Cricket Magazine Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories for Children and Young Teens October 2020

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.
9 Issues

in this issue

1 min
cover and border

“Ghost Stories” watercolor, ink, and digital Lee spends his days breathing life into his imaginary world. He works primarily in watercolor but likes to include all sorts of media, such as ink, colored pencil, and collage. Lee graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and earned his Master of Fine Arts in illustration, also with honors, from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He has illustrated a number of children’s books, including Emma and the Whale; Love, Santa; and Kate, Who Tamed the Wind. He has also done commercial work for various clients, including Marks & Spencer, Amazon, Laika, United Airlines, Verizon, Disney, and National Geographic. When he is not busy illustrating, Lee teaches all of his watercolor secrets through the Society of Visual Storytelling, an online art…

9 min
the letterbox

Dear Everybuggy, Our grandparents got my older sister Ana Jean a subscription to Cricket for Christmas 2019. After she reads it, I get to. I am terrible at spelling, math, and grammar. I’ve been homeschooled since second grade. I love to read, write, and draw. I also like to sew. I want to make a dress for myself or one of my siblings. I used to take ballet, but with six kids we had too much going on with school, sports, and music. So we quit all our sports and now do only one: climbing at a bouldering gym. A few days ago we were looking in little free libraries, and I found in one of them a Cricket magazine from December 1977! It was ssssoooooo different from the ones now! I…

8 min
the new arrival

Maya had never visited the public library before, and at this rate it looked like she never would. She knew it was around here somewhere, but the fog was so thick she could barely see her sneakers. Putting off her homework had been a mistake, but getting lost in her own neighborhood? That was just embarrassing. She realized she’d been anxiously squeezing and bending her mom’s library card. Maya put it in her pocket so she wouldn’t snap it in two. She looked to the right and saw she was standing in front of a black iron gate. The fog hid everything but the first and last two letters on the arch above her: “FR” and “RY.” “Finally!” she said. The Franklin Library. She saw a dark, boxy shape ahead. As she walked closer,…

1 min
dear unwelcome visitors

I do not want your eye of newt, Your weasel teeth, your mandrake root. Stop leaving me your fingernails, And spider legs, and serpent tails. I never asked for raven wings. What kind of person brings such things? I cannot turn these “gifts” to charms To shield you from all ills and harms. I have no spells for luck or fame. I can’t foretell your true love’s name. My potions cannot make you rich. For the last time, I’m not a witch! I know I live beside the bog, In this old cottage, wreathed in fog, And yes, I own black cloaks and hats And several very well-trained cats, But I’ve no power to enchant. And honestly, I’m glad I can’t. You hate your neighbor? Well, a curse Would only make your feuding…

9 min
the traveler

Part 2 Wandering around after school one day, Jamie finds herself in an unfamiliar part of town. Lost and with night falling, she follows a white cat up to a ramshackle house filled with valuable antiques. An old man named Eddy lives there, and over tea and cakes, he tells her that he’s a time traveler. He says he brought Caesar, the white cat, home with him from Persia. He claims to have sailed to the New World with Christopher Columbus and helped George Washington Carver discover the fifty-ninth use for the peanut. When Jamie gets up to leave, Eddy hands her some coins so she can call home from a gas station pay phone. He also tells her that he would be glad if she came to see him again.…

7 min
grandpa’s magic hat

MY GRANDPA HAD a hat, a plain old wide-brimmed straw with a red band around the crown. Strange thing was, he never wore the hat. He just kept it on a stand on his dresser, like it was something special. One day my brother Luke and I were in Grandpa’s room, helping him sort his fishing tackle. The hat caught Luke’s eye. “Grandpa, you never wear that old straw hat,” he said. “Why do you keep it?” Grandpa picked up the hat. “This here’s a magic hat, Luke,” he said, his voice whispery low, like in a scary movie. Luke’s eyes almost popped out of his head. “A magic hat?” Grandpa nodded. “It can bring things to life.” I’m three years older than Luke and a whole lot wiser. “Come…