Cricket Magazine Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories for Children and Young Teens March 2021

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

9 min
the letterbox

Hey, Everybuggy! I’m absolutely obsessed with Cricket magazines, which I have been getting for about two years now. I love Harry Potter and I’m a huge bookworm. I’m super bored at home and I miss my friends, although spending time with family is fun. My favorite Cricket stories are “The Traveler” (September–November/December 2020), “The Tides of Change” (May/June 2020), and “Time-spiral” (February 2020). To Luna Lovegood of Lake Oswego, Oregon (October 2020): Yes, I like chess, but I’m not very good. Naomi M., age 11 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dear Everybuggy, I’ve been getting Cricket for six years but this is the first time I’ve ever written. Excellent publication. I have six (gulp) younger siblings, one cat, one dog, five turkeys, ten guineas, fifteen ducks, and forty-eight chickens. I’m homeschooled and enjoy reading, punning, wandering aimlessly in…

8 min
put on a happy face

“I know what your problem is,” a voice said from the stall door. Sarai threw a look over her shoulder but didn’t pay too much attention to the boy standing outside Amadore’s stall. Her attention was on the bay horse in front of her. “Whoa, boy,” Sarai said, holding out a hand to her horse. “You heard what Dad said yesterday. If I can’t get this halter on you by tomorrow, we’ll have to send you back to the rescue ranch. I don’t want to send you back. I want you to stay with me. Don’t you want to stay with me?” “I know what your problem is,” the boy said again. Sarai sighed, propped her hands on her hips, and turned enough to see the boy but keep Amadore in her sight as…

1 min
sadly outgrown

“Sadly outgrown” reads the adin the newspaperclassifieds“pony for sale to good home,gentle, a pleasure to ride.” Another young rider preparesto give up her pampered best friend,to find a new home for a petwho’ll love her right up to the end. The pony who stood patientlyfor brushing by his eager groom,who carried his rider in shows,won ribbons to brighten her room. Together they mastered the skillsof jumping, dressage, horsemanship.They climbed rocky trails in the hillsand went on a cross-country trip. A new child will take up the reins,to teach the old pony new ways,to spoil him with apples and treatsand bring him the greenest new hay. The first owner’s looking to buya new horse to fit her new size—but she won’t forget her old pal,the pony who taught her to ride.…

8 min
a year and a day

Long ago, near the town of Airncastle, lived two families, the Faldoons and the Bairds. The Faldoon estate spread across acres and acres of rich, fertile land. The Bairds, on the other hand, owned little more than a run-down house and the clothes on their backs. It hadn’t always been that way. Once both families had been well-off, but old Samuel Baird had no head for business. He had borrowed heavily from his good friend Angus Faldoon. Angus was a kindly man who’d turned a blind eye to Samuel’s mounting debt, but when Angus died, the Faldoon estate went to his son, Rodney. Rodney loved nothing beyond money and beautiful possessions, and, of course, the more money he made, the more possessions he could acquire. But there were two things Rodney wanted…

9 min
maggie the indestructible

AT 2:10 A.M. on December 22, 1942, a torpedo rips into an Allied troopship traveling in convoy across the Mediterranean Sea on route to the war in North Africa. The blast causes the ship to list to the right sharply, throwing Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine’s photojournalist, from her bunk. She and the Scottish nurses billeted with her dress quickly in darkness and join six thousand soldiers and four hundred nurses filing to their assigned lifeboat stations. Margaret breaks out of line and heads to a spot on deck to photograph the attack. But when the captain gives the order to abandon ship, Margaret realizes something is even more important than getting a great photograph—saving her own life. That fear-filled night, Margaret escaped the sinking ship in a lifeboat half-filled with water…

5 min
milly and the great seattle fire

A pickier cat might have turned her nose up at licking sawdust out of her fur. But to Milly, Seattle was home. Where else could she feast on the trash left behind the Queen City Chop House, play with the mice at Yesler’s Mill, nap beside the whir of the Seattle Times printing press, enjoy a show at Frye’s Opera House, and end the day with a salmon dinner on the Elliot Bay waterfront? There was also the prestige of living in a woodpile beside the first steam-powered sawmill on Puget Sound. Old Henry Yesler couldn’t have done it without Milly. The wharf where he turned logs into lumber would be overrun by rats without her. June 6, 1889, was a warm, dry day. Milly had checked a few naps off her…