Category Archives: Stories for Young Adults

Stories for teenagers and young adults.

Neo Jamaican Nursery Rhymes

I spent some time earlier this month doing a course in writing picture books for children at the University of the West Indies’ Department of Literatures in English. Writing picture books for children is a fascinating field and it has … Continue reading

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The Portraits of Liya Preston

“Is this Liya?” “Yes?  Who is this?” “My name is Aubrey Fosse, and I’m an artist.  I was hoping…” “Oh my goodness!  Mr. Fosse!  You really called! What can I do for you, Sir?” “Well, thank you!  I hear a … Continue reading

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Saffron Sloane, Ms. March

It was approaching the time for the annual office calendar shoot at Neufville and Co. This year, nearly everyone – well nearly all the gentlemen at Neufville and Co. – were looking forward to it, because of the arrival in … Continue reading

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Command Performance

Sometimes, it’s better to receive than to give.  In this story, a young woman receives a lesson in life for Christmas. – GB . Scarcely deigning to glance sideways the two young women strode jauntily between the beds.  Several children glanced listlessly at … Continue reading

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Lessons in Life

This story is not for the faint-hearted.  While it is a work of fiction it is based upon some of the horrifying things that I have heard in the news. – GB The men descended suddenly from the hills near the … Continue reading

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Saving the Swans

It’s another lazy Sunday afternoon.  The sun shines through the canopy of trees and peeps between the bars and walled exhibits.   Several people stroll along the paths, and among the cages.  Occasionally, a child squeals, runs to a cage, points … Continue reading

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Checkmate!

The day was hot, the air heavy.  Tendrils of steam rose lazily from the road, luring the girl into an oblivious snooze.  She would not succumb.  She was watching the young man as he surveyed the empty road.  He stepped … Continue reading

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The Photographer

The Photographer As I sat in my car watching the tall, slim, honey-coloured, raven-haired girl through the open window I wondered at the mysterious ways in which God often moved.  With the disembodied voices of the children in anthemic accompaniment, … Continue reading

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Ms. Jamaica

“You’re asking me a tough question there, Mark.  I don’t know why it was that I chose to call myself “Angelica” on stage, because there is nothing angelic about me. LOL…Honestly, I can be a real bitch, but a nice … Continue reading

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Grandma’s House

1934, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica The howling had begun at around 6:40 that evening, at just about the time when the refracted sun rays blushed amber and changed the warm pallid sky into a beautiful peach-coloured hue in delicate relief to … Continue reading

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