Stories

Every morning, brilliant new stories are written by primary schoolchildren.They are all stored in our library (the stories, not the children). To read the stories and see the pictures, just click on the title or read more to view stories.

We also have stories from our other locations:  Cork, Conamara, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, NorthWest, Wicklow, and Wexford

Can’t Catch the Sloth: A story of friendship, triumph, and parsnips...

Fighting Words at Dublin Book Festival 2020, 5 December 2020

Once there was a giant sloth named Philip. Philip had long arms, was gray with a white tummy and had yellow eyes. 

He got kicked out of where he was born by being shot out of a cannon and landed in a truck full of parsnips.

His greatest wish was to go back to where he was born because he wanted to see his family.

Piggy Land

Scoil Assaim BNS, 5th class, 4th December 2020

One day, Borge the pig was chilling in some mud, admiring Tony the pig. Tony was his crush. 

Tony’s sister Jemima bumped into him and told him about the maths contest. 

The maths contest was being hosted by Borge’s maths teacher Karen.

Tigers on the Loose

Catherine McAuley NS, 5th class, 2nd December 2020

Gerald the Tiger Owner was out walking his tiger, Ben, when he ran into Madison Ray, another tiger owner. Madison Ray’s tiger was named Tiki. 

“I like your tiger,” said Gerald. 

“I like your tiger too,” said Madison.

Christmas vs Halloween Spirit

St. Thomas' JNS, 2nd Class Jobstown, Fighting Words Wicklow 02 December 2020

Justin the Elf was delivering presents with Santa. Suddenly, he saw Sprinkles, the reindeer. Sprinkles dropped the presents from the sleigh. The presents got stuck in a tree.

“We need to get those presents back or the children will not have presents to rip open on Christmas morning,” Santa said. 

“I’m too small to get the presents, I could get stuck too,” said Justin the Elf. 

I Want To Break Free

St.Vincent's , 6th class, County Cork, Fighting Words Cork, 01 December 2020

Once upon a time there was a lonely sloth called Barry. When he was born he was taken away from his parents, so he never really knew them. 

He was taken to the zoo. He was afraid when he got there because all the other animals were bashing at the gates.

The zoo-keeper brought the sloth to the cage where he would be staying.

The Clash of Two Armies

Ballyroan BNS, 4th Class, Rathfarnham, Fighting Words Wicklow, 01 December 2020

It was kind of a good day but it was also kind of a bad day…

Steward the Sausage and Cheesy the Cheeseman met Bertha the Burnt Sausage at Burger King. 

Together they met to lead their mighty army of pickles

The Three Friends

St. Peters NS, Dunboyne2nd & 3rd class, 30th November 2020

Heather and Misty were reindeer who were great friends.

They were both cuddled asleep together. Misty and Heather were thinking about becoming friends with Bob the Reindeer. 

One day, they went to the woods and saw Bob and they became friends with him.

Max’s Adventure

St. Fiachras JNS, 2nd class, 27th November 2020

One day, there was a dog called Max. One day Max and his best friend, Ruby the Cat were playing at the park. 

All of a sudden, a ball came by.

The ball rolled by and Max put his paw on the ball, but he forgot he can’t play with balls because of the way he was born. 

Humphrey agus an Cháis

Scoil Náisiúnta na bhForbacha, Na Forbacha, Co. na Gaillimhe, Rang a 5, Fighting Words Chonamara, 26/11/2020

Tráthnóna Dé Sathairn a bhí ann. Dhúisigh Humphrey an hamstar ar a naoi a chlog an mhaidin sin.

Tháinig nathair isteach an fhuinneog agus ba bheag nár ith sé Humphrey. 

Peata duine de na comharsana a bhí ann, a bhí imithe ar strae. 

Eoin, an Bhó agus an Madra

S.N. Colmcille, Leitir Móir, Co. na Gaillimhe, Rang: 3, 4, 5, 6, Fighting Words Chonamara, 25/11/2020

Bhí chuile dhuine ag piocadh ar Eoin – bhí siad ag rá go raibh sé ró-óg le dul suas ar bharr Mount Everest. 

