The Devil Pirate by Donnia Austin (BARBADOS)

The below is a story from one of the clever students at Bay Primary, Barbados, with whom Edworks’ Directors Greg Nicholson & Prue Sobers have been working for the past three months.

The Devil was no ordinary devil! She was a pirate devil! Her ship was a grand vessel and she sailed the Caribbean. She loved to look for pirate treasure; the gold kind.

The Devil was angry. It had been months since she had come upon a ship or old treasure map floating in a bottle. She kept looking for the treasure day and night. As she walked along a deserted beach she saw it! X marked the spot! It was the mark of another pirate captain who had not survived to collect his plunder.

Immediately, the Devil got out her shovel and began digging. She was so happy she had finally found some treasure. The pulled out the trunk from the sand and rubbed her hands together as she thought of all the gold and diamonds that were soon hers. She slowly opened the lid. It was empty! She started to get mad and angry, when she realized that it wasn’t empty at all. It had one thing in it; it was a magic necklace!

The Devil held up the necklace and slowly placed it around her neck. She was suddenly thrust into the future. She landed with a thud. The Devil opened her eyes and there in front of her was gold; mountains of it! The Devil was so happy that she had found gold. She could not, however, keep the treasure as she had to share it among the poor children. She was happy that the poor were happy and she got to see the smiles on their faces as they had money to buy food and clothes.



The Croc Attack by Kiara Thompson (BARBADOS)

The below is a story from one of the clever students at Bay Primary, Barbados, with whom Edworks’ Directors Greg Nicholson & Prue Sobers have been working for the past three months.

I went to the pier to do some fishing. I knew that there were some tasty fish just waiting to be caught. I hopped into my small boat and made my way down one of the rivers snaking through Kakadu. After an hour I caught a barramundi which looked just fine for lunch. I went back to the sand to set up camp for dinner. As I was about to hop off the boat a terrifying crocodile attacked me. It was at least 8 metres long and had huge rows of teeth ready to snap me in half. 

It lunged at the motor and almost bit it in two. I tried to move fast and find something, anything to poke it in the eye so that he would let go of the motor. As he submerged under the water, I got the motor going and sped off full throttle. I thought I was safe but just as quickly he rose out of the water once more.

I fell over almost tumbled out of the boat. I thought he would eat me this time! I could not think of anything else, but to grab a stick and poke it in the eye.

Finally, I saw a boat up river and yelled for help. They did not hear me. I was so frightened that I yelled even louder. This time someone turned around and saw me. They quickly sped to me and I scrambled onto their vessel. What a relief! I was safe once more.

The Haunted Vacation by Marlon Downie (BARBADOS)

The below is a story from one of the clever students at Bay Primary, Barbados, with whom Edworks’ Directors Greg Nicholson & Prue Sobers have been working for the past three months.

The Smiths wanted a new house, so while their children, Jack and Vanessa, were on vacation they decided sell up and move! They found just the house they wanted; except for the fact it was in the middle of nowhere. Matt and Meredith crossed their fingers as their children arrived and ran into their new home as fast as they could.

When the kids opened the door, they got the shock of their lives. They went from room to room, eyes wide open in disbelief. Each room was dark and spooky and filled with musty, old furniture. It was like a movie set of the haunted kind.

“Mum! Dad! We hate this house!” they screamed.

“Why?” their parents asked.

“Because it’s haunted!”

Time went by and still the kids thought they could see ghosts and other ghoulish creatures like zombies hiding in cupboards and behind doors. As they were getting ready for bed, Jack heard a knock on the door. It got louder and louder and wouldn’t stop! “Aaah!” Vanessa screamed. Everyone rushed to her. There they saw a magic bubble floating through the air. It was glowing like a star, and as it floated a faint trail of mist followed. Jack was about to burst the bubble when his dad shouted, “Stop! Don’t touch that bubble!” He gently blew it into the closet and they decided to leave it there till the next day.

As the sun rose, Jack and Vanessa woke to hear the closet shake. Jack jumped out of bed and without thinking, opened the closet and burst the bubble. An explosion of colour and noise erupted from the bubble. An evil spirit filled the room, its menacing cries could be heard throughout the house. Matt and Meredith grabbed the children and ran for the safety of the front yard. When they were almost through the front door, the evil spirit grabbed Jack’s ankle. Jack screamed. His father pulled him through the door with all his might. The light filled the room and theevil spirit let go as it shrieked in pain from the burning sunlight.

As they sat under an oak tree, Jack thought of a plan. He remembered that the spirit grew bigger every time it became angry. His plan was to say things that made him so angry that he would blow the roof off. Together they made a list of things that would make the evil spirit angrier and angrier.

Vanessa crept to the front door, took a deep breath and yelled, “We like you! You smell nice! What a lovely smile you have! Can you be a party clown? You’re not scary at all!” With that the roof blew off the house and the Smith family watched as a spiral of amazing fireworks exploded into the air! This is better than Old Years Night laughed Vanessa.

The Smith family loved their home; new roof and all!

The Clever Lion by Kai Sinclair (BARBADOS)

The below is a story from one of the clever students at Bay Primary, Barbados, with whom Edworks’ Directors Greg Nicholson & Prue Sobers have been working for the past three months.

There was once a planet called Cranus in a galaxy far, far away. No humans existed on this planet, but animals ruled with the same intelligence and wisdom. A mighty lion was feared by all animals big and small. His name was Brian. Yes, Brian! Don’t let his name fool you as Brian would eat an animal each and every day.

All the animals who weren’t cats knew that they were only safe when Brian had eaten for the day. Brian, never, ever lost a battle; he always had his meal. Despite this, Brian was a very friendly fellow before and after his meal.One day, after visiting his friend, Meowth the cat, Brian went hunting and came across a giraffe. As the giraffe was so tall, Brian had to go for his foot rather than his neck like usual. “Chomp!”“Owh!” the giraffe shouted. It turned around to see a lion biting on its leg with powerful jaws. “Hey, let go of me!” it demanded.“No, you are going to be my meal for the day.”

The giraffe managed to kick the Brian off and escape with only a limp. Each day, Brian tried again and again, but always failed. If only he could get up to its neck. A week past and poor Brian could not get his meal.The next day Brian met a wise monkey who apparently had watched each of his battles with the giraffe. “My name is Maney and I think I can help you beat that giraffe. But it’s going to cost you!” he said. With a serious look on his face, Brian asked, “Cost me what?”

“If you promise not to eat me, I’ll help you get your meal.”Brian smiled smugly. “I can only guarantee you five months,’ he said.“Perfect, then let’s get started. You seem to be having trouble killing that long necked creature, right?”Brian nodded.“Well, I can make something to allow you to get right up next to its neck. I’m going to need some time, though, so come back tomorrow.”The next day, an excited Brian visited Maney. He saw that he had made four tall poles. “What the heck is this?” he asked, confused.“They’re called stilts. They’ll allow you to be as tall as the giraffe’ Maney replied. “Just step on the foot holders and voila! You have your meal!”

“Well, okay. If this works, the deal is on.”He stepped onto the platforms and was soon off on his way to lunch. When he found the giraffe, he was as tall as its neck alright. The only problem though, was that he overbalanced whenever he leaned towards its neck. Not willing to give up, he decided his only chance was to jump off the stills just as he approached the giraffe’s neck.Brian maneuvered himself close to the giraffe. He licked his lips, took a deep breath and . . . jumped!