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Cricket Magazine Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories for Children and Young Teens

Cricket Magazine Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories for Children and Young Teens April 2019

Perhaps no other single publication has inspired generations of readers as CRICKET has. Acclaimed for its high-quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and brilliant illustrations, CRICKET delivers intelligent, imaginative content that encourages readers to develop their own, unique creativity. Frequent contests encourage young writers to try their hand at various genres. Grades 4-8

United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
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$5.45(Incl. tax)
$34.06(Incl. tax)
9 Issues


9 min.
the letterbox

Dear Everybuggy, I’ve been getting your mag for two years and I absolutely love it! Zoot, I have been playing the violin for five or six years and I am trying to convince my four-year-old sister to play cello. Right now she has her heart set on playing guitar. Who is your favorite composer? I can’t decide between Mozart and Beethoven. Ladybug, I know everyone says this, but I’ll say it again. Try to be a little bit less bossy. How would you feel if someone bossed you around? Pussy-willow, you are the most adorable thing ever! I love reading and I seem to devour books. Both of my parents are college English professors, so I guess it makes sense. My favorite books are Harry Potter, Harry Potter, and Harry Potter! Who else…

8 min.
the finch

Not everyone considers their classrooms at night. When the bell rings, the final backpacks clear away, and the teachers wearily lock their doors and pull cars, headlights sweeping, from the lot, a school becomes a quiet, lonesome place. Dull, mute corridors contrast with the echoes of daytime shouts and chatter. Sinks in darkened bathrooms drip quietly, and solitary bits of trash drift listlessly over lunch tables in the dying evening breeze. The life of a school goes out with the sun. But in the darkened classroom with the number 268, there was a little sign of life. A small reminder of the animated day. A tiny bird, a finch, was hopping methodically across her cage. Room 268 was a science classroom, and the teacher who occupied it kept finches. She liked them…

1 min.
did you know?

Great horned owls adapt to many habitats, living from the Arctic to South America, in deserts and swamps, in grasslands and woodlands. Great horned owls swallow their small prey whole, later regurgitating a pellet made of undigested fur, claws, feathers, skulls, and bones. The average great horned owl is about 20 inches tall with a 55-inch wingspan. The eyes of the great horned owl are too large to move in their sockets. Instead, an owl can twist its head 270 degrees to the left or right to see what’s around it. The pupils of an owl’s eyes can dilate to almost the full diameter of its eyeballs, giving owls keen night vision.…

6 min.
papa g’ho: ne grumpy great horned owl

CLACK! CLACK! CLACK! Papa G’Ho puffs out his feathers and claps his beak. He’s angry. Get back, human! This baby is mine! CLACK! CLACK! CLACK! Baby owl puffs out its feathers and claps its beak, too. That’s right, human! Back off! Papa G’Ho, with his flattened “horns”—tufts of feathers that look like ears—is one grumpy owl. As a surrogate father he’s teaching the little owlet to be wary of humans. And that’s a good thing. Without this wariness, the baby owl, even when an adult, would not be able to survive in the wild. The owlet, patient #16-0097, was brought to the Wildlife Center of Virginia when it was about three weeks old. Loggers clearing trees had destroyed its nest. One of the loggers found the baby great horned owl, just a bundle of…

4 min.
fox wedding

THE SKY, OF course, clouds over when it rains. But every once in a while, the sun shines even as rain is falling. When Japanese people see a sun shower, they say, “Look—the fox bride is going to her husband’s house!” Here’s why. Long ago, two fox families arranged for their children to be married when they grew up. But the families lived far apart, and the daughter and son never even saw each other—only the four parents had actually met. The fox-son’s parents were noble but poor and wanted to be paid a big dowry. The bride’s parents wanted their daughter to marry into a noble family so other foxes would look up to them. So the parents lied to each other. The son’s parents said he was handsome beyond words. The…

7 min.
ida lewis, the heroine of lime rock lighthouse

ON THE AFTERNOON of March 29, 1869, Zoradia Lewis was doing what she did many times each day, gazing out a window of the lighthouse on Lime Rock Island in Newport, Rhode Island. Choppy waves leapt to meet sheets of rain. The sun struggled to light the sky over Narragansett Bay. And yet, she could swear she saw an overturned boat with two men clinging to its slippery sides. Zoradia called her daughter, Ida. Ida ran outside without pausing to grab a coat or boots. She and her younger brother Hosea pushed their lifesaving skiff into the surf. Again and again, the waves forced the little boat back to shore. Ida would not give up, and finally pulled the oars hard enough to launch. Despite the rough seas, they made steady…