I love how this contest pushes me out of my comfort zone and gets my creative juices flowing!
I’ll list the three short stories in no particular order. I sincerely hope that at least one will pique your interest!
eighteen years, Jewel has known little beyond hopelessness and hunger. Barely
existing in a ramshackle cabin, on the edge of a Louisiana swamp with her
little sister and their mother, she sees no way to stop the downward spiral.
When her mother falls gravely ill, Jewel learns that her life is about to take
a drastic turn. But will it lead to joy or more devastation?
Take a heart-warming journey with Jewel as she struggles to rise from the clutches of poverty and shame.
At the tender age of fourteen, Jennifer shoulders the full
responsibility of running a household and caring for her seven-year-old sister.
It’s bad enough that their father is lost at war in Afghanistan, but troubles
multiply when their so-called mother abandons them for another man. Hardships
and struggles are constant companions. Family is whatever Jennifer can make it. That’s
the way the cards have been dealt, and that’s the way she’ll play them.
This strong young girl meets every obstacle head-on, while never losing hope for a better tomorrow.
Claire Winters is heartbroken when her husband of many years says he’s found a new love and wants a divorce. While having a pity party with her best friend, Jade, they come up with a daring idea. Together, they construct a Voodoo doll and with the help of several bottles of wine, create a ceremony to bring the same heartbreak to Daniel Winters as he brought to Claire. But do they go too far? You decide!
D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.
Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel of middle-schooler Ellie Collins, daughter of award-winning author Stephanie Collins. Boys and girls alike will appreciate Ellie’s keen eye for the challenges of growing up that she and her friends must face. Discover the wonderful writing of Ellie now, then follow her to learn about her writing and more books to come.
MY 5 STAR REVIEW:
This is such a heartwarming story about a girl starting middle school in a new town, new school and without her mom. It’s just her and her dad. I loved the relationship depicted between the young girl and her father, both trying to find their way. The book is well-written and to know it was written by a ten-year-old is mind-blowing. I loved every aspect of this book from the rendezvous in the garden with the mythical Goddess, Persephone to the challenges of trying to fit in at an awkward age in life. The messages are powerful in this book. ‘Be yourself no matter what’ is a strong message. And, if you stay true to yourself, everything will fall into place. The book also touches on how a child deals with her grief at the loss of a parent. I highly recommend this book for teens and tweens. I think everyone can learn something from Daisy Bold & Beautiful. My hat is off to the young author!