8E short story recommendations

Hello 8E,

Please share the name and author of the most interesting short story you can find, along with a paragraph explaining what happens in the story (no spoilers!) and why you chose this story.

Happy reading!

Miss Burch

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31 Responses to 8E short story recommendations

  1. rachel says:

    The Tale of Tom Kitten -Beatrice Potter.
    ‘Once upon a time there were three little kittens, and their names were Mittens, Tom Kitten, and Moppet’ their mother is having guests for tea so she tidies them up and washes them but Tom is very naughty. before the mothers friends arrive he wants to go out and play but he cant seem ti without bad things happening…..

  2. ella says:

    the tale of peter rabbit – beatrix potter
    4 rabbits
    mr mcgregor killed their father
    peter goes in mr mcgregors garden

  3. emma says:

    mark and the dragon
    it is about a boy called mark who lives near the mountains in mexico and he likes to hike in the
    caves of them. one day when he goes hiking alone something odds hits him and it has never happened before.
    i like this story because of the humor element it has in it at the end it really makes the tension drop!

  4. Maggie Porter says:

    Stone Soup by Ann McGovern
    This story is about a traveller who once visited a very hungry village with villagers who hid their food, worried that people would steal it. The traveller was hungry and asked for food but the people refused to give him any. He then decided to fill a pot with water, set up a fire and plonk a stone in the pot. A villager then approached the traveller and asked what he was doing. “I’m making stone soup, it’s so tasty but unfortunately I am missing some key ingredients”, he replied. The villager provided him with a carrot and then another villager wondered what was going on, he told them the same thing. This villager gave him another ingredient and so the same process went on until almost the whole village was there and a delicious soup was ready to be enjoyed by all of them. The villagers wanted to buy the stone off the traveller because they thought it was magic but he wouldn’t sell it. He knew the true magic was in their kindness.
    I chose this story because I think it’s really important to be reminded of kind little acts that people do and we can too. This story shows that you don’t need much to get something amazing started and, with the help of others you can create pretty much anything.
    Maggie Porter 8E

  5. Ursula Richardson says:

    The First Wife’s Wedding Ring – Juliana Ewing

    This short story is about a son of a man twice married who decides to become a soldier and travel the world. His father gives his son his first wife’s wedding ring and tells him that when he returns he shall know him by the ring.

    The soldier travels the world and eventually decides to return home to his father. However he loses the ring before he reaches home. Will his father accept him as the true heir to his wealth or send him back into unknown lands to search for it?

    Ursula Richardson

  6. Holly chadwick says:

    The open window- SAKI (Hector Hugh Munro)
    Mr. Nuttel has moved to the rural village where his sister once lived. He has been given a letter of introduction to give to a woman called Mrs. Sappleton and while he is waiting for her has to put up with her self possessed niece.
    Then the niece tells a tale of a tragedy. Three years ago her aunt’s husband, two brothers and spaniel left through the french window and never returned! Then suddenly they glimpse something through the open window…

  7. Genevieve Hooper says:

    The Boy Who Talked With Animals by Roald Dahl
    This story is told from the perspective of an observer, who looks on as a group of fisherman catch an ancient sea turtle, which they want to make into turtle soup, and a rich person wants to buy. However, a little boy and his parents soon arrive at the scene, and the boy is very distressed that the people want to harm the turtle, and he wants to set it free.

  8. Josephine Bowden says:

    http://short-story.me/crime-stories/828-game-over.html
    Game Over- Chris Bedell
    A teen boy is extremely angry at his college professor, Mrs Cork. this is because she gave him a B- in his exam. he has multiple face-to-face encounters and arguments with this professor, causing him to become extremely aggravated and start planning his revenge. he takes blood from his arm multiple times over a long period of time. after this, he breaks to his professor’s house and spreads his blood on the floor and frame her for murder…
    … but does it work?

