The judging criteria for the contest is as follows:ROXY SAVES CHRISTMAS
by Lynne Marie
Word Count 249
“Look! This year, there are more children on my list than ever.” Santa’s brow furrowed.
“Pass me another piece of cranberry walnut pie, please.”
“Are you sure?” asked Mrs. Claus.
“Why not?” replied Santa. “I’ll need energy.”
Pitter patter. Santa landed on the rooftop of his first stop.
He’d brought a perfect present for little Roxy--the best bouncer in the neighborhood. He popped it into his sack and dropped it down the chimney. He tried to follow.
“Ho, no!” said Santa. “I’m stuck.”
Roxy slipped out of bed.
Wiggle. Wrestle. Wiggle.
She peeked up the chimney. “Oh, no! Santa’s stuck.”
“Too much pie,” Santa admitted. “And I need to visit all the other children on my list.”
Roxy thought and thought and thought. “I can help. Santa, did you bring the trampoline I placed on my Christmas list?”
“I sure did,” Santa admitted.
“I know it’s not Christmas morning yet,” said Roxy, “but I need to open it now.” She sifted through the sack. “Just a few minutes while I set this up under you.”
Finally she sprang up high enough to grab Santa’s boots. She pulled with all her might.
Santa wedged free.
They tumbled onto to the trampoline and out of the chimney.
“You saved Christmas,” said Santa. “But your trampoline is ruined.”
“That’s OK,” said Roxy. “I got to meet Santa! No one will believe this story. Can we take a selfie?”
“Ho Ho Ho,” laughed Santa. “Smile!”
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Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019) and more, forthcoming. She is an established Children's Writing Mentor, Critiquer and Editor (www.thepicturebookmechanic.com coming soon). Please feel free to e-mail her for current rates at LiterallyLynneMarie@Gmail.com.