If I Were a Turkey by Megan Dolan (age 7)Once upon a time there was a turkey and her name was Nicole. There was another turkey. Her name was Megan. She was very nice and I mean nice. But one day she heard a gunshot. Nicole was dead. My little sister turkey said, "I am scared." I wanted to say shut-up but I didn't. She was crying. The End.
In addition to the sudden switch from third-person to first-person POV (an egregious error) this story seems to show that I had it in for someone named Nicole. There was no one named Nicole in my class so I'm not sure who that bullet was meant for, but I am surprised my teacher chose only to give me a "Good Job!" accompanied by a smiley face.
In addition to huge amounts of literary gold from young Megan Dolan, great books I read over the past two weeks include LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by Dianna Wynne Jones, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, and THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson. Of course I have already made my thoughts on the amazing SHATTER ME clear. See this post. I love good books, don't you? Anyone have some early writing they'd like to share?