  9. Meggie says:

    Leonie’s Pet Cat – Jaqueline Wilson

    Being the new girl is always hard, everyone already has their gangs and groups of friends
    and nobody wants Leonie in theirs. But there is one group that Leonie is desperate to join:
    The Pet Girls Club, the only problem is that she doesn’t have a pet! She is so desperate
    to make friends and become excepted into her new environment so she makes up a pet!
    She makes up stories of this little kitten called Lulu but when one white lie is told so are
    many others. Of course she is going to be found out, and without a pet she can’t be in
    The Pet Girls Club. Leonie gets the chance to meet her ‘Granny’ who has a little
    surprise for her…
    I chose this short story because it gives a good message. One white lie can turn into a
    world of lies and that isn’t how to make friends, though it does end happily! This story came
    from the book ‘Paws And Whiskers’ which contains extracts from lots of other books by
    other authors including ‘Cat Wings’, ‘101 Dalmatians’ and ‘The Incredible Journey’.

  10. Bethan says:

    Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

    Characters: Sebastian and Viola (twin brother and sister) Olivia, Orsino, Malvolio, sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and a sailor.
    Twelfth Night is a story about two sibling who go out to sea and that’s when they both come close to going face to face with death… ” The twins grew up together, were taught together and they nearly died together.” However they didn’t stay together for long, Viola managed to save herself by clinging onto Sebastian’s clothes-trunk and was washed up on the cost of Illyria. Instead of staying as a girl Viola decided that to make herself safer to disguised herself as a boy using Sebastian’s clothes, tied her hair back and called herself Cesario. By being a boy she found herself a job and the story continues on her life looking like a boy but actually physically being a girl. However after working for Duke Orsino (ruler of Illyria) she fell in love with him but cannot show it, but Olivia (a rich countess) fell in love with Cesario i.e. Viola. So then Viola is in a pickle so join her on her adventure, and will she ever find her brother Sebastian again or is it to late….

  11. Caitlin says:

    The disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
    By Agatha Christie

    This book is about a man who goes missing under mysterious circumstances. A Belgian detective called Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate. However, the chief inspector of Scotland Yard ( Japp ) is also called in and challenges poirot to solve it in a week. But poirot makes it hard for himself and says he solve it by staying in the comfort of his own home. Will he solve it? And will Mr Davenheim be safe once more?

  12. keira says:

    Ali baba
    Ali baba s a story about a little girl who lives with her dad. her mother died when she was younger and gave the little girl a doll. The mother said,’ if you are ever in danger, feed your doll a little bread and a little water and then she will help you.’ a few years after the girls mother died, her father re married to an evil woman that the little girl did not like. Whilst the girls father was away at work, the step mother asked the girl to visit Ali baba to get the woman a present for her father. The little girl refused to go to Ali baba’s cave(as Ali baba was an evil witch that lived off eating little children) but the step mother made the little girl go. When she got to Ali baba’s cave, she met a dog and a cat. The cat and dog told the little girl that their master had not fed them in days so the little girl went inside to get them some food and water. Ali Baba caught the little girl feeding the cat and dog so the little girl ran away with Ali Baba catching up to her on her broom. The little girl then fed her doll some bread and water, like her mother had told her to, but would it work? Would she get home safely or not…

  13. Riya Sarai says:

    The Little Match Girl- Hans Christian Anderson

    this is a story about a girl who was very poor. She sold matchsticks, however as it was a cold Christmas night with snow all around everyone was at home eating warm Christmas dinners so nobody wanted to get any matches from her. The night was so cold that her bare feet were numb and she could not feel any warmth. She had lost her mothers shoes and she knew if she came back home without any money, that her father would be really angry with her and she didn’t want that to happen. Realising she had a matchstick she lit it so that she could get some warmth out of it. Then all of a sudden, a huge stove appeared before her! she was so happy that she warmed her small hands on it but just as she was going to warm her feet, the stove disappeared because the matchstick had run out. Feeling excited, she lit another match to see more amazing things,but what happens to her?? Read to find out…

    You should definitely read this because right at the end it is really sad and it is an amazing story. 🙂

  14. Georgi Wilton says:

    Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson.

