Fantasy Fiction for Young Readers

by Laramie Sasseville
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One of Me is Missing

One of Me is Missing


More trouble than eight of her can handle...

To fourteen-year-old Sally Knox, the world is a buffet of fascinating things to do and learn. She wants it all: martial arts, theater, sculpture, cooking, robotics, music, computer science - you name it! So, what happens when she gets her wish to be in enough places at once to take all the summer school classes she wants? Complications are just the beginning - before the end, one of her goes missing and the rest must come to the rescue or be trapped forever in their multitudinous state.


The Winter Knife
a dark fantasy for young readers

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Death stalks a snowbound city from below

Feral dogs are blamed when a popular teen is killed. Is it just coincidence that he disappeared after infuriating 14-year-old Haley, who is torn between her anger and her desire to belong? More attacks implicate a creature of Northwoods myth she befriended in its summer form. As the DNR leads a cougar hunt in town, Haley makes a desperate plan to steal a car and use their empathic bond to lead the creature away from the city -- driving alone into the fangs of a blizzard that makes roads hazardous even for experienced drivers. If she fails, either her monster or more members of her community will die.

Wedding the Wind

Four Odd Tales

A collection of fantasy short stories. Three of these were previously published. Available FREE with a Creative Commons license, as a bonus to people who sign up for the mailing list I use to share news of my fantasy stories for young readers. These aren't necessarily children's stories, but the first two have child protagonists, one employs fairy tale motifs and they are all certainly odd.

Wedding the Wind

* The title story, Wedding the Wind, turns out to be an origin story for Mary Poppins, as a new Mary takes up the mantle, er, umbrella of her predecessor.

* Tess on the Stairs is an ultra-short ghost story that will make sense only to those familiar with the oeuvre of the Grateful Dead. (Originally published in Spinning Free)

* Survival, in which one monster relates to another, placed in the Minneapolis City Pages' Annual Fiction Contest some years ago and was originally published in that periodical.

* Without the Wicked Witch consists of a speculation in which psychological health makes everyone happier and fairy tales pathetic. (Originally published in Daughters of Nyx).


coloring pages

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Creatures of Logger Lore

Right click to download these free coloring-activity pages related to the story in The Winter Knife.
Logger Lore mentions the Wasset, and other strange creatures as well, thought to inhabit the woodlands of the Upper Midwest during the heyday of the logging industry.
Creatures of Northwoods Logger Lore

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see also:

Four Easy Bookmark Projects for Kids

a non-fiction craft how-to book including four rainy day projects.

These projects use recycled materials to make attractive and durable bookmarks suitable for family gifts. Use recycled milk jugs, greeting card, and calendar art, as well as strings and beads. Great for kids who love to read or love to craft, and who know people who love to read and can always use another bookmark.

Four Easy Bookmark Projects

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