by Paul Mason
Illustrations by Rosie Colligan
This mysterious story combines the familiarity of a coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy. The setting and time are vague. There is magic at work, yet most students will relate to the sense of pressure that comes from trying to meet an older person’s expectations while working out personal values and priorities. The layers of meaning in the story and its rich poetic language make it an excellent model for writing.