For the Children

GRACIE . . . SHHH!
Chapter Book/8-10 years old
Fairy Tales and Folklore inspired
It includes some elements of fantasy

Meet the Three Characters: Gracie, Makena, and Donald, and let us hear what Gracie thinks about her two best friends.

“I don’t like being a leader. I am shy, and I would melt inside whenever people look at me. Besides, I don’t like giving an order or telling people what to do. I just want to sit quietly in the corner and read my books. Despite that, did I mention that I get higher grades than both? Well, I didn’t want to brag being top of our class, you know.”

“I know that when Makena made plans, it usually works, well sometimes, and depending on our luck too. Most of the time, her vibrant spirit would lead us getting into trouble with our teachers. She had some good ideas, don’t get me wrong. They usually work, but the thing was, we must face the consequences afterwards. It could be something we have to fix or undo what we have done.”

“Donald? Well, what can I say? When it comes to dancing, tell me about it. Thank God, he had two left feet like me. He loved to show off even if we laughed at him. He was exceptional in class. Our school came first in Math competition last year. The problem with him, he told us that he never had enough confidence in himself to believe that he was okay. That was very annoying, so we pulled his earlobes and yelled at him that we won because he was there.”

There was a rumour that has been spreading around the school playground about the existence of a mythical creature.

Gracie is a twelve-year-old girl who goes to this school near her home. She is timid and only loves to sit in the corner and read her books. Unlike her other two best friends, Makena and Donald, are very determined to find the truth about the creature that resides at the back of the Principal’s office. Gracie has no other choice but to go along with the plan to help at the school canteen to gain access to the Principal’s office.

Their plan to crawl at the back of the Principal’s office did not turn out well. Gracie finds herself dealing with the one and only one person that she and all the other children in school are terrified of, Frank.

The rumour spreads rapidly at the school playground. Nobody believes that Gracie has no magical power. Despite her constant denial that the mythical creature did not give her magic power, everyone thinks that she is still telling a lie. Gracie’s sudden popularity in the school puts her in a difficult situation because of a promise to a friend to keep his secret.


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