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Chomped

terror birdEditor’s Note: Camilla, a 19-year-old intern at 826 Seattle, has selected some excellent work that 826 students are producing this summer to share with us on Push To Talk.

Camilla’s Note: This story was inspired by a trip to Seattle’s Burke Museum and an actual prehistoric terror bird, which is here transplanted into modern New York City.  It’s a fun mix of history, science, and fiction.

Chomped

By Owen

Once there was a yellow and red 12-foot tall terror bird. He built a time machine.  The terror bird could eat 1 billion people in one bite.

Finished!” cried the terror bird.  The terror bird jumped into the time machine.  The time machine malfunctioned.  The terror bird landed head first on the Statue of Liberty.  The terror bird went to the scientist center.  There was a guy named Harpo at the scientist center.

The terror bird was hungry.  It saw a little thing on the sidewalk.  It was a 7-foot-wide human in busy New York City.  Chomp!  The terror bird ate up the 7-foot wide human. “Yummy.  I want more.”

The terror bird ate everyone in New York City as they fled.  Well, not quite everyone in New York City.  It ate all of the USA.  Soon everyone but Harpo has been chomped.  Harpo went to the burger place and the people had been chomped inside.  Soon he discovered that everyone on the face of the earth had been eaten.  Harpo found DNA and took it to his lab.  He found out that it was a terror bird from what we know as Russia.  It had made a time machine.  He found the time machine at the Statue of Liberty.  He went there.  He took the time machine and went back 3 hours and everyone was back on planet Earth.  The terror bird appeared and Harpo vaporized it with his vaporizer.

I am a hero, thought Harpo.

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My Favorite Book – Street Pharm

Street PharmStreet Pharm is one of my favorite books by Allison Van Diepen.

I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a book about a boy wanting to please both his mom and dad. But his dad wants him to take over the family business while his mom wants him to finish school. When trying to do both he ends up in the hospital and broken-hearted by a girl.

If your interested in other books that are similar to Street Pharm here’s some ideas.

–Norey, 20, Y-Intern

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Today, to show how much we love New York City, we’ve got stories from that indomitable city.  Some present, some past, and some from a future we hope never arrives!  Any way you cut the Big Apple, there’s a slice for everyone!

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.  In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack.  Hannah Ward, 19, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company’s corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

The Diviners by Libba Bray. Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.  Marcelo Sandoval, a 17-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  HS student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, The $20,000 Pyramid, a 12-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Do you have a favorite NYC book?  Or movie?  Tell us about it!

Book Shorts: all these things i've done

All These Things I've Done

by Gabrielle Zevin

Title:  all these things i’ve done

Author:  Gabrielle Zevin

Summary:  In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

I started reading it because… chocolate & coffee are illegal!

I kept reading because… I loved the plucky girl heroine trying to keep her family safe. . . even if she is a Russian Mafiya princess. The adults in this one truly have personalities! They have depth! They are not all useless background to the teen angst.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: React Violently and apologize later.

Six Word Recap:  Mafiya princess takes care of business.

This book reminded me of The Coldest Winter Ever because…it’s a totally urban setting, and the main character is the daughter of the ex-head of the local gang (mafiya in this case). People die, people are manipulated, those in authority may not be trustworthy. . . but there is no cussing. It’s a “clean” read.