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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 July/August 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


1 min.
cricket us

CRICKET STAFF Lonnie Plecha Editor Anna Lender Art Director Patrick Murray Designer Carolyn Digby Conahan Staff Artist Deborah Vetter Senior Contributing Editor Julie Peterson Copyeditor Emily Cambias Assistant Editor Adrienne Matzen Permissions Specialist CRICKET ADVISORY BOARD Marianne Carus Founder and Editor-in-Chief from 1972–2012 Kieran Egan Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Betsy Hearne Professor, University of Illinois, Champaign; Critic, Author Sybille Jagusch Children’s Literature Specialist Linda Sue Park Author Katherine Paterson Author Barbara Scharioth Former Director of the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany Anita Silvey Author, Critic Sandra Stotsky Professor of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Roger Sutton Editor-in-Chief of The Horn Book Magazine, Critic Ann Thwaite Author, Critic…

1 min.
cover and border

“Watching the Fireworks” Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Kevin Kelly is a digital illustrator who has been in the business of image-making and design for over twenty years. His illustrations have brought fun and excitement to objects ranging from billboards and banners to board games and children’s books. He is fascinated by science and space and loves to imagine—and draw!—what new discoveries might be made in our future. Is it time to renew? shop.cricketmedia.com 1-800-821-0115…

9 min.
the letterbox

Hello! My mom got me a Cricket subscription for my birthday, and I’m really liking it! I have eight brothers and two sisters. I really love reading and swimming and baking. Some of the books I enjoy are The Gates of Heaven series by C. S. Lakin, the Redwall books by Brian Jacques, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson, and the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. By the way, I’m in Ravenclaw, and my Patronus is a hare. What books do all you bugs like? Book Dragon/Hermione Granger, age 12 Deer Park, Washington Oh, we like so many books! We could fill over two pages with the list, but then we wouldn’t have room for readers’ letters. So, I’ll just name a few here: The Cricket…

7 min.
katie and gulliver

“KEE-AAH! KEE-AAH! KEE-AAH! “Gulliver’s back!” Katie’s first morning at Uncle Ralph’s Seaview Resort was always the same. When she and her dad arrived, the huge one-legged gull showed up, too. On the day they left for home, Gulliver disappeared as well. “It’s amazing,” Uncle Ralph said. “I’d swear that bird knows your holiday plans.” It had happened every summer . . . until now. Katie waited for Gulliver’s familiar, raucous wake-up call. Instead, she heard sparrows arguing in the bushes beside the cottages. She heard fishing boats chugging away in the morning mist. She heard wavelets slurp-slop under the wooden docks. She didn’t hear Gulliver. “Maybe he missed the ferry,” Dad teased. “I bet he found a new girlfriend,” said Uncle Ralph. Katie pushed the cereal around in her bowl. “He’s not coming.” “Wait and see,” Dad said, and…

8 min.
the dock boy of rainy lake

Fourteen-year-old Will slips on a life jacket, shoves the boat away from the dock, and quicksteps onto the bow. He takes two strides to the back of his boat, tilts the prop of the fifteen-horsepower motor into the water, flips a switch, and with a yank of a cord, the engine snaps to life. It’s 6:20 a.m., and he heads east on Rainy Lake for work. He squints at the orange-pink sky that fades into a light blue. Sunglasses slide over his eyes as the boat skips across the mirror lake surface and the engine whines. Grass-green patches of wild rice and cattails line the coves and bays. Goldeneye and mallard ducks paddle out of his way. Loons with babies on their backs laugh at him, and bald eagles glide overhead.…

1 min.
summer better than others

How does the ocean welcome you to the beach? It waves. Where did Cinderella get sand in her shoes? At a beach ball Why did the hot dog celebrate after the Fourth of July race? It was a wiener! What was the name of George Washington’s dog? Yankee Poodle Why do spiders play the outfield at baseball games? They’re good at catching flies. What kind of relatives don’t you want at a picnic? Ants Why did the rabbit sign the Declaration of Independence? For life, liberty, and the pursuit of hoppiness…