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The Greatest Grease Story Ever

From When the Carnival is Closed

By Dionne Beals, Grade 4

One day, there was a man name Danny. His last name was Zuko. What do you think that name is from? I will give you a hint. It’s from a movie. It’s from Grease.

Danny’s hair is black and in braids. He is hot and romantic and he has a six-pack. He is eleven feet tall. And he's good at break dancing. His favorite is white and black. He wears a white t-shirt and his leather black jacket. He also wears black pants and all-star shoes.

One day, Danny was walking and he saw a smoking hot woman. She was ten feet and was a little weak and a little strong. She wore poodle skirts, and she was a great ice skater. Her hair was blonde. And she was in the Pink Girl club. Her favorite color was pink and white.

Danny ran to her and said, “What shaking, lady?”

She said, “Nothing’s shaking for you, baby.” Then, it was nighttime and he went to sleep.

The next day, Danny saw the woman and her name was Sandy. Her last name was Dee.

Danny said, “My name is Danny, Danny Zuko. Zuko is my last name.”

Sandy laughed, and then Danny said, “I will pick you up at 7:00pm.”

She said, “How do you know I was going to say yes?”

Danny said, “Yes.”

Sandy said, “Sure. Bye.”

Danny said “Bye.”

After Sandy left he said, “Yes yes yes YES!”

It was 7:00pm. Danny went to the steps of Sandy’s house and rang the doorbell.

He said, “I brought you some flowers.” 

The flowers were a bunch of red roses.

Sandy said, “They are beautiful.” She went to go put the flowers in a pot.

Danny was wearing a black suit. His shoes were black, his tie was red, and his hair was smoothed down. Sandy was wearing a black dress.

Danny said, “You look beautiful.”

“Thank you, you look nice.” Sandy said.

Danny asked, “Are you ready to go?”

Sandy said, “Where are we going?”

He said, “Where going to Red Lobster.”

She said, “Yes! I love Red Lobster.”

He said, “Me too.”

After they ate, Danny took Sandy home. He looked into her eyes and said, “You have beautiful eyes.”

She said, “Thank you.” Then he kissed her on the lips—xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx—for minutes.

She said, “Wow, thanks.”

Then he said, “I guess we are boyfriend and girlfriend.”

She said, “I guess we are. Bye. x”

He said, “Bye. x”

But his house key was in the car then Sandy had to come to help. Then looked each other in the eye and they knew they were meant for each other.


A Place Above Your Head

From I Need Everyone to see my Sparkles
By Cyrus LeMoine, Grade 4

There is a place above your head. It is invisible. It represents your mood. The people in it act out your mood. If you are angry, they are angry and fight. If you are happy, they are happy and shake hands and eat ice cream. If you are sad, they cry and mope around. They look exactly like you. The buildings they live in are three-story houses.

The houses also act your mood, too. If you are angry, the houses scowl and their windows break. If you are happy, the houses smile and are in perfect condition. If you are sad, the buildings frown and the plumbing leaks. If you are sad, it rains. If you are happy, it’s sunny. If you are angry, there is a thunderstorm.

If you fight someone, the places crash together and the people on them fight each other. Everyday, they eat every single thing on the food triangle. They are very healthy. They speak Gobbledygook.

“Binobo shuf spug” means “Welcome to my world.”


The Day I Saw Aliens

From I Need Everyone to See My Sparkles
By Catherine Galvan, Grade 3

One normal day I was playing a game as usual when all of a sudden I saw a green light outside of my window. I was scared at first, then I was not for some reason.

I went outside and the light was far away. It was green and I got closer to it. It was an alien! They were big like a giant and they felt like wallpaper. Their mouth was a circle. They had no nose and their eyes were yellow. But I was not scared. If other people would be with me they would come out running.

Then I beat up the alien. An army of aliens started to attack but then I beat them all up. I was pretty lucky to be in karate class. No wonder my mom wanted me to be in it. It was because she was involved with this. I decided I’d ask her after I finished beating up all these aliens—wait, I am done.

