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

1 min
cover and border

“Back to School” cut paper, pastel, and colored pencil As far back as I remember, my favorite activity was drawing. I was lucky to be encouraged by always having plenty of paper and pencils available. I made paper villages and paper dolls. I let my imagination wander. I have continued those early activities as I grew up. I still make whimsical paper houses and I still love to sit and sketch. I use cut paper for my illustrations. I add details with colored pencils and pastels. After many years in Atlanta, I moved to Cape Cod, where the winters are not as mild but being by the ocean makes up for it.…

9 min
the letterbox

Hi, Everybuggy! Your magazine is awesome! My older sister started getting these magazines in 2012, and whenever she got them I thought they were the most boring things in the world. It wasn’t until around 2017 when I tried a couple and found out I loved them! I store them in a large box in my room and go through them and read the awesome stories. I got my own subscription for Christmas and I’m entering the “Behind the Lens” photography contest (March 2021). I’m a serious Harry Potter fan. I couldn’t help notice that Ladybug reminds me of Hermione Granger, only worse (no offense or anything). Ladybug, maybe you should see an anger-management counselor. Muffin, I love horses, too (especially palominos and buckskins). My favorite movies are Back to the Future, Midway,…

7 min
brain soup

TOBY STOOD UP next to his desk. He wore a purple shirt that showed his tummy when he raised his arms. His face was ruddy and always looked like he had just rushed to wherever he was. He wiped his hands on his shorts and said, “Hi, I’m Toby.” Everyone said, “Hi, Toby.” His face matched Ms. Wilson’s red pen. “Toby, why don’t you come up to the front of the classroom?” Ms. Wilson perched on the corner of her desk. Toby stood still for a moment and then inched his way to the front of the class. He was new to the school, and the class watched him expectantly. “Toby, what would you like to share about your summer?” Ms. Wilson crossed her ankles and tapped her shoes together. Her shoes were the color…

10 min
to save arrhinsal

TOLIN CRAWLED FORWARD, staying alert. All around, the dense, wiry thickets of the hedge were strangely silent. That usually meant danger, when the green tangle of thorns should be cheery with the songs of finches, the dusky clucking of hedge hens. On hands and knees, Tolin eased beneath low branches. He was able to stand up in a clearing. Walls of briar encircled it, and several natural tunnels came together. He would find plenty here to fill his rucksack—herbs, mushrooms, gooseberries . . . The hedge provided for those willing to come into its shady, secret world, where the stems curled like tunnel walls. The knobby roots made stairways, and pools of sunlight revealed treasures for the stewpot in a land where hunger always lurked. In Tolin’s village, even the very…

2 min
favorite first sentences

“UNDERWATER, WEBS COULDN’T HEAR THE SCREAMS OF DYING DRAGONS.” THE LOST HEIR (Wings of Fire, Book 2) by Tui T. Sutherland submitted by Beatrix via email “By 1899, we had learned to tame the darkness but not the Texas heat.” THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly submitted by Lillian R. Walsh of Cambridge, MA “WHEN MR. BILBO BAGGINS OF BAG END ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD SHORTLY BE CELEBRATING HIS ELEVENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY WITH A PARTY OF SPECIAL MAGNIFICENCE, THERE WAS MUCH TALK AND EXCITEMENT IN HOBBITON.” THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien submitted by Rohan H. of Albany, NY “Whenever Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a new room or two.” TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George submitted by Katelyn L. of Longmont, CO “IT WAS…

6 min
lighter than air the amazing story of helium

DID YOU EVER hold a helium balloon on a string and feel it tug toward the sky? Have you ever let go and watched the balloon fly away, growing smaller and smaller until it finally disappeared? Why should a helium balloon behave this way? Helium is lighter than air. While Earth’s gravity pulls on everything, the Earth pulls harder on the air above the balloon than it does on the helium inside. When you let go of the string, gravity pulls this air downward, and the balloon is pushed upward by the sinking air. You’ve felt the same thing if you’ve tried to hold a hollow plastic ball under water. Gravity pulls harder on the water than on the lighter ball. If you let go, the ball zooms up through the water,…