Ní raibh sé sásta go raibh chuile dhuine ag rá go raibh sé ró-óg. 

Bhí sé ag iarraidh dul suas ann le taispeáint go raibh na daoine sin mícheart. 

The Husky and the Turtle

St. Thomas' JNSJobstown, 2nd Class, Fighting Words Wicklow, 25 November 2020

Bolt the Husky was a husky that was alone. He was lonely and had no food or friends. 

His greatest wish was to have an owner. Then a few days later, he found an owner, a girl named Rosie. 

She was the best owner Bolt could ever imagine. 

Jimmy’s Journey

St. Fiachras SNS, 6th Class, 25th November 2020

Jimmy was a T-Rex and had a very simple life. Until one day his brother, Timmy went missing. His Uncle Sam kidnapped him. Jimmy was devastated. 

It was up to Jimmy to find Timmy. And on his way to find him, he met his friend, Fred the Frog. 

Jimmy and his best friend were on a lifelong mission to defeat Uncle Sam.

Pork Chop

Ballyroan BNS, Rathfarnham, 4th Class,  Fighting Words Wicklow 24 November 2020

One day Dave the pig was having his breakfast when the bowl of cereal spilled all over him. 

The spoon fell onto his trousers and because it was a spoon, he ran and ran around the table until it fell off. 

Just when his best friend George the porch was about to knock on the door, Dave jumped out the window and they crashed into each other. 

The Wish for Dog Food

Our Lady Immaculate JNS, 2nd class, 23rd November 2020

Once upon a time there was a dog called Lucky. 

He was the luckiest dog in the land. Everything he asked for came true. He lived at the beach. 

But there was one thing that didn’t come true: his wish for a mountain of dog food.

Mary an cangarú agus Big Kev an turtar

Scoil Shéamais Naofa, Bearna, Co. na Gaillimhe, Rang a 2, Fighting Words Chonamara, 19/11/2020

Bhí Big Kev an turtar agus Mary an cangarú ag súgradh. D’imigh siad leo ansin le huachtar reoite a fháil.

Go tobann, thit an t-uachtar reoite.

Tháinig luchóg agus thosaigh sé ag ithe an uachtar reoite ón talamh! Thosaigh Mary ag screadaíl.

Danny Dog and George the Pig's Adventure

St. Thomas' JNS, Jobstown, 2nd Class, Fighting Words Wicklow, 18 November 2020

Once upon a time there was a nice white dog who liked to play football. His name was Danny Dog and his best friend was called George the Pig. 

Danny Dog and George the Pig walked through the forest where they bumped into Bobby the hungry wolf.

Danny Dog was afraid of Bobby the wolf because he might eat him.  

Bananas vs Vegetables

Glenasmole NS, 1st and 2nd class, 18th November 2020

Class Pods: Superteam, The Animals and Powerful Bananas

Super Anna worked as a scientist. She tried to make a potion to turn into a banana. 

And it worked -- she was a banana! She was thinking and thinking, and she finally thought of a name. 

Super Anna Banana! She fought vegetables. She had a terrible dream about vegetables. 

Hedgehog Wars

Straffan National School, Kildare, 5/6th Class, Fighting Words Wicklow 17 November 2020

Fernando, the hedgehog, falls off the hedge to spy on his owner’s family. He sneaks off to the window to look inside. 

Then, Ricardo’s sister catches him. Fernando was sad because he saw his owners through the window eating sausages. 

Sausages remind him of his friend who passed away last week.

The Richest King

St. Peter’s School, Senior 4, 16th November 2020

Once upon a time King Thomas was sitting on his throne. He felt like he wasn’t rich enough and his wish was to become the richest king in all the land. 

To do so, he had to get a job. He started working at McDonald’s. 

He was flipping burgers when Barry, his boss, approached him and said, “We have a job opening for the mascot and his name is Timmy. 

Toilet Man’s Adventure

St. Fiachra’s School, 2nd class, 13th November 2020

Once upon a time there was a toilet named Toilet Man. Toilet Man really wanted to be famous. But he never got the chance to be famous because he’s a toilet.

His best friend, Billy the Toilet Paper cheered him up. Toilet Man didn’t want anyone to flush him. 

