One of the things I like best about being a librarian at St. Eugene is being chosen by students to be the one who listens to them when they are excited by a new book or author, or being the person who reads the newest story aspiring authors have written. Many of you have seen Tesse in these pages-she’s the Series Queen, the student who loves to read all the books she can by any author she loves. All that reading definitely leads to only good things!
Here is a story that Tesse wrote over the weekend. I thought it was a charming St. Patrick’s Day tale and perfect for today! Enjoy, everyone!
A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise
It was St. Patrick’s Day 2014, a Monday to be exact, and Jade had just woken up. She went downstairs to see if the leprechauns had made any messes. They had. One mess was in the living room and the other was in the kitchen. She went to the living room to start cleaning up. But something was strange. On the living room table was a doll.“Wow!” she exclaimed. She quickly cleaned up the living room mess and the mess in the kitchen, scooped up the doll, and carried her up to her room where she made her bed and put her on it. Then she got ready, had some breakfast and went off to school.
When she got back from school, she did her homework and went to her bedroom to relax. She picked up the new doll she had received from the leprechauns. It had to be from them! She had curly orange hair and was wearing a green, long-sleeved dress that was covered in clovers and had a pocket on it. She also wore a green headband and green shoes. “I wonder if she has a name.” Jade wondered aloud. “Of course I do,” said the doll. Jade quickly let go of the doll and stared at her. “My name is Cloverna,” the doll continued. Cloverna held out her hand for her to shake, and Jade shook it. “Sorry for scaring you,” apologized Cloverna. “That’s okay,” Jade said with a smile. “It’s just that I’ve never heard a doll talk on its own before. By the way, my name’s Jade.” “Nice to meet you, Jade” said Cloverna politely. “But I already knew what your name was.” She paused for a moment, then said, “I brought you a gift, you know.” “You did?” Jade asked. “Yes,” Cloverna replied. “I’m sure you’ll like it.” She reached into her dress pocket and pulled out a tiny shamrock. She put it on Jade’s bed. It began to glow brightly. Jade covered her eyes to avoid being blinded.
When she opened her eyes, the shamrock was gone! In its place was a green spiral notebook that was covered in shamrocks. Next to it was a small green pen that was also covered in shamrocks. “The pen writes in green ink.” Cloverna said. Jade opened the notebook. There were lined pages, each one with a green shamrock border. Jade hugged the notebook to her chest. “I love these gifts!” she said. Then she put the notebook down and picked Cloverna up and gave her a hug too. “Thank you.” Jade said. “Hey, can you help me get rid of my other notebooks?” “Okay, but grab the ones you want to save.” Cloverna replied. Jade grabbed 2 notebooks, one green one and one with polka dots. Then Cloverna reached into her pocket and pulled out another shamrock. She also pulled out some green cat’s eye sunglasses. “You might want to wear these.” Cloverna said to Jade, handing her the sunglasses. As Jade put them on, Cloverna threw the shamrock onto the table. It glowed once again, and when Jade took the sunglasses off, all her notebooks were gone, except for the ones that she had saved and the one that Cloverna had given her.
“I’m going to write in my new notebook, okay?” Jade said to Cloverna. “You can just make yourself at home.” Jade grabbed my pen, clicked on its button, grabbed her notebook, and opened it. “Wait,” said Cloverna. She took another shamrock out of her pocket. “Hold this and put the sunglasses on.” Cloverna said, as she handed Jade the shamrock. After she put the sunglasses on, the shamrock glowed in her hand. When she took the sunglasses off a few minutes later, the shamrock was gone. Jade looked around. Nothing had changed. “What did you do?” she asked Cloverna. “I just cast an All-Ability spell on you.” Cloverna explained. “The name makes the meaning of the spell pretty self-explanatory.”
After Cloverna had cast the spell on her, Jade turned back to her notebook and began to write:
March 17, 2014
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The leprechauns made a mess of our classroom. The strangest thing happened today. The leprechauns not only made a mess of our living room and kitchen, they also gave me a doll! It turns out that the doll’s name is Cloverna and it talks and has magical powers! She cast an All-Ability spell on me and she was the one that gave me this notebook, which will serve as my personal diary. In a nutshell, it was a very magical day, which makes me wonder, what else is in store for me? What other magical things will happen to me in the future? I’m sure I’ll find out soon.
“Do you want to sleep with me tonight?” Jade asked Cloverna as she closed her diary. “Sure,” she replied. Just then, Jade heard her mom call, “Jade! Time for dinner!” “I’d better get going.” Jade said. “I’ll come back when I’m done.” Jade went downstairs to eat dinner. When she came back, she changed into her pajamas. Cloverna did too. Then she brushed her teeth, turned off her lights and climbed into bed. Cloverna climbed in with her. “Good night,” she whispered to Cloverna. “Thanks for everything.” “Good night, Jade.” Cloverna whispered back.
Jade closed her eyes and started to sleep. She didn’t notice Cloverna place a magic shamrock under her pillow, one that would make her most important wish come true.