I went inside and told my mom, “Are you involved with all of the alien stuff?”
My mom answered, “Maybe I am. Maybe I am not.”

Then I went to my room to figure out who was involved with this instead of my mom. I kept asking my mom the same question over and over, and the same answer came out of her mouth.

Finally she said, “I am involved with all the alien stuff.”

She also said, “Well, honey pie, the aliens were my friends and I wanted you to meet the alien. They just came to say hi to you and me.”


Gwieger’s Great Adventure

Gwieger the turgacorn lived in Candyland. Gwieger was part turtle, part unicorn, and part pegasus. He had a green shell, a short, blue horn protruding from his head, and red and pink striped wings. He lived inside a giant candy cane, on Jolly Rancher Way, and spent every day sitting inside eating candy for his job as a candy reviewer. However, Gwieger found himself very unhappy, so he decided to go to Univille where unicorns and pegasi roamed freely.

Gwieger left his candy cane home and began his mystical journey to Univille. Unfortunately, he ran into someone he wasn’t expecting--Dr. William Evil, the pandacorn. Gwieger was plodding through the licorice jungle, trying to navigate through all of the licorice vines hanging from the trees, when suddenly, Dr. William jumped out from his secret lair in the great licorice tree, and shouted in an outburst, “HALT THERE, TURGACORN! No one goes past my lair without making me laugh!”

Gwieger wasn’t sure if he could make the mighty horned panda laugh, but he started with a joke, “Ok, Dr. Evil, here’s a joke. What’s big, evil, with a golden horn, and white and black fur?”

“I give up,” said Dr. William. “What is it?”

“YOU!” shouted Gwieger, as he giggled nervously.

“Not funny at all, turgacorn! You have one more chance, or I’ll turn you into bamboo for my afternoon snack!”

Gwieger thought and thought about being funny, and as he did, he flapped his wings, trying to fly away and escape. His wings were too small to allow him to fly, but he managed to get a few inches off the ground. As he hovered there in mid-air, trying to keep himself in flight, Dr. William Evil began to laugh hysterically at the struggling turgacorn.

“HA! I made you laugh! Now let me pass!” exclaimed Gwieger as he stopped flapping and landed on the ground.

“You made me laugh, so you may pass, turgacorn. But I’m warning you, this won’t be the last time you see me on your journey to Univille,” sneered Dr. William.

Gwieger walked on past the pandacorn, and continued. He walked and walked until he got tired and decided to take a nap on a bed of cotton candy at the base of a licorice tree. When Gwieger awoke, he couldn’t move, because Dr. William Evil had tied him to the tree with licorice vines.

As Dr. William looked on, Gwieger yelled, “This is outrageous! Why would you do this?”

“I told you that you’d see me again! Now I’m going to turn you into my snack,” growled Dr. Evil as he approached the helpless Gwieger.

Gwieger had no way to escape. He squeezed his eyes shut, and hoped for the best. He heard a rustling in the licorice bush off to the right, and opened one eye, and saw the biggest, most beautiful, white pegasus with a golden horn and silver wings. The pegasus, who was much larger than Dr. William Evil, towered over the panda and shouted at him, “My name is Shreena, and I am the mayor of Univille! I am here to escort this turgacorn to his new home. Unhand him!”

Dr. William Evil was terrified of the giant Shreena, and cowered back into the jungle, and to his lair. Shreena bent down, and began to eat the licorice that was binding Gwieger.

Shreena motioned for Gwieger to climb onto her back, and after he did, they flew off toward Univille. As they passed under the most beautiful rainbow Gwieger had ever seen, he whispered to Shreena, “Thank you for rescuing me.”

Once he thanked the mayor of Univille, Gwieger transformed into a full-grown green pegasus, with a shimmering blue horn, tortoise-shell saddle, and red and white striped wings that he used to fly the rest of the way to his new home.

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