Billy the Toilet Paper stuck up for him by trying to fall off his rack and distract people from flushing.

The Last Unicorn Gone

St. Thomas' JNS, Jobstown, 2nd Class, Fighting Words Wicklow 11 November 2020

Patricia the Gymnast went to meet her friend Lolly the Fairy.

They went to the gym to do some gymnastics, and after they popped in to McDonalds for dinner. 

“Let’s go back to the gym and do some more gymnastics,” said Lolly. 

Fish for Dinner

St. Fiachra’s SNS, 6th class, 11th November 2020

Jerry the Sheriff was from the Wild West, and one day he got a letter to join the FBI. 

So, he put cling film on his pet goldfish, Shark's bowl and headed to New York. 

Three days later, he arrived at the airport on horseback. 

 

The Evil Old Man

Laragh National School Cork, 3rd Class, Fighting Words Cork, 10 November 2020

Once upon a time there was an old man. This old man got married and got a child that was evil.

He broke up with his wife and they never met again. He lost all his money. Then the evil child grew up and became a step dad.

This old man was the step father of a daughter and a son.

The Great Potato Break-Up

Straffan National School, 6th Class, Kildare, Fighting Words Wicklow, 10 November 2020

One day, a farmer grew potatoes. He grew some carrots as well. And on that day, Peter the Potato was born! But, not long after, Kevin the Carrot was born. 

From day one, their friendship was unbreakable.

Unfortunately, Peter found a wife called Patricia the Sweet Potato and wouldn’t hang out with the homies anymore.

The Switch of Man Man and Girl Girl

Scoil Assaim, 5th class, 9th November 2020

Once upon a time, there was a man called Man Man who was bitten by a radioactive man and turned into a man.

Earlier that morning, his girlfriend broke up with him so he went for a walk. The girlfriend left him for the dentist, Dr. Salt, which was his greatest fear. His girlfriend was Girl Girl. She was bitten by a radioactive girl.

Man Man used to be a girl and Girl Girl used to be a man. When they were bitten by the radioactive people, they swapped. 

Billy and Bob’s Adventure

St. Fiachra’s School, 2nd class, 6th November 2020

Once upon a time there lived a hamburger named Bob. His best friend was a hot dog named Billy. He lived in a place called Greasy Town. 

They were going on their holiday in 2016 when they saw an evil chef who took all of Bob’s ingredients off. 

And Billy the Hot Dog helped put his ingredients back on. They both said, “Phew! That was close.”

The Unknown Corruption

St. Peter’s School Senior 5, 4th November 2020

Aidan Bishop faked his death. He was trying to escape the army and in order to become Aidan Bishop, he had to kill his old self. 

When he was in the army, he saw something he didn’t want to see.

The truth about the army. He was the only soldier who noticed the corruption in the army related to the government.

Gasper the Fearless Lion

St. Thomas' JNS, Jobstown, 2nd Class, Fighting Words Wicklow, 04 November 2020

Once upon a time, there was an albino lion called Gasper. He was the odd one out because he had red splotches on his fur. 

On his first day of school, everyone made fun of him, but his greatest wish was that he wanted a new friend. 

He was afraid of people because they were very scary and they tried to hurt him. 

The Minotaur

By Alanna, age 11 - Co. Dublin

The minotaur statue stood in a shed. Suddenly, it came to life. There had a been a leak in the shed roof and as the rain came in, the plaster, which had encased a real minotaur, washed off. He felt clueless and confused.

Why have I been brought into this world? he thought.

The Lonely Villain

St.Luke's National School,3rd and 4th class, Fighting Words Cork, 03 November 2020 

Once upon a time there was a villain named Paige and she really wanted a friend. Paige wasn’t that tall and she wasn’t that small. 

She had a pet bird called Flame. The bird was called Flame because when she got her she went on fire, with her fire powers.Flame was a phoenix.  Paige lives in England, in London. 

“Come down Flame and eat seeds” said Paige. Paige clicked her fingers and the bird came down.”You do know I can talk” said Flame cheekily.

Emerald the Mermaid

Warrenmount Primary School, 3rd and 4th Class, 23rd October 2020

Once upon a time there was a beautiful mermaid named Emerald who lived in the sea. 

