BUY Short Stories

 

 

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    1a The Sea is my Friend

    Jane always thought of the sea as her friend and the waves as her playmates. But one day something happens which changes her mind.
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    1b The Cheeky Magpie

    A magpie with a $5 note in its beak; the perfect opportunity for Craig to get some extra pocket money. But this magpie has other ideas...
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    1c A Dog’s Life

    Jack feels sorry for his dog Ben. A dog's life must be so boring. But as Jack rushes off to school in the cold and the rain and Ben curls up in front of the fire, maybe the dog has the better deal...
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    1d Best Friends

    What has happened to Sophie? A close friendship between a dog and a cat is tested when the cat goes missing on day...
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    1e The First Ride

    It's one thing to want to ride a horse in your mind, but being so close up is another thing. He seemed so huge and alive; his sides heaved as he breathed and his ears twitched...
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    1f The Ice Cream Truck

    Ice creams are on the 'banned food' list in my family. Nana makes an exception when my team wins its first game but she will be in trouble if Mum finds out...
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    1g All I Want for Christmas

    Kate, the tom boy, has her heart set on a go-cart for Christmas but sentimental Mum has other plans...
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    1h Rain Stopped Play

    I was a bit nervous when Dad told me my cousin Josh was coming to stay for a couple of days in the holidays...
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    3a Biscuits for the Teacher

    Stephen really liked his teacher Miss Thomas. He loved it when she smiled at him... he decided he would give her something special...
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    3b Island in the Sun

    The first people that arrived on the island found it covered in trees. Everywhere they looked, there were those troublesome trees..
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    3c Watching Maddie

    Malcolm was so busy with his job he didn't get a chance to watch golf live very often. He also had his family to look after, his wife and their two year old daughter Maddie...
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    3d The Last Straw

    My brothers are so dead. This is the end of the line. I will not come out of my room until I have a plan to destroy them once and for all...
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    3e Superheroes

    Zac never gave up hope. He dreamed that one day his superpowers would arrive and he would be the hero of the town where he lived...
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    3f Vegetables are Yuck

    All his life Ben had hated vegetables. There was something about them that made him feel sick and the vegetable battle with his mother continued...
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    3g The Boy and the Rat

    The sign in the pet shop window said “Rat Sale - Only Five Dollars”.  The boy had always wanted a pet rat. His mother had told him many times that it was never going to happen...
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    3h Elephant Whisperer

    Charlotte came into this world with a special love for elephants. Before she could talk she would gurgle and coo whenever she saw a picture of an elephant...
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    4a Lost in the City

    Imagine that you are eight years old, in a new city, and you have been left alone...
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    4b Time for a Nap

    Reg was working in his garden one afternoon, as he did most afternoons, when an older, tired-looking dog wandered up his driveway...
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    4c Treasure

    A hard working farmer became very ill. He had worked for many years to build up his farm. He had always hoped his sons would work hard and prosper...
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    4d Looking For Work

    Mr Grimly was looking for someone to work in his office. He was a very fussy man. The person he would give the job to would have to be good at reading and counting...
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    4e Who Did It?

    Jen was very proud of her ability to solve mysteries around the home. Would she solve the next big case?
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    4f The Iron Man

    The Iron Man was taking shape. Ever since Jack and Chan, his next-door neighbour, had seen the movie, they had been busy in Jack’s garage...
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    4g Staying Home

    Greta didn’t want to go to school. When her mother came into her room she pretended she was still asleep...
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    4h Deep in the Forest

    Leith and his mates loved playing in the forest. Leith’s house backed onto a huge pine plantation and it was a great playground for busy boys...
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    5a If Only…

    My Uncle Jim was a deer hunter and was always talking about hunting. One Saturday he gave me an old bow and some arrows.  If only...
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    5b The Lesson

    Sally didn't know why she'd done it. Nothing seemed simple anymore. She looked down at her big toe...
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    5c The Perfect Gift

    The cat had chosen its new house carefully. It was north facing, which meant it would catch what little watery sunlight...
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    5d Monday Mornings

    Josh Millar did not like getting up in the morning. He especially hated getting up on Monday mornings, so when the alarm clock rang he...
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    5e New Beginnings

    Life was hard. The men from our village had to work all day every day in the forests or on the fishing boats...there was less land to share around and no prospect of things getting better...
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    5f Just Desserts

    Jack was hanging out at the local mall one Saturday afternoon. His mother left him some money to get something to eat...
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    5g The Un-Washable Truck

    "Hey Sam, do you want to earn ten dollars?” asked Dad. Sam’s ears pricked up. He put his X-Box on pause and turned to face Dad...
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    5h Princess Erina

