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Stories From The Middle Of Nowhere
We’d left the doors open all morning to let the breeze flow through the house. That’s how the snake got in. I saw it disappear under the lounger I was lazing on but I never felt the bite. I saw it, though, as soon as I looked down at my bare foot: tw
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Accra Ghana – West Africa
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Stephen. I was born in 2009. I’m in Grade 5. Where do you live? I live in Zenu-New York, a suburb of Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. I live in a three-bedroom house with my parents and two
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The Rain Dance
Hafiz looks out of his window at a blanket of yellowish grey that is enveloping the city. If he stuck his head out, would he be able to see the sports fields down below through this fog? He can’t try as the glass windows need to stay shut. The haze i
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Los Angeles California – America
Tell us a little about yourself – what’s your name and age? My name is Indiana and I am nearly seven years old. Where do you live? I live in Los Angeles in a house on a hill with a garden and both my neighbours have swimming pools. The state that
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Animals Attack!
NAME: Samuel Whiskers SPECIES: Brown rat Found in The Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter This much-reviled rodent will steal and eat practically anything. Thoroughly brazen and possessed of limited culinary skills, the shameless pest is nonet
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Why Monkeys Live In Trees
One day, Leopard was looking at his reflection in a pool of water. Looking at himself was Leopard’s favourite thing in the world to do. Leopard gazed, wanting to be sure that every hair was straight and that every spot was where it was supposed to be
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Jan Borysiak Age Thirteen
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR YOUR COMPETITION POEM? I wrote this poem after a holiday back in Poland. The trip reminded me of who I was and I wanted to write something to get my thoughts out. I have to admit, it was raining outside and I mis
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Under The Cover Of Darkness
Have you ever stepped outside to gaze at the glittering stars before bed? As humans, we don’t spend much time outside after dark – we are diurnal, which means we eat, talk, work and play during the day, and spend most of the night sleeping. But the w
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The Real Tarzan
Back in October 1912, the American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs published a novel called Tarzan of the Apes in the popular adventure magazine Argosy. It was set in 1888 and told how the baby son of England’s Earl and Countess of Greystoke, marooned in
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The Bluefields Bay Fish
Wolde Kristos was born in 1971 in the town of Porus in the central hills of the island of Jamaica. Abandoned to the streets when he was seven years old, he moved around with a series of informal foster families, finding what became his home in Bluefi
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The Harry Potter Dinosaur
Now that spring has finally sprung and the long, cold winter is a thing of the past, it’s time to get outdoors and do some exploring. That’s just what three friends from Iowa, USA, did in 2004. The intrepid but inexperienced palaeontology trio made u
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Mindfulness Eat Like A Caveman
What was the last thing you ate? A pack of crisps, an apple? How did you know it was safe to eat? That it wasn’t rotten and would make you sick? Our super powers of evolution have made the thinking process behind what we eat super lazy. We take how w
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The Crocodile Festival Of Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, in the Pacific Ocean between Indonesia and Australia, is one of the most rural countries in the world. Scientists think that deep in the mountain forests there are as-yet undiscovered plant and animal species. There are very few pav
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Dear Doctor
Sometimes, after school and at the weekend, I go on mini-adventures with my brother and my little sister. When it’s winter, we walk in the woods and look for animal tracks in the snow, and when it’s summer, we take a tent out into our garden and slee
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Sacagawea: A Guide To The Wild
When we think of the Wild West we usually think of cowboys, gunslingers and small, dusty towns. But what about before then? What was the really Wild West like before European Americans? Well, there were Native Americans of course, and lots of wild na
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Reader Reviews
BY SAMUEL J HALPIN Usborne h £6.99 REVIEW by Ossian, age eight This book is about a girl and a boy who decide to go out and face their fears solving a mystery of children going missing and not coming back. Poppy is a girl whose mother has died
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Animals Of Chernobyl
There are many reasons why animals should not do well in Chernobyl. There, in 1986, the world experienced its worst ever nuclear disaster. The reactor at the heart of a Ukrainian power station suddenly and unexpectedly exploded. The effects were leth
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Sea Birds
Because they look like toys – so pretty in their stripy bills and bright orange feet, so serious in the way they prance about their colonies like little gentlemen in tailcoats with faces like clowns – puffins are our favourite seabirds. But there is
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Wild Pets
Tycho Brahe was an astronomer with some very eccentric habits. He was Danish and lived from1546 to 1601. He made some pretty wild discoveries including supernova, the death of certain types of stars. He was also very attached to a particular pet, a m
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Introducing The Supersaurs
These carnivores have short, muscular S-shaped necks to support their massive heads, and powerful jaws able to exert the largest bite-force of any terrestrial animal. They are supported by a wide barrel chest, powerful hind legs with three weight-bea
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Dear Scoopsters
What an honour to guest edit this special ‘Wild’ edition of Scoop. I have spent my life travelling and exploring the wilderness. Crossing oceans, climbing mountains and paddling through rainforests. This issue of Scoop brings a little bit of the wild
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Watchful Wilderness
The beauty, splendour and sheer mystery of our ocean-going friends the whales have always mesmerized human beings. But very recent research reveals the lengths that they are prepared to go to in order to care for one another. Some scientists describe
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Ben Fogle
Where is the wildest place you have been? I suppose it depends on the term ‘wildest’. I have been to Pitcairn Island, described as the remotest inhabited island in the world. It took me weeks to sail there from Tahiti. I have been to Antarctica, whi
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Get The Scoop
World News - Culture - Literature - Entertainment - Interviews SCOOP MAGAZINE HAS FOR THE FIRST TIME INVITED A GUEST AND A JUNIOR EDITOR TO COME ON BOARD. They tell us, ‘We are so excited to announce that Ben Fogle and Matilda will be part of the te
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Junior Editor Matilda Bennett Age Thirteen
AS SCOOP’S FIRST EVER JUNIOR EDITOR WE WOULD LOVE TO LEARN A LITTLE ABOUTYOU. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY? I have one brother, called Matt, and five sisters named Annabelle, Abi , Alice, Lexi and Jemima (oldest to youngest). I am the 7
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That's Magical
Emily stared, pencil in hand, at the blank sheet of paper in front of her. It stared back at her accusingly, she felt – even defiantly, as if daring her to spoil its whiteness. ‘I can take your smug look away just like that,’ she muttered, making as
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Dear Doctor
I like to write stories and draw pictures to go with them, and then give them to people for birthday presents. Sometimes I have loads of ideas for stories, and sometimes I don’t. I asked my teacher about it and she said that imagination is like a mus
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