Her best friend was called Hookie-Pookie. 

They were best friends and they always liked to go to the seaweed wood and hide and look for fish.

The Battle of Joey the Ninja Chicken and the KFC Crew

St. Kevin's National School, Tara Hills, 5th Class, Fighting Words Wicklow, 21 October 2020

Terrified, Joey the Ninja Chicken took his first steps into the KFC world knowing he may never leave…

Five years earlier - Joey was having fun with his great-granddad on the farm. 

They were sitting around eating wheat when Colonel Sanders, the CEO of KFC, jumped out of the bushes and took Joey’s great-granddad. 

Liz and her Adventure

Bunscoil na Toirbhirte, 3rd Class, Fighting Words Cork 20 October 2020

She was born in Space and then she moved to a different country. The girl’s name was Liz. She wanted to be rich because she is poor.

She didn’t have that much money and she wanted to take care of her family. 

She had horns and they were curling around her ears. 

Woof the Dog’s Adventure

St. Fiachra’s JNS 2nd Class, 19th October 2020

Once upon a time there was a dog named Woof and he met his friend named Daisy. 

And there was another friend dog named Lucy. They ran away to the museum of gold. 

After they finished going to the museum of gold, they went back home and they played all day. 

Chunky the monkey and Shakie the snakeys’ great adventure

St. Fiachra’s JNS - 2nd Class, 16th October 2020

Chunky the monkey and his best friend Shakie the snakey were walking down the street. 

Chunky received a note that two years from now the oof army would come to battle him. 

Chunky was very worried. They tried to find a place to hide from the army. Chunky and Shakie went to the army to steal an army boat from their secret base. 

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Bob A and Barta's School Trip

St Thomas' SNS, Jobstown​, 4th class, County Wicklow, 28 February 2019

One day in school Bob A was going on a tour with his class to a haunted house. 

The bus driver was really, really mean. Bob A wanted to get rid of the bus driver and needed help to do it.

He teamed up with Barta, his best friend, to annoy the bus driver. 

Blueblop and George

Croi Ro Naofa JNS, 2nd Class, County Wicklow, 27th February 2019

There once was a mutant called Blueblop. Blueblop was mad because he wanted to be a person. 

One day he saw a stray dog and he brought it to his house. He became best friends with George.

When Blueblop woke up the next morning, he saw that George was kidnapped! 

The Dragons Save The World

St. Thomas’ JNS, 2nd class, County Wicklow, 26th February 2019

Once upon a time there was a cat named Lightfury. They had the body and wings of a dragon but tail of a lizard. 

They lived in Knockandburn Castle inside a volcano. His greatest fear was Flynn the magic evil dragon.

One Thursday when Lightfury got up, they went out of the volcano onto the grass. 

Al and Cheesy's Army

St Thomas’ SNS, Tallaght​, 4th class,  Counnty Wicklow, 14th February 2019

Once there was a flying taco and his name was Al. His best friend was Cheesy the Spotty Cheese. 

They met one day in a shop when Cheesy accidentally stuck cheese on Al.

“We have fused,” Al said. They high-fived and wished for a new power.

Tiger the Tiger

St Thomas’s JNS, 2nd Class, County Wicklow, 12th February 2019

Tiger the Tiger was trying to collect as many things as he could. 

Tiger met his best friend, Tadhg the Lion, in his secret place. 

“Let’s go look for food in the desert,” says Tadhg. 

Robo and Max's Adventure

St. Thomas’, 4th Class, County Wicklow, 7th February 2019

Once upon a time in Popoville, there was a dog called Max with an owner who always talked and chit-chatted.

One day when Max was barking, “stop talking,” at his owner, something strange happened. His owner stopped blabbing.

Then, after sixty seconds of silence while his owner Bob gave him food, the talking started again. It was like a virus.

Sally's Crash on Mars

Sacred Heart National School, 2nd Class, County Wicklow, 6th February 2019

Once upon a time Sally the Astronaut was flying in her rocket ship. When she was flying, she crashed into Mars.

She searched for the parts of her rocket, when she fell into some alien poo.

