Student Writing Gallery!

This year, we are publishing a featured piece of student writing every month on the 26th. Each piece will be accompanied by an original illustration.

I Hike Up Mountains

Audriana S. Age 7
Erickson Elementary, Ypsilanti

I like to write about my life. My mom inspires me, working with people and writing. Junie B. Jones books are my favorite. Recess is my favorite time of school. My head is where I get my ideas.

I walk to the mountain. I hike up the mountain and see big, large rocks floating in space. Then I float around and I go look at stuff like the rocks. I see the yellow dark stars and the sky is dark like a galaxy with black. I throw my grappling hook onto the mountain, and I climb up. It’s kind of cold. On the floor I see blue shaded ground with little holes.

When I went up there, I just wanted to see the sky. I see stars in the sky. I am alone on the mountain, and I just look up at the sky and eat a PB&J sandwich. I also drink apple juice with it, but I only get to eat half of my sandwich when I see a huge rock crashing down from the big mountain.

A big rocket is trying to land on the mountain, which makes the mountain crumble down. No one comes out of the mountain so I make a fire with rocks. I put both of the rocks on the side of me in my sleeping bag and go to sleep.

When I wake up in the morning, I walk back home. I brought a helmet to space with me and I go home with a big rocket and it’s a galaxy rocket with little holes and that is how my mountain ends.

Artwork by Ingrid Ankerson.

The Jellyfish of Lake Aquawater

Ms. Matthews Second-grade Class

David Ellis Academy

Once upon a time, in the depths of Lake Aquawater, on Planet #456, there is a secret underwater base that spans five layers below the surface from a nondescript balcony. Few are lucky enough to find this base. Suspiciously, the sound of lasers and waves come from within.

There is a loud metal banging as jellyfish bounce around in the interior, having a party. They play on their phones and watch Jaws on TV, while it rains jellybeans from above. Another cooks bacon that sizzles to the sound of underwater robots, which adds an oily scent to the air already filled with the smell of seafood. Franky the superdog waits patiently for the bacon while some of the jellyfish flip skateboards or play on the computer. Other jellyfish swim in black and blue water, shooting each other with ice blasters.

FNCG, Sticky, and Super Flash are among the party goers. They suggest a thrilling game of freeze tag after their phones die. Sticky shoots glue from the tips of his fingers across the room and FNCG zooms in flight to dodge with her secret shadow ninja powers.

Sticky fires another shot as Super Flash leaps high over a glob of glue and it splats against the wall. His special costume protects him from a jet of water that a jellyfish spits from the pool. There is not a lot of room for freeze tag in this underwater base. Everyone flees from Sticky as he climbs up a wall, afraid that being touched by him will leave them frozen in a gooey glue forever.

“Can’t get me. Nah nah na nah nah,” laughs Super Flash as he dodges again and again.

“I can get you!” yells Sticky and shoots another round of glue from his fingers.

Franky, the dog, with a mouthful of bacon jumps into the room, pride in his eyes. FNCG tries to shield him from the stray blasts of glue but Franky is hit!

“BARK! BARK! BARK!” Franky drops his bacon and barks at the three heroes while he remains stuck to the floor.

Illustration by Ingrid

The Person Who Eats Under the Bed

Damien A.
Age 6

My favorite food is jambalaya with chicken and I eat it under my brother’s bed! I eat it with a fork. I eat the whole bowl. It is good. I went to get all the bowls in the kitchen and in the bathroom. I found thirty bowls in all. I filled all the bowls up. I brought them back under the bed again. I ate them all. When I was done I put all the bowls back.

Illustration by Ingrid

Ode to Writing

Written by the Community at the OMNIBUS X Release Celebration

Words are daily dishes, breakfast lunch and dinner
Make you feel like a winner
Words smell like dusty books pages, the inside of a pencil sharpener, and nasty baloney
Words are like popcorn
Some of them have butter and some of them don’t
Words are like gummy bears
chewy, hard, squishy, mushy, sweet, and sour
Writing smells like chocolate, fresh wood, coffee, fresh air, fresh ideas, paper, and delicious buttermilk
And that’s what makes it smell delicious
Our writing comes from memories, experiences, feelings, and our imaginations
Words can be a healing spell or a chain saw
Whether they are blustery or bulbous or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
They can inspire people, help us organize our thoughts, express ourselves and create with a flourish
When I write I feel like I’m in another word fantasy world where words taste big, juicy, crispy, sweet and sour
And special like an awesome holiday
Writing is a line
A portal to a new world
When I write I imagine how big this will all grow
When you write about nature there is a plethora of smells—pinecones, apples, crunchy leaves, fresh air
I write when I am imagining something superb
Writing is another form of expression
Writing is like exploring the world
Writing rhyming words like hop and pop
Seeing words that make sense
When words are interesting they make you express your mind and feelings with imagination
Writing is calming like a symphony
Like reading or painting
Like exploring and wondering
I write to be heard; words are like bricks.

Illustration by Ingrid


Maya S., Age 9

weE-Bots on Liberty St.

