC
A playful "I am" poem that explores what's possible.
by Kathryn, 826NYC
A very scientific origin poem about french fries, starting with an argument between the sun and the moon.
by Marisa, 826NYC
A student reports on Islamophobia, using research and interviews to explore this mindset and its damaging repercussions.
by Natalia, 826CHI
A story told by her grandfather leads Betty on a journey where fiction and reality collide.
by Angel Flores Vazquez, 826 Valencia
This poem illustrates the effectiveness of descriptive language.
by Victor, 826 Valencia
An ode to Beans, Rice, and Chicken.
by Jonathan Rivera Navarro, 826 Valencia
This poem celebrates and mourns a taco.
by Ava Tassinari, 826 Boston
A bullying incident on the school bus itches its way out.
by Jesús, 826 Valencia
In this superhero story, Spyman is on an important mission—saving donuts from becoming bagels!
by Robert, 826CHI
A collection of haikus spanning books and cosmology.
by Will, 826michigan
A student imagines life in the future.
by Uma, 826NYC
A witty set of foolproof pickup lines.
by Claire, 826CHI
A poem about “unfinding” what was known and learning to explore.
by Alyssa, Kevin, Gustavo, Jocelyn, and Gabriel, 826LA
In science class, Victoria the Manticore makes fun of Carla the Witch for using magic, and a few bystanders step in to take a stand against bullying.
by Yanni, 826NYC
This poem is written in the style of William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say” and celebrates small acts of unapologetic joy.
by Madison, 826 New Orleans
This poem leaves the reader descriptive clues to help them guess the mystery food.
by Quinn, 826CHI
A piece that explores the dynamic nature of love and might just become your next Valentine's Day card.
by Joseline, 826DC
A personal narrative about a teensie, tiny bit of jealousy for a new baby sister turning into love.
by Fatima, 826michigan
A list poem about a beautiful room and a beautiful family in both English and Spanish.
by Brayan Luna, 826michigan
In this poem, a student vividly recounts watching The Undertaker perform a signature chokeslam on WrestleMania. Written in Spanish and English.
by Antoni L., 826DC
In this poem, the author discusses their origins through metaphor.
by Natalie, 826CHI
A spirit named Janet haunts a dance studio as five young dancers arm themselves with a vacuum, a bottle, and the internet.
by Marco, 826LA
A screenplay about a plane crash and an epic journey to Mexico, with a twist!
by Ramatoulie, 826DC
A student shares memories of transitioning from Gambia to a new home in the United States, complete with a snowy encounter.
by Muawiye, 826 Boston
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that the act of inclusion begins with feeling empathy.
by Kelis, 826michigan
This student describes what it would be like to become the first female president, campaigning on education for all, friendlier attitudes, more food and housing, and snow days!
by Rechab T., 826DC
This poem takes a surreal approach to describing a scene.
by Noel, 826 Valencia
The creation story of a new school, reimagined to improve learning. (Paid for by Taylor Swift with free water bottles, an Italian restaurant, a movie theater, and a comfortable and safe environment.)
by Olivia, 826NYC
An elegy for corn.
by Benny, 826 Boston
Inspired by Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this piece contains a series of journal entries and rules for a new sport by fictitious NASA operative Agent Smitty.
by Kayla, 826LA
This author reflects on an act of kindness to someone in need.
by Robert, 826CHI
A poem that explores the struggles of mine workers.
by Winta, 826DC
A concise but essential list of survival tips in the event of a sweet disaster.
by Lina, 826 Valencia
A mischievous recipe calling for 3 tablespoons of candy, 10 gallons of not laughing, and 100 gallons of mother.
by Matthew, 826CHI
Originally written and recorded as a podcast, these two unlikely heroes and the technological crisis of year 3016 will have you gripping the edge of your seat!
by Sumaya, 826 MSP
This poem uses analogies to describe different objects the writer would like to be.
by Kelis, 826NYC
On the planet Mars, Zoe must defeat the supervillain Zygorn to avenge her family! Wait—was it all a dream?
by Ana, 826DC
A student learns an important lesson about staying calm while recounting a trip to Olive Garden that spiraled out of control!
by Abdinasir, 826 MSP
This poem shares what someone might experience on Halloween.
by Stefany Moreira, Vivi Small, Ana Rosas, Eugenia Rosas, and Jason Carrillo, 826NYC
This poem describes a warmer, tastier world run by young people.
by Lux, 826NYC
A student reflects on their experiences with bullying and how they’ll take a stand in the future.
by Kayamaghi, 826NYC
A lab experiment goes wrong and a humble scientist must save Superhero Land from a super speedy villain!
by Zaid Rodriguez, 826 Valencia
This story immerses the reader in sensory details to tell the tale of what lies behind a mysterious door.
by Alongkorn, 826 New Orleans
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that unlike wasabi gummies, there is no expiration date for making amends.
by Jeffrey, 826DC
In this "I Wish" poem, written in both Spanish and English, a student dreams of a more colorful world.
by Oscar, 826CHI
The story of a lifetime—literally.
by Daphne, 826 Valencia
A girl named Chloe embarks on a heroic mission after discovering a new super-identity: Fluffy Justice!
by 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.
by Salma, Grade 5, 826 Boston
A student reminds herself of the many ways she shines
by Alexa, 826michigan
A poem that tastes like pepperoni pizza.
by Marisa, 826michigan
A series of tweets about an adventurous cat named Marcus. #SuperCat #Meow
by Yaretzi, 826LA
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn how a thoughtful surprise can brighten a friend's day.
by Athena, 826NYC
An "I Am From" superhero persona poem.
by Maia Sears, 826michigan
This student describes exciting things the future will bring, like elevators that can reach space!
by Eric, 826CHI
This student recounts a fictional chat with George Washington about the American Revolution over a meal.
by Ivan Newton Ponce, 826 Valencia
This poem uses sensory details to describe the writer's favorite places.
by Jack, Grade 5, 826 New Orleans
In this transcript, a student shares three clear actions to stand up to bullies.
by Ciaran, 826NYC
A creative field guide to a Mourning Cloak butterfly who lives in New York City.
Ms. Lowe’s Fourth Grade Class at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit, Michigan
An example of a "Neighborhood Poem" created as a class as part of 826Michigan's Rare Air/Aire Raro Young Authors' Book Project.
by Yarely, 826michigan
A poem about grandma. English and Spanish versions included.
by Elena, 826michigan
Thinking of Cherry Coke lip gloss, community, and dancing, this narrator celebrates life from their front stoop.