A Web of Shooting Stars

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Written by Emily Wu, age 13

I reach out to slam my laptop shut, but something stops me. The wall in front of me, plastered with fan art and letters and prints, fades. The thoughts are waiting in the shadows to reel me in. it won’t catch me like a net. It will trap me like a web. But I can’t stop reading the words. This author is sooo overhyped. They spin over and over again on the glowing screen; until they set themselves on fire and bore into my mind, setting my anxiety aflame. They brand me. They burn. I tell myself I love this life, the fame, the money. It’s all I’ve ever dreamed of. Overrated. Impostor. They burn. I am a star, a star, a celebrity.

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The Cake

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May 2021 story contest winner.

                                                                         By Grace Gabrielle Jasmine, age 5

It was a Tuesday morning and when I woke up it was snowing. I was so excited to go to school because it is my birthday. Today I’m 6.

On my way to school I dug in the snow and found two special treasures; a real heart of Tafiti and a golden purse full of treasures.

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