Once upon a time in a cave filled with rubies lived a dragon named Silverstone. He always loved to shoot ice out of his eyes and burn them with his fire. He had a bossy older sister. Good thing she lived far away in a cave filled with bats (mom made that choice!).

Illustration by Ingrid

The Fight for Enders Edge

Ognian V., Age 12

Liberty Street Tutoring in Ann Arbor

My island would be in the shape of a circle. It has a jungle, swamp, something unknown hidden behind walls, a volcano, a brand-new military base with all kinds of guns, technology, and vaults . . . There are pink trees, grass, bushes, rideable snake beasts (ten feet tall, snake tail, two arms, chest, snake’s head, two horns, white and silver colors), Gorillazilla (twelve feet tall, albino gorilla), swooping evils, Megalodons, and the legendary beast that lives in the volcano the “Fire Demon” (one hundred feet tall, one thousand feet long, fire kaiju with mystical fire powers, armor scarred by the victims who dared fight the Fire Demon).

Background Info

This used to be the island called “Enders Edge.” It was never seen until the military found it so they built the base there. But a magic Turbo energy . . . thing was found in the woods and the thing tried to kill the new inhabitants so the military decided to cage this thing and so they did. But what they did not know was that the Turbo creature was looking for shelter from its cousin nemesis. When the military found the other Turbo creature, they threw it in with the first one, so FG9XB5 (the first Turbo creature) was left alone with BX13YZ (the second Turbo creature). One day, BX13YZ transformed into the Fire Demon and escaped the cage and started hunting for the military’s men and women. It killed a lot of people, but a lot of people also escaped leaving their base shiny and new. And for the next five hundred million years it slept but now is awakened by three inhabitants . . . you and your two friends.

Now, it’s up to you and your friends to find FG9XB5 and merge with him to get amazing super-powers and defeat BX13YZ from terrorizing Enders Edge and all of earth . . .

(Voice message plays) “I’m BX13YZ or you can call me Fire Demon. I am here to consume Enders Edge and the world so I can return with my Master Thanos, the titan of worlds, and once I do well, eat all the galaxies and recreate one big world with us in charge (me and Thanos) and everyone else would be our slaves. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go feast on Enders Edge and the rest of the world. (Voice message cut) (Unknown voice says) “You heard that right . . . Well go on, explore and get FG9XB5, you’ll need him.”

Illustration by Ingrid Ankerson

An Elephant at The Arcade

Edwin J.

Mallets Creek Library Family Writing Lab, Summer 2018

The elephant with a cold is growing mold. Sick and sad. Cold and mad at his arcade. A burnt pie to try, makes the elephant cry, just one tear in his eye. The trunk up front, the tail set sail playing games in his arcade. A customer, oh what joy. It was awesome, finally fun. Time to entertain . . . With a cold and a sore thumb. The elephant presented a burnt offering. The customer, a tissue. The elephant, grateful, sneezed a big AACHOOO.

Artwork by Jen Harley,


We are From

Malik H., 13
Family Writing Lab at the Elmwood Park Branch of the Detroit Public Library

We’re from my cat
from dish soap and wipes
We are from the Chinese writing
From the cold of the AC
We are from the sunflowers
The oak tree whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.

We’re from Christmas parties and staying up late
from Melika and Earl
We are from joking a lot and watching funny videos.

We’re from knowing the difference between right and wrong
We are from barbecues at the park or at the house
We are from Detroit and we are African-American
From me and my cousins torturing our older cousin
From my dad with all the muscles
From PS4 and money in my pockets.

Artwork by Jen Harley,

Candy’s New Paris: Out of this World

Ms. Herrin’s Fifth-grade Class

Erickson Elementary, Ypsilanti

Next-Flix Field Trip

Artwork by Jen Harley,


CANDY (a teenage girl), MELLY (her best friend) and STRAWBERRY (a real strawberry with powers) are sitting together studying Geometry in a cozy peach tree house in New Paris, Mars.

OMG, this is hard!

(to MELLY)
Calm down! You’re overreacting; I’ll help you.

(to MELLY)
Your breath is so hot; it’s hotter than the sun!

MELLY crumples up her paper, throws it up into the air, and burns it up. Everyone rolls their eyes.

Can I have a piece of you?

At the mention of being eaten, STRAWBERRY fizzles up, explodes, and the comes back together. More eye rolling ensues.

OK, that was a bad idea. Let’s go get something to eat!

They exit the tree house and go out into New Paris, Mars, to go to their favorite place to eat.


They head to the Dairy Queen, exploring New Paris on their way.

Let’s go to Dairy Queen. I heard there was new ice cream. What’s your favorite flavor?

Sure. Let’s go get ice cream. My favorite flavor is chocolate.

I like strawberry. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Do you have money, Melly?

No. I’m broke. I spent my money on psychic stuff.

I’m broke. I’m saving for college.

I don’t have any money. I left it on Earth.

MELLY becomes angry because STRAWBERRY left her money on Earth. She breathes a little ball of fire.

Grrrrr. Why on earth would you leave money on Earth?

Strawberry explodes covering everybody in strawberry.

Calm down. It’s just money.