    In a land not too far away from here, there lived a beautiful princess named Erina. Sadly, her parents had died and Erina lived alone in a high grey stone tower...
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    5i Win-Win

    Teban and Lucilla had always worked hard and cheerfully faced the difficulties of harsh weather, high seas, and chicken thieves. But now they were growing tired...
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    6a Roland Fish Rises Up

    Roland Fish was extremely large and awkward for his age. He sometimes stuttered and was below average in his school grades...
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    6b There’s Nothing Like a Good Book

    Paul was a very active boy with a vivid imagination and this dreary adult lifestyle didn’t suit him well. Thank goodness for his sense of adventure...
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    6c Hot Plasma On The Rocks

    A searing hot laser beam flashed across the nose of Matt's ship as he frantically hauled on the controls...
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    6d The Machine

    Bill worked for The World Machine Company. He had a desk in a small room in the basement of the company's giant office building. His job was to come up with good ideas...
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    6e Grandad’s Blood Pressure Pills

    "You did WHAT?" rings loudly in my ears.  Mum's panicking as she tries to get me into the car as fast as is humanly possible...
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    6f There When You Need Us

    Nathan winced as he tried to move his leg. He sincerely regretted his impulsive decision to go climbing...
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    6g Time Warp

    History was the subject that bored Jack the most. Today's lesson was about the Middle Ages; knights and ladies, jesters...
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    6h ICT Outdoors

    "I was not designed for sports," I moan as I mumble my way to the back of the queue. The idea of another game on that field makes me feel physically ill...
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    6i Gon Tao-soon

    “Don’t be sad,” whispered the wise old man. “This is how it was meant to end.” He lay motionless on the uneven rock...
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    7a A Brush with the Dark Side

    There was a disappointing message written in Mr Foster’s spidery writing . . . “Three out of twenty five. Detention after school"...
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    7b Another Chance

    Astrid touched the mirror's surface with her finger. It rippled like water in a still lake. Would she plunge through it this time?...
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    7c Airport

    I'm glued against the back seat of the well used, almost expired, family car trying to avoid thinking about my first plane ride...
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    7d The Substitute

    Georgina was by far the brainiest student at the Boffinham School for Very Brainy Students. It wasn't really her fault that she was always in trouble...
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    7e The Quest

    Somewhere amidst the thoughtlessly discarded cast-offs of the thousands of footy fans, intent only on watching today's game ... somewhere in there lay the object of the old man's determined search...
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    7f Herman’s Magpie

    Fletch was dead. Herman found him cold and stiff on the bottom of his cage when he went to feed him one morning. Herman was stunned...
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    8a In Control

    What would she know about the issues I'm supposedly going through? Clearly she has never had a problem with her weight...
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    8b Waiting in the Wings

    I take a few deep breathes - in through the nose and out through the mouth.  The smell of musty stage curtains fills my nostrils...
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    8c Queen Bee

    My mother tried to lecture me about what she called the "Queen Bee Syndrome", but I was too preoccupied with maintaining my place in the pecking order to consider what she was going on about...
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    8d Bus Stop

    Frank, with his heart pounding in his chest and sweat on his brow, heaved a sigh of relief as the bus trundled around the corner. He was often 'distracted', but not today...
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    8e The Perfect Solution

    The family had been desperate for a house-sitter in their expensive downtown apartment while they travelled for their summer vacation...
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    9a The Main Event

    "Are you ready to RUMBLE?!!"  The crowd, a loose assortment of inattentive boofheads, crystallises into an expectant oneness...
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    9b Going Ballistic

    He tentatively jumped out of the hole he was sheltering in, and sat snugly in his starting position. Before he could orientate himself, something smacked him in the back...
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    9c The Girl Next Door

    Two hours into a treehouse stakeout overlooking the new neighbour's backyard, Zac was once again having serious misgivings about his brother's newfound obsession...
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    9d A Moment in the Sun

    To put it bluntly, when it came to sport, Amanda sucked! Despite all her other accomplishments, she dreamed of cutting the tape in the 100 metres dash...
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    9e Finding My Place

    The smell of wood smoke hangs thick in the air and the sounds of the bar hum around me. My saxophone is cold against my hands...
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    9f Saving McDonalds

    Ever since the twins Jackson and Jeffrey could remember, the long summer holidays had always been spent at McDonald's Family Camp. This was no ordinary family camp...
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    All Short Stories – Levels 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 10

    Purchase all 59 Short Stories at once. Have them on hand ready to print for use with your reading groups. These are great for readers who can decode and now need to work on the comprehension skills. All texts come with follow up activities.