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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 March 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

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United States
语言:
English
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Cricket Media, Inc.
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cover and border

“The First Rock Band” Digital Robert Meganck is Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently working on his fourth book with author Leslie Bulion for Peachtree Publishing Company, Spi-ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs. His previous three books with the same author and publisher are Leaf Litter Critters, Superlative Birds, and Amphibian Acrobats. As related to this cover, it should be noted that Robert loves all things “Rock and Roll.” Is it time to renew? shop.cricketmedia.com 1-800-821-0115…

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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 Stacey Lane Smith 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…

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the letterbox

Dear Cricket, Hello! I absolutely love the one and only Cricket magazine. My little sister gets them, and I like to read them to her. I’ve always wanted to publish a story in your magazine, but my older sister (I have six) says I’d have to be older. My favorite buggies are Ladybug and Tater, and my favorite stories are probably “Yuliya’s Fawn,” “The Magic Seeds,” and “Thoko’s Gift” (all November/December 2019). Tashlon Schauermann, age 10 Snyder, Colorado Dear Tashlon, The only place we publish stories by young people is in Cricket League. There is a new contest described in each magazine. Look for the current theme and rules on page 47 and at cricketmagkids.com/contests . Possible categories include story, poetry, and art. We would love to see a story by you in Cricket League. Happy…

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the human map

JUST AFTER DAWN, the humans’ starboat zoomed away through the clouds. Aliri had expected that, since the humans had arrived on her world just as quickly two months earlier. What Aliri had not expected was for her younger brother to come running from the village as the starboat’s hum faded. “Where are the humans?” Otero panted. “Gone.” Aliri frowned at her brother. Their people almost never ran. Otero craned his neck, as if he could stretch it to see over the clouds. “Already? They went so quickly.” Aliri returned to picking the berries she was harvesting. “Humans always hurry, rushing around to see this and that. Even their speech is almost too quick to understand.” Otero put his head in his hands. “I thought I had more time.” Aliri had never seen him like this. “We…

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lithophones: rocks that sing

Everyone knows that rocks can make noise. Toss one in the water—KERSPLASH! Drop one on the ground—THUNK! Throw a rock through a window—CRASH! OH NO! But some rocks actually make musical sounds when struck with another rock or with a hammer. A general name for any musical rock is lithophonea combination of the Latin words for rock and sound. Humans have used lithophones to play “rock music” for thousands of years. ROCK GONGS In 1955, archeologist Bernard Fagg studied ancient rock paintings in Nigeria. He noticed that some of the rocks were pockmarked where someone had pounded on them over and over again six to eight thousand years ago. Why were ancient people pounding on rocks? Fagg tried tapping the worn places on the stones. Ting! Ding! He produced bell-like sounds. He remembered seeing…

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something for nothing

MCMULLEN WAS A lazy lout. He was hiding out in the mulberry bush one afternoon when he smelled the tarts a-baking. Following his nose to his mother’s kitchen, McMullen reached for a warm tart and received a rap on his fingers from Ma’s wooden spoon. “Boy, get on your legs and get to workin’ in the fields,” said his ma. “Farmer Duffy is always willing to pay a hard worker. Earn some gold, then you can win yourself a sweetheart, build yourself a house, and be out from under my feet.” “Nay, Mammy,” said McMullen, “’tis too hot a day for workin’. I’ll take some tarts to tempt the faery folk instead. Then I’ll have your wishes for me granted without lifting a finger.” “Hush your nonsense,” said his ma, grinning. “Off with…