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FABO Has Started! Write Your Story Now.

Celebrated children’s author Melinda Szymanik is the first FABO judge for 2016, and she’s just posted her first story starter!


Finish this story. Make sure you use the words burnt, alarm, maths, shell and eyeball, in your story.


The box on Tina’s desk shook. She pressed down on the lid to keep it still. Ruby glanced nervously at her, but Tina just smiled.

“What’s in the box?” came a voice from the seat behind.

“It’s my show and tell, Brandon,” Tina replied.

“Yeah, but what is it?” he asked, leaning over the back of her seat to get a better look.

“It’s a surprise,” Tina said. “You’ll find out soon enough.”

Everyone in the classroom heard the strange noise, and wrinkled their noses at the smell.

As 9 o’clock approached, Tina walked to the front of the room and placed the box on Miss Green’s desk, making sure she kept one hand on top of it at all times. She glanced at the clock on the wall. Only a few more seconds and the bell would go and Miss Green would ask her to lead today’s ‘Show and tell.’ Tina had been waiting days for her turn. Boy were they going to be surprised. They had never seen anything like this before. Little did they know how much danger they were in…

Click here to finish the rest of the story.

The competition closes Friday April 15, so get your entry in before then.

Melinda Szymanik is the author of lots of books, including The Were-Nana (winner of the 2009 NZ Post Children’s Choice Award), and A Winter’s Day In 1939. She’s looking forward to reading your stories!



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