Sally wished that her best friend was there with her, when suddenly Emma the mermaid appeared! 

The Day of the Llamalympics

Scoil Treasa, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 5th February 2019

There was a Llama who lived in a tree. One day he met a sloth in the tree that was eating leaves. 

The sloth’s name was Timmy, and they became best friends. Lo Llama was afraid that he was going to grow a unicorn horn, as then his friend Timmy wouldn’t like him.

One night he dreamt of winning the Golden Toilet- he had seen a poster on his tree that day. The poster had said that there was a competition.

Poosh’s Great Escape

St Attracta’s NS, 2nd class, County Wicklow, 31st January 2019

One Tuesday Poosh was sitting at home on a couch watching Tom&Jerry on TV. 

Suddenly he sneezed and his friend BBJ the duck appeared. Poosh screamed.

BBJ said: “Ronald the chicken is outside trying to capture us.” 

Nutty and Rex's Adventure

St. Fergal’s, NS, Bray, 3rd Class, County Wicklow, 30 January 2019

On a Tuesday under a tree sat Nutty and Rex. All of a sudden, Nutty ran up the ginormous tree. 

Nutty was so huge, he could only climb ginormous trees. Nutty says “Come catch me!”

“But I can’t climb!” replied Rex “Instead of playing chase, let’s go find this magic key you keep talking about”

Mr Chang’s Quest

St. Attracta’s, Second Class, County Wicklow, 29th January 2019

Once there was a man called Mr. Chang. He had a friend called Canning, who was a hurl with a face.

Mr. Chang is afraid of chickens, and lives in a tree house in China, in the middle of the tropical rainforest.

His greatest wish was to find a flying pig to ride on, but he had never seen a farm with a pig on it.

Cheese Wars

St. Laurence’s NS, Greystones​, County Wicklow, 4th class, 23rd January 2019

Mrs. McCrankey was talking to Rodger, the cheese shark, how to turn the Pacific Ocean into Nacho cheese.  But then Rodger said:

“But what if my cousin Cheddar turns the sea into Cheddar cheese?”

“We could get an army of hot Nacho cheese sharks” replied Mrs. McCrankey.

Pitchungus on the Loose

Scoil Chualann​, 5th class, County Wicklow, 22nd January 2019

Once upon a time there was someone called Pitchungus who was a blue half rabbit, half bird. 

He had a best friend named Mr. Shark.

One day, big Pitchungus jumped out of the hole that Mr Bush had trapped him in.

The Story of Weirdness

St Patrick’s NS Curtlestown​, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class, County Wicklow, 4th December 2018

Once upon a time there was a donkey called Joe who lived on the side of a hill. 

He was eating his spuds when in came his friend Spuddy.

“Hi Spuddy, how are you? You smell like potatoes” said Donkey Joe.

Jimmy's Great Adventure

Sacred Heart SNS​, 5th class, County Wicklow,29th November 2018

Once upon a time a village lady had a baby with octopus arms and legs.

The baby’s name was Jimmy and one day she lost him. 

As he was running he tripped and fell into a giant sausage sambo. 

Granny Teta’s Great Adventures

Kilcoole Primary School, 6th class,County Wicklow, 27th November 2018

Granny Teta was sitting in her old springy armchair thinking about the time Granny Murray broke the speed limit and flew off a cliff.

She imagined the time when they drove over the cliff and she remembered her best friend’s rainbow hair.

She was listening to diddley-aye music on her portable cd player.

Jeff and the Dinosaur Danger

Scoil Mhuire, Shankill, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 22nd November 2018

Once upon a time there was a man called Jeff who was rich. Jeff was very friendly, but sassy sometimes.

He started to go call for his friend Fire, who was a phoenix. He told him about his greatest wish:

“I want to be a turtle with super powers!” Jeff said.

The Life of Tommy and Bryan

Kilcoole Primary School, 6th class, County Wicklow, 20th November 2018

Bang…an explosion woke Tommy up. “Ah leave me alone” he shouted. 

He thought they had come to get him but then realised his cell was destroyed. 