    All of Daisy’s friends in the Alphabet Club – Amy, Bella, Chloe and Emily have had sleepovers for their birthdays. Daisy has a dilemma. She’d love to have a sleepover too, but then she’d have to let her friends meet her sister. This is a story about friendships and that the people in them may not always be very nice. The book gives you a clear image of what happens and is short but sweet.

    This book is really worth reading as it makes you laugh and at times makes you think that you are in the position of Daisy with her dilemma…

  15. Elinor Whitlock says:

    Bluebell Meadow by Benedict Kiely

    This story is about an Irish girl who now lives in Detroit. It is set about 30 years ago, in Northern Ireland, whilst The Troubles were happening. She meets a boy, called Lofty and they fall in love. They continue to meet in a quiet park at the girl’s special bench. The only problem is, she’s Catholic, and he’s Protestant. With the current political situation in Northern Ireland, the two are not allowed to be with each other. Both of them are accused of betraying their faiths and they never see each other again. Thirty years later, the girl returns to the park, which was once a peaceful place, is now a wasteland, with the swings and benches ruined by soldiers and the ground destroyed by bombs. Will the girl ever find out what happened to Lofty?
    I chose this story because I think that it is important that people remember that wars wreck people’s lives.

  16. Mia says:

    The Tale of The Three Brothers – J.K. Rowling

    This short story is about three brothers who are wizards. One day they are travelling together and they find a river that they cannot cross so they simply wave their wands and create a bridge. Halfway over the bridge they meet a hooded figure called ‘Death’. Death feels cheated and so he decides to trick the brothers by offering them a prize each. How will death use these prizes to catch up with each of the brothers?
    I like this story because I think it has a really good message and teaches people not to be greedy. This story comes from the book ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ Which contains lots of other short stories about wizards with good messages

  17. Erin Cameron :)) says:

    Best left silent- it’s about a girl who has night mares. In the beginning she describes her life about school and at home. She has no mum she left them so it was just her and her dad. When she had them she would scream out and her father would be there straight away. The morel of the story is about daughter and father relationship…

  18. Saf says:

    Dead Man’s Die – simplemanRed (online penname)

    Dead Man’s Die is a short story about five boys: Pete, Christian , Keith , mark and the main protagonist Simon.
    its the last day of the summer holidays and Simon has some friends over. they are all bored so in an attempt to scare for a prank Simon unknowingly set upon the group a game that could seal their fates. they play the so called deadly game not knowing whether it’s a hoax or the real deal. Unfortunately the joke may be on Simon and not just his friends…

    I chose this short story as I like the horror aspect that it gives. I love how you can see the emotions conveyed by the group. I also like how the author can give the reader the entire lore of the game in such a short story yet still manage to tell the story. I also love the effect the cliffhanger suspense gives. and that is why I like this story

  19. Freya Griffiths says:

    A child’s Christmas in Wales-

    The story is about a child from Wales having a very memorable Christmas Eve. A nice snowball fight outside turns disastrous, as there is tonnes of smoke coming from inside the house. The children go into the house to hear Mrs Prothero screaming and Mr Prothero shouting. The children run down to the telephone box to alert the fireman and policeman as well, but will they save Christmas in time?