Now we can’t buy food.

Let’s think of a way to make some money.


CANDY, STRAWBERRY, and MELLY are brainstorming ideas at a park called Mars Park. It has slides, stairs, and a petting zoo with pandas, monkeys, and lions. There is a food truck.

We need to get money. Let’s have a yard sale!

What are you going to sell? That’s a bad idea. We can do a musical for little kids!

No. That’s really bad. I don’t know how to sing or do any of that. Let’s have a roast battle!

That could be a disaster! If someone roasts me, I might accidentally breathe fire.

That’s true. You do get mad easily. Oh, I know! Let’s have a talent show!

That’s actually a really good idea.

How can we set it up? How can we get people to come?

We can bring our cousins, best friends, mom and dad, aunties, nieces, uncles. . .

OK, OK. We get it! We’ll bring our family.

In the show, I’ll roast people.

I’ll do some fire tricks.

Ooh, I can dance.

Well. . . sorry. . . you can’t dance. Maybe another time.

OMG! You guys are just trying to hog the stage! I came up with this idea! I deserve to be on state, too.

OK, Candy. We can come up with a different idea for you.

Well, I want to dance! Can I dance with you all?

Why do you want to dance so much?

My grandma was a dancer. I want to dance like her. Plus, Brandon really likes dancing.

Poor Brandon!

Ooh, Candy has a crush.

Candy, I’m just going to break this easy to you. You should not dance in front of Brandon.

So I can’t dance? What else am I supposed to do? I don’t have powers.

CANDY gets red-faced, balls up her fists, and runs away.


CANDY is sitting in a corner with a pillow. MELLY and STRAWBERRY come in.

What’s wrong, Candy?

You guys don’t understand my life.

Well, we’re your best friends. You can tell us how your life is going.

(Lifting her head off the pillow)
I wish I had super powers like you guys.

Why didn’t you tell us this before?

I was embarrassed.

You don’t need powers! You’re really smart!

Yeah, you’re way better at Geometry.

Ooh, Melly, your breath so hot you melt my ice cream.

Don’t start, Strawberry.

CANDY laughs.

Thanks. You guys are like sisters to me.


Walking toward the backyard of CANDY’s house.

(to MELLY)
What if we let Candy do the show, but people don’t like it because she doesn’t have any powers.

(Screaming angrily to STRAWBERRY)
I can’t take this anymore! I want superpowers too!

(Pensively to CANDY)
I think I might know a way to get you powers.

(to MELLY)

(to CANDY)
I was using my psychic abilities to look into the future, and I think that I saw a way for you to have powers.

MELLY creates a small portal in front of her, and reaches into it, pulling out a very impressive looking sword.

(Handing the sword to CANDY)
Here’s a sword that you can use in the show, but I don’t know how to use it.

(to CANDY and MELLY)
Don’t worry, I know how to do sword tricks, and I can teach you.

The three friends continue walking down the street and enter CANDY’S backyard

Scene 2 — CANDY’S backyard — late afternoon

STRAWBERRY is teaching CANDY how to do tricks with the sword

(to CANDY)
Keep your stance wide, and keep body lowered.

I am, and I think I am at least getting better.

Sure. . . At least a little better.

Can I be in the talent show now!?

Uhm, yeah you can if you really want to, but only if you promise to practice as much as you can on your way there.


STRAWBERRY and MELLY walk towards the talent show stage with CANDY trailing along behind them practicing with the sword some more.


(On Stage — To Audience)
Well, hiiii. I’m going to be showing my newly revealed talent that I like to do.

Candy closes her eyes and imagines the slime and then squirt the alien slime out of her hands. There is so much slime. There is blue slime. Rainbow slime. Foamy slime. The crowd goes wild.

(Clapping and whistling)

(smiles and bows)
Thank you, Thank you.

CANDY exits the stage and Strawberry gets on the stage.

Them shoes are so old they might get somebody sick.


Yeah, I’m talking about you with your dusty rusty shoes.


Your teeth are yellow.


It looks like you colored your teeth with a yellow crayon.

STRAWBERRY bows and the crowd starts clapping and laughing. Some seem skeptical of the roasting. STRAWBERRY exits the stage.

And the winners are Candy and Strawberry! Come collect your winnings!


CANDY, MELLY, and STRAWBERRY are eating pizza from Dominoes.

Hey Candy, please pass the pizza sauce.

A monkey from outside throws a banana into the tree house window and it hits the pizza sauce.

What was that?

All three look up and see the monkey outside the window. MELLY breathes fire at the monkey and it throws another banana at her. All three try to leave the tree house but it’s suddenly locked!

I can try to make a slime key for this door?

CANDY tries to make a key to leave the tree house but it doesn’t work and the three of them don’t know what to do. We’ll have to explore more next time.


Grab Your Skates

Kaiya H.
Age 9
Family Writing Lab at Holmes Elementary, April 2018

What would you put in the Ypsilanti time capsule?
Pair of skates.

What do you want this to teach people about your life in Ypsilanti?
If you are losing your composure, just grab your skates and roll on!


Artwork by Jen Harley,

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