Science Fiction & Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy both feature a setting, characters, or objects that do not exist or can not exist in the real world. Science fiction focuses on inventions, discoveries, or technology that are a part of the future. The plot often deals with man’s interaction with this new scientific marvel. A work of fantasy focuses on magic, super powers, and mystical creatures. In many fantasies, the plot action revolves around a journey, quest, or task that must be completed by the main characters.

Alexander and the Jewels

Alexander pushed with all his might against a huge stone. “I saw a wizard put jewels behind the stone. If we can move it, they’ll be ours. We’ll be rich.” “It’s too heavy for us to move,” said Raja. He leaned against the rock and wiped his forehead. “We can…

Charlie Meets His Match

A chipmunk twitched his tail as he lay hidden deep under the fallen leaves. It was cold outside, wintertime was approaching, but he was snug in his den in the woods, tucked underground beneath a fallen log and covered by a crunchy carpet of faded autumn leaves. Charlie had a…

The Homesick Connecticut Yankee

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is the story of Hank Morgan, a 19th century Connecticut man, who suffers a blow to the head and is transported back centuries to the time of King Arthur. Once there he has many adventures while he struggles to apply 19th century American…

Goldfish Hide and Seek

Today was the school carnival. Jimmy was excited. He wanted to win a prize at the game table. Jimmy stepped up to the first booth. “Hello, there!” called Mr. Ames. Mr. Ames was the school music teacher. “Would you like to try my game? Just toss a small ball into one…

Diana Visits the Farm

“Happy birthday to me!” Diana opened her eyes. It was very early, but her little brother Carl was already awake. Was it really Carl’s birthday? Diana went downstairs. Mom was making pancakes and decorating them with chocolate chips. Diana knew it really was Carl’s birthday because these pancakes were his favorite.…

Rocky and the Squirrels

Rocky Raccoon was playing by himself at the park. He noticed a group of squirrels nearby, playing soccer with an acorn. It looked like fun, and Rocky wished he could play too. However, thinking about talking to others made him nervous and he wasn’t sure how to start. Why would…

The Deadly Desert Crossed

This passage is from The Road to Oz, a sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In this book, Dorothy meets new friends on her way to visit Oz again. The shaggy man is a wandering man that she and her dog, Toto, met in Kansas. Button-Bright is a little…

Rikki’s Ride

Rikki was a monkey. She was small, with light gray fur and a black face. She lived in the grassy, flat savanna with her family and friends. The savanna was in Africa, so Rikki often saw other animals playing, resting, and searching for food. Rikki was always hungry. She ate mostly leaves and seeds,…

Stop That Noodle!

Mario and his brothers were cooking dinner as a surprise for their parents. Vincent was stirring the spaghetti as it cooked in a pot of hot water. Joseph was opening the jar of fresh tomato sauce his mother had made from scratch. And Mario was trying to keep little Johnny…

When Wendy Grew Up

In the final chapter of Peter Pan, all the Darling children have returned home from their adventures with Peter in Neverland. Mr. and Mrs. Darling have agreed to adopt all the Lost Boys. Peter, however, is still hoping to convince Wendy to return to Neverland with him. ——————————-  Mrs. Darling…