  20. Poppy Dainty says:

    Another Person, Samantha Rose
    ~Two perspectives on a moment, and a lifetime.~
    This is a short story contemplating the struggles between two former lovers. It presents to us two perspectives of an outing to the beach. These two people were not presented with names, I feel that this displayed a dimension of suspense as each half of the relationship exposed the other half as purely ‘he’ or ‘she’. The female’s opinion was the first extract that we read and she described the way the male was acting and how he was portrayed to her. She labelled him as ‘desolate’ and she also mentioned that his ‘soul had gone’. There is also a use of metaphors during the girl’s perspective; she said ‘our eyes met, locked in a solid gaze’ This, as well a being a metaphor showed to me, by the word solid, that the mood was not at all abstract, that there was no spark there, the mood was just simply flat and dim. To conclude her paragraph she says a short sentence: ‘not a tremor of joy’. This gives intense effects unto the reader that makes them want to just carry on reading to see why the boy is portrayed like this. In the boys perspective he is incredibly pessimistic where it concerns the girl. This story does not really contain a genuine ending, it basically concludes at a cliffhanger which in my opinion makes me want to see more and that this first bit seemed very much like a ‘first chapter’ if you may. The boy’s paragraph concluded with ‘not a tremor’, this was also the ending to the entire short story.
    I chose this story because I like reading stories and books about drama and romance, the simple name really caught my eye and made me want to discover what it really meant by this.
    Poppy Dainty, 8E

  21. Lucy Langdon says:

    The Flytrap
    This short story is by Elizabeth Taylor.
    It is about a young girl called Sylvia. The girl is very poor but still gets to go to a piano lesson one night a week. She goes on a bus by herself and can sometimes get very scared. This time she meets a man who is more than odd but gets looked after by a seemingly nice woman, who was also on the bus at the same time. Sylvia notices the man as he is almost always on the bus at the same time as her.
    The story shows that you should never trust anyone that you don’t know. I like this story because it never really ends. The ending could be perfectly harmless or the whole story could have been made to put the girl in danger. Either way the story leaves you in suspense throughout the whole story.

  22. talia says:

    The Splendid Cannibals – Tales of the Peculiars – Ransom Riggs

    this story is about a village of people who can grow back all their limbs.
    one day a group of starving cannibals pay them a visit. the cannibals humbly ask if anyone has a limb to spare, the villagers remain silent, apart from one old man who gives the cannibals his arm. grateful for his kind deed, the cannibals pay the old man generously.
    with his money the old man builds himself a nice cottage. but the villagers became jealous, why should an old man have a nicer house than them? so they begin selling their limbs to the cannibals, limb by limb and each time their limbs grow back. the villager’s houses became more and more advanced until they were all living in mansions. all except the old man, who didn’t care for fancy mansions, he still kept his cottage and was scorned upon by the other villagers.

    the villagers were greedy and the more they got the more they wanted, they sold more and more of their limbs, and other body parts too, until they no longer had any limbs.
    now at a huge advantage, the cannibals tied all the villagers to a post in the garden and stole the houses for themselves. the villagers spent the rest of their lives feeding the cannibals for nothing, but the old man was left alone because no one wanted his small cottage. so he lived happily ever after in his modest cottage….the end.

  23. talia says:

    the good cannibals – tales of the peculiar- ransom riggs

    this is a story about a village of people who can regrow their limbs.
    one day a group of starving cannibals pay them a visit. humbly they ask if anyone can spare a limb. the villagers go silent, but an old man steps forward and gives them his leg. grateful for the old mans kind deed, the cannibals pay him generously. with his money, the old man builds himself a lovely cottage.
    however, the other villagers are jealous. why should an old man have a nicer house than them?
    so they began to sell the cannibals their limbs. each time they were paid handsomely, until they were all living in elegant mansions, all except the old man, who disliked huge mansions and kept his modest home this was scorned upon by the other villagers.

    the villagers were greedy, and the more money they got, the more money they wanted, until they had sold all their limbs and, desperate for more riches, they began selling other body parts to the cannibals (which they could not grow back) until eventually they could no longer build their homes as they had no way of moving or communicating with other people.

    with a huge advantage on them, the cannibals tied the villagers to posts in their gardens and stole their houses for themselves. the villagers spent the rest of their lives feeding their limbs to the cannibals for nothing. all except the old man who had been left alone for nobody wanted his lowly cottage, so he kept all his limbs and lived happily ever after…….

    i love this story as it shows how greed can affect people and that the more greedy you are the less you will have until you have nothing, like the villagers. it morals that you should be happy with what you already have; even if its not very much because although it may seem like you have less, in the end you will have more.

