The Treacherous Birthday Party

      It was a serene and sunny Saturday, just perfect for Andrew. What made it even better was, it was his friend’s birthday, thus a double bonanza. When the evening instituted itself, Andrew was filled with jubilation. He was squandering his leisure time before the party by playing outside. There he saw a mysterious stranger with a black hat running toward a tree. Suddenly, he started to feel under the weather, but still badly wanted to go to the party. So, when he came home, he immediately started searching for a birthday card.

    When he reached the birthday venue, a laser tag place, he was amazed by the colossal building. Finally, he got to the party area. In surprise, he saw many acquaintances of Ryan disappointed and baffled. The cakes were smashed and the pizzas were already eaten! The party was as unorganized as the languages and dialects of India. “Oh my gosh! Should we figure out who did this?” said Andrew. “Well, we know it wasn’t caused by this place. The food was alright thirty minutes ago,” said Ryan in dismay.

     “Maybe we should look for clues,” Andrew suggested. “Yeah!” Ryan retorted. “Look! I found something,” Andrew exclaimed. “Whoever did this must be right-handed because they put the napkin and spoon they used on their right side. Also, they must have a necklace because they left this behind next to the spoon,” he said. Ryan declared that Andrew was dexterous and intensive.

“Wait, there’s ashen and silky fur, so it has to be an animal,” divulged Ryan. “How?” exclaimed Andrew. “You see,” the spoon and necklace was already there, I remember seeing it when I first entered,” he explained. Then, out of nowhere, a cat leaped onto Andrew’s lap. “Oh! I’m sorry,” said Stacy, the gray cat. “I didn’t mean to get your dress ruined.”  “That’s it!” said Andrew. Then, the boys explained to Ryan’s parents about what happened in the party and who was the real culprit. Everyone had a good laugh. “Well, I guess there’s one more thing to do,” said Ryan. “Go to the laser tag arena to play and have fun!” said Andrew enthusiastically. “You bet!” said Ryan, with a big smile on his face.


Elementary students were asked to write a story in about 250 words that involved a birthday card, a tree, a stranger, a cat, and a hat.

They were also required to decorate the story by using 5 strong adjectives, 5 strong verbs, 5 mystery/thriller/suspense words or phrases, and 2 figurative languages.



Divyanshu Somasekhar - 8th grade

Adorned with a beautiful cursive writing, Divyanshu is an enthusiastic learner. Not only is he eager to learn new lessons, he also makes sure he uses his class time constructively. He has a great vocabulary bank, and combined with his commitment to doing his best, this young writer continues to make steady progress in all areas of writing.