He looked at the cracked walls of his grey room and then Bryan, his dumb friend, walked in with a bunch of dynamite, and shouted;

The Wolf, the spud and the spoon

Gorey ETNS​ 5th Class, County Wicklow, 14th November 2018

One spring day in 2019, Umi had to move in with her auntie and uncle because her parents  had neglected her.  

She didn’t like them but she liked her auntie and uncle because of where they lived and their personalities.

But one night, when she was going to bed she dreamed about going into the forest. 

Doodle Bob and his doodles

Powerscourt NS, 3rd & 4th Class, County Wicklow, 8th November 2018

Not very long ago somewhere on Neptune-Doodle Bob was swimming in the sea and he met a baby octopus.

“Hello Squiggle” said Doodle Bob. 

“Hello to you too”, said Squiggle. “What have you been doing Doodle Bob?”

Pablo and Juan’s Great Adventure

Gorey ETNS​, 5th class, County Wicklow, 7th November 2018

Once upon a time, a man called Juan, was building a house.  He looked around and saw a squirrel.

“Oh, you’re a pleasant looking squirrel, I’m going to call you Plonky!”  Juan said throwing him a few peanuts.

But just then he saw a flying brick that hit the squirrel and injured it.

Valerie Blue’s Secret Mission

St Kevin’s, Tarahill​, 5th class, County Wicklow, 25th October 2018

I was in a horrible dream with zombie leprechauns. It was blurry, but I remember them all screaming my name: “Valerie Blue”.

I screamed, and my mother came to my side. My mum had to tell me the horrible news that Fruit-Juice Man had died. 

The only thing I had left of him was his last bottle. 

The Worst Hallowe’en

Donoughmore NS, 2nd and 3rd Class, County Wicklow, 24th October 2018

One Saturday morning, Gummy bear went to Ducky’s house to call on him to go trick-or-treating, but Ducky, the half-duck, half-pig wasn’t there.

Gummy Bear walked into his house to look for him, but couldn’t find him, because he was because he was hiding under the couch, afraid of Hallowe’en)

There was a big cake on the table, so, as no one was there, Gummy Bear started to eat it.

A Lizard Called Blizzard

St. Patrick’s NS, 3rd class, County Wicklow, 23rd October 2018

Once there were two lizards. One was called Blizzard, and the other was called Lily.

Blizzard loved to teleport things and Lily loved to fly. They lived in the Amazon rainforest in South America.

Blizzard really wanted to be in a movie, but he had stage fright!

Jimbob And The Voice

Sacred Heart Primary School, 5th Class, County Wicklow, 18 October 2018

One day there lived a man named Jimbob.  He is a wanted criminal, locked up in jail.

In the cell one evening Jimbob was talking to DJ Alpaca.

“If I shapeshifted into an ant I could try and get the key off the guard” said Jimbob.

Big Gill and Pizza

Hollypark BNS, 6th class County Wicklow, 17th October 2018

One summer evening, Big Gill was eating frozen pizza on her balcony. She was leaning on the railings.

She saw her Mum below and panicked and dropped the pizza. It fell all the way down and landed on Jeff’s face. 

He was lying on a sun-bed. Jeff is Gill’s best friend. He works for Deliveroo. 

The Butcher Strikes Again

Wicklow Montessori School, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class, County Wicklow, 16 October 2018

One bright, early morning, Lily the doge was lying in bed. 

Suddenly she fell out of bed because she was having a bad dream. 

In her dream,   black widow spiders were trying to eat her whole!

The Chicken Nugget Quest

St John’s SNS, Arklow​, 4th class, County Wicklow, 11th October 2018

Once on a stormy night in McDonald’s a chicken nugget named Jeff was being served with chips. 

He saw a giant potato that he recognised from TV sitting down and ordering chicken nuggets. 

Then a marshmallow called KFC jumped off the tray that was across the room and ran over.

The Cake Wars

Blessington no 1 NS, 4th Class, County Wicklow, 10th October 2018

Once there was a five legged bat called Jeff. He was very unique, because he could spit fire.

Not too far away Karl the frog is sitting in the same place he has been for the past year. 

This was because he has no legs. In the not too distant past there had been a war in which Karl had lost his legs in an explosion.

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