The Treasure Trove: "We Are Writers, Hear Us Roar!"
by Rebecca O'Connor
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THE INAUGURAL ISSUE
Hello readers! This is the first issue of the Louisville Middle School The Treasure Trove magazine. Many 6th graders have written stories and articles with the element of writing in it, for our first theme: "We Are Writers, Hear Us Roar!" Enjoy the beautiful work created by these talented young writers, and join us next issue for our upcoming theme, "The Power of Story."
Sincerely, Alex T. Editor-in-Chief of The Treasure Trove 6th Grade LMS Student
Editor-in-Chief Alex Trendler Editorial Staff Opal Grimes, Jonah McHardy, and Savannah B Design Staff Opal Grimes, Charlotte Lumpkin, Isabelle Valliere, Maeve Whalen, Emma Ackerman, Ayla Rose-Knight, and Astrid Hummel Art Department Maeve McLennan, Lucien Martinez, Rory McLennan, Charlotte Lumpkin, Isabelle Valliere, Emerson Leonard, Ayla Rose-Knight, Maeve W., and Caroline
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About the cover Charlotte Lumpkin captures the striking relationship between writing and natural beauty as she immerses her blank pages into a sea of marigolds.
Art by Maeve McLennan
Welcome readers and writers, fans and followers, this is the Fiction Section of The Treasure Trove! This section will be filled with fiction stories where writing impacts the character's life. All of the pieces were written by LMS 6th grade students. We hope you enjoy!
The first story is called "Baby Bear" by Meave Whalen. This story follows Baby bear and her friendship with goat. Maeve explores communication in the animal world. Together, Goat and Baby Bear must find her mom. Read "Baby Bear" on pages 3-4.
Next, Davis Bloj creates a extraordinary world on pages 10-11. This story is called "What Bill Cipher Did in 3 Trillion Years Before Stanford Pines." Bill Cipher is a character who loves to write and is very creative.
After that, we dive deep in an excerpt from "Writing the World" on pages 12-13, a piece written by Emma Ackerman. The story follows Henry, who hates writing, and Alana, who is very talented at it. When both of them wake up in an open field, they learn the only way to get their world back is by writing it.
Art by Maeve McLennan
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After that, we get the must-have girl power story on pages 20-21. This incredible story is named "Laws aren't Fair" by Leda Jackman. This is a part from Leda's story that highlights how unfair laws were for women in olden times. It follows a young woman who tries to protest against inequality.
Last but certainly not least, is a mind blowing story about four kids and how they stopped writer's block. This amazing piece is called "The Writing Block" by Vivian Keliher. It's an adventure story that is one of a kind. It takes place in the future and has many details that bring the world Vivian has created to life.
Art by Maeve McLennan
Then Isabelle Valliere brings a world to life called "Two Weeks, Letters Only", about two girls getting into a fight. They are immediately sent to the principle's office where they are suspended for two weeks. They are told to spend this time writing letters to each other to resolve the conflict. Read this marvelous story on pages 14-15.
Once that story raps up, we get the thrill of reading "Remaking Writing" by Xander Nelson on pages 16-17. This story tells the tale of Hiero, a boy who dreads having to write. When he wishes writing was never invented, he is brought to Mesopotamia 5500 BCE. He must remake writing.
Next, we learns just how much writing means to some people on pages 18-19. This story is called "The Vanishing of the Writer" by Taylor Spalding. It is about Elli, a girl who gets top grades in Writing Class unlike her sisters who get top grades in everything. Her parents want Elli to do something better with her life than writing and ban her from writing ever again. Elli experiences what life is like without writing and must stand up to her parents to take back what she loves most.
After that, is a story of a girl who finds her passion for writing. This story is called "Shaping My World" by Ayla Rose-Knight on pages 26-27. This story follows a young girl who doesn't know what to write. When her friends give her suggestions, she thinks of the idea to creat a world with anything she wants.
Last, but certainly not least, is a story by Lydia Whalen and Addison Stites named "The Secret Admirer of Aurey Gallager." In this story, someone is writing notes to Audrey. Audrey has no idea who it is, and she wants to know badly. Read this amazing story on pages 30-31.
Writer Maeve Whalen explores written communication in the animal world with her piece, “Baby Bear.”
by Maeve Whalen
Baby Bear leaves. That's the first thing I remember. Leaves everywhere, and the smell of fall drifting on gusts of wind. I didn't know how I got there, but all I knew was that my mamma was gone. Skkrrritch! My paws moved across a piece of bark, silently saying, “Where are you, mamma?”. I surveyed my surroundings. I didn't see my bear tribe, with their brown fur, kind eyes, and the scent of fresh-picked berries. I sighed and moved on, trying to find mamma. I did that for days, and I still am. Kinda like a scout-bear, but not looking for new berry spots this time. Crrrunccch! I immediately swivel my head around, growling at the source of the noise. The only thing I see is trees, but I swear I heard something. I’m kinda spooked now. Have the humans found me? Is It momma? A goat steps out of the trees, with a kind look in his eyes. I jump way higher than I should have and go Into battle stance. You are going down, I think as the goat approaches me. Scraaatch BUMP! “I’m not here to hurt you, and you look lost! Follow me to the safe den, you'll love it there!” I look up and see some apples hanging from the tree. They are ripe and fresh, and you get very tired of eating them for every meal 5 days in a row. Maybe the goat has some food at his safe-place, or whatever it’s called, that's NOT apples. That would be undoubtedly pleasant.