Back in March I was one of the judges for the BBC's 500 Words competition. I was assigned fiction from the 5-9 year old category, so I read lots of stories about guinea pigs and pets, dragons and witches, dinosaurs, magical food, making wishes, siblings and teachers and parents, superheroes, and accounts of last night's dreams. I also read stories that were incredibly sad when you read between the lines, stories focussing on being brave, ways to overcome bullies, or children finding gold so they were not poor any more. Stories that said a lot about the child's real life, yet also made me smile at times, such as this:
"One upon a time there lived a very lonely girl called Sarah. She lived with her mum but she had no dad because they had got divorced. Her mum’s a lovely lady except she made horrible food and the worst puddings ever that tasted of gung and smelt horrible."