  24. Darja :) says:

    the wizard and the hopping pot – J.k. Rowling

    there was once a kindly old wizard who used his magic generously and wisely for the benefit of his neighbours and when the neighbours asked him how he heeled their illnesses or helped them get their things back he answered that he was just always pleased to give his pot a stir and put things right. the man lived to an old age and died leaving everything he had, including the pot, to his cold-hearted son. when people came to the son and begged him for help, he turned them out and that’s when his troubles began….

  25. Izzy Paige :)) says:

    Tears Of Glass – Tears of glass is about a girl who has lost her mum who was a musician. Her Dad was depressed and wouldn’t talk to anyone so the girls did all the cooking and cleaning for her younger sister. When the girl starts to play a song that her mum had taught her on the piano, the dad becomes happy.

    I chose this short story because I love the message that it gives that music can help. I also love the language that the author uses. She doesn’t actually say that it is a piano but she uses similes for it. I also like the fact that it turns out happy in the end and that’s why i chose this short story.

  26. Harriet says:

    The wind and the sun

    The wind and the sun had an argument about who was stronger. A traveler came past with a blanket and the wind said the first to make the traveler take off his blanket is the strongest. The wind blew hard but the traveler pulled the blanket tighter, the harder he blew the tighter the blanket was pulled, so he gave up. The sun smiled down on the traveler and he loosened the blanket, he smiled a warmer smile and the traveler removed the blanket altogether. The sun was the strongest.
    I chose this story because its very short, simple and easy to understand. It also carries a moral which is that a gentle smile can achieve what brutal force cannot.

  27. Rebecca Meiklejohn says:

    The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck – BEATRIX POTTER

    This is a tale of a duck named Jemima. She lives on a farm with her sister-in-law (Mrs. Rebeccah Puddle-Duck). At the beginning, Jemima is annoyed. This is because the farmer’s wife would not let her hatch her own eggs (the reason being that the farmer’s wife did not think Jemima was a capable sitter.). Her sister-in-law, who was perfectly willing to have someone else hatch her own eggs, told Jemima “you do not have the patience to sit on a nest. You would let the eggs go cold!”

    Jemima defies her sisters remarks and tells everyone “I wish to hatch my own eggs; I will hatch them all by myself”

    As her first plan, Jemima tries to hide her eggs; however, this did not work because they were always found and taken away. To prevent her eggs from being carried off, Jemima had another idea to build her nest right away from the farm.

    On a fine spring afternoon, she set off to the wood – wearing a shawl and a poke bonnet. She began to waddle around in search of a nest when, suddenly, she saw an elegantly dressed gentleman, reading the newspaper. he had black prick ears and sandy whiskers, with a long, bushy tail. Jemima explained to the ‘man’ that she had not lost her way, but that she was trying to find a convenient dry nesting-space.

    The ‘Gentleman’ replied, saying “I have a sackful of feathers in my wood-shed. No, my dear madam, you will be in nobody’s way. You may sit there as long as you like.” Jemima was shocked to find such a vast amount of feathers, but it was very comfortable and she had no trouble making a nest.

    The ‘man’ was so polite, that he seemed almost sorry to let Jemima go home for the night. He promised to take great care of her eggs…but also said he loved eggs, omelettes and ducklings….was this all too good to be true? Was the ‘man’ really as good as he seemed? Were Jemima and her eggs safe? Was he even a man?…

    This is a tale of pursuit and prey. I love this story because it is very friendly and creative. I also love the imagination and the thought that was put into the making of this book. I like reading fiction books of this category, clothed animals, animals that talk and can also read!

