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36 March 3 - 16, 2012


Youth


SanTan Sun kids have talent! In the first issue of every month, the SanTan Sun News prints the best entries from kids in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of


categories. Congratulations to this month’s winners! Note: If a great entry doesn’t make it into this issue because of space considerations, we will hold it over to run in a future issue. Submissions are minimally edited to preserve the writer’s voice. If your submission appears in this section, compare it to your original to help improve your writing skills.


Detective Mac and the Missing Birthday Cake by Kate Larsen Charolette Patterson, Grade 2 “Dedicated to my dad, Mac”


Once upon a time there was a family.


That family had a daughter, and her birthday was tomorrow. The mother decided to bake the cake that day. Then the family went to bed. The mother forgot to put the cake in the fridge! A man came into the


house and stole the cake. The mother hurried down the stairs but it was too late. The burglar had gone. She called Detective Mac


and said, “Detective Mac, I need you to find who stole my cake and get it back.”


“I will,” said Detective Mac. Detective Mac searched around the


town, then around the neighborhood. He couldn’t find the robber. He knocked on the doors of houses. He went to house after house after house asking if they were a robber. He knocked on the last door of the last house. The door swung open. There was a


man holding a birthday cake! “You are the robber,” said Detective


Mac. He called 9-1-1 and the police arrested the man. Detective Mac brought the cake back


to the family’s house. The mother was so happy that she rewarded Detective Mac with a badge.


A Noise in the Attic by Justin Grigory Hull Elementary, Grade 5


When I was lying in bed last night, I


heard footsteps in the attic. I waited for about five silent, scary minutes, and I finally couldn’t stand the sound of the weird, unde- niable tap. I felt like a mouse in a city of cats. I hopped out of bed, pulled my comforter


over my shivering, scared body and hid under the bed. But still the soft tapping continued and formed into some kind of tone in pattern.


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“How could it be music?” I thought. It wasn’t likely for somebody to break


into a house, go into the attic and do some- thing as ridiculous as tap a song. Now I didn’t feel so much fear as curios-


ity. I felt confident enough to find out who this “criminal” was. I wasn’t going to let a foolish bloke tap a song in my attic. I pulled on some clothes and scurried


down the hall. I climbed up the barely used stairs, opened up the creaky door and imme- diately was confused. “Who’s there?” I asked cautiously. There was nobody there, just a window. I


could not believe it. The wind was rhythmi- cally pushing and pulling a broken branch against the icy window. The luminous moon seemed to be pushing the branch with its radiant beams, along with the icy wind pulling and howling. Seems like nature has a natural musical


talent.


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