    I chose this story because it is one of the classic children’s book, and you can never hate a Beatrix potter book! 🙂

  28. Rebecca Meiklejohn says:

    The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck – BEATRIX POTTER

    This is a tale of a duck named Jemima. She lives on a farm with her sister-in-law (Mrs. Rebeccah Puddle-Duck). At the beginning, Jemima is annoyed. This is because the farmer’s wife would not let her hatch her own eggs (the reason being that the farmer’s wife did not think Jemima was a capable sitter.). Her sister-in-law, who was perfectly willing to have someone else hatch her own eggs, told Jemima “you do not have the patience to sit on a nest. You would let the eggs go cold!”

    Jemima defies her sisters remarks and tells everyone “I wish to hatch my own eggs; I will hatch them all by myself”

    As her first plan, Jemima tries to hide her eggs; however, this did not work because they were always found and taken away. To prevent her eggs from being carried off, Jemima had another idea to build her nest right away from the farm.

    On a fine spring afternoon, she set off to the wood – wearing a shawl and a poke bonnet. She began to waddle around in search of a nest when, suddenly, she saw an elegantly dressed gentleman, reading the newspaper. he had black prick ears and sandy whiskers, with a long, bushy tail. Jemima explained to the ‘man’ that she had not lost her way, but that she was trying to find a convenient dry nesting-space.

    The ‘Gentleman’ replied, saying “I have a sackful of feathers in my wood-shed. No, my dear madam, you will be in nobody’s way. You may sit there as long as you like.” Jemima was shocked to find such a vast amount of feathers, but it was very comfortable and she had no trouble making a nest.

    The ‘man’ was so polite, that he seemed almost sorry to let Jemima go home for the night. He promised to take great care of her eggs…but also said he loved eggs, omelettes and ducklings….was this all too good to be true? Was the ‘man’ really as good as he seemed? Were Jemima and her eggs safe? Was he even a man?…

    This is a tale of pursuit and prey. I love this story because it is very friendly and creative. I also love the imagination and the thought that was put into the making of this book. I like reading fiction books of this category, clothed animals, animals that talk and can also read!

    I chose this story because it is one of the classic children’s book, and you can never hate a Beatrix Potter book ! 🙂

  29. Sophie says:

    My book review is about Honesty is the Best Policy by Sonia Paruthi.

    It is a story about a man called Chandulal. He is a very innocent kind and hardworking man. He is poor and lives in a slum.He does not have a job and has many dreams. He lives far away from all of his friends and family so that he can fulfill his biggest dream of making his family happy.

    One day, he manages to get a job as a rickshaw puller (bus driver).
    Three passengers boarded one day. Chadulal dropped his wallet and the men pick it up. He is happy but they do not give it back. He is hurt by this but smiles and delivers them to their destination even though tears well up in his eyes.

    One of the men drop their wallet on the sidewalk and he called out to them to pick it up.Guilt ridden the men thank Chandulal and give him back his wallet apologising for trying to steal it.

    I think this is a nice story albeit short because it teaches you about the cruelty of some people and how even when something bad has happened to you you can still look on the bright side of things and can be kind to Pepe even if they aren’t kind back.

    I think the author presented this story well. She wrote it in a way that described the man well but not so much that you had lots of unnecessary information about him and although you’ve only read two or three sentences you are already starting to feel emotions towards this man who wants nothing more in life than to please others around him.
    You find it upsetting when his wallet is stolen not because his wallet was stolen but because he does not confront them and drives them to their destination without another word but just hoping they’ll give it back when they get off. He’s even still smiling as tears well up in his eyes. What really does it though is when he calls out to the men that they dropped their wallet when they had stolen his.

    This was a very effective technique the writer used by giving three the descriptions of Chadulal to make it more effective and descriptive.

  30. BronwynHarris says:

    The story tells of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses because they have bad table manners or they are too fat or thin or not beautiful. One stormy night a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince’s castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince’s mother decides to test their unexpected, unwitting guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds. In the morning, the guest tells her hosts that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed that she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding, so the two are married.

    They all live happily ever after.

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