Paying Piper by Ilana Waters
File Size: 174 KB
Print Length: 24 pages
Source: Author for review
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
The people of Hamelin
have a problem with rats. There are rats in their houses, their
stores—even swimming in their stew! The rats don’t think they’re a
problem. They just want to live their lives in peace. With the town’s
approval, the mayor thinks of a clever way to solve the problem. He
offers twenty gold pieces to a piper to rid the town of rats. He
delivers only five.
But he’s cheated the wrong piper, who’ll have
to use both skill and wit to teach this town a lesson. Because there’s
more than money at stake. An evil pattern is emerging in the way Hamelin
treats any creature it considers inferior. And the Piper vows to put an
end to it—once and for all.
Think you know everything about this
classic folktale of greed and cunning? In “Paying Piper,” you’ll learn
what really happened the day a magical musician came to Hamelin—and why.
Fans of fairy tales with a twist will delight in this tricky,
witty middle-grade short story. (And if you’re a parent or teacher, stay
tuned for bonus discussion questions at the end!)
“Paying Piper” is approximately 5,000 words, or about twenty pages.
About the Author:
I’m a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, I work on fiction—as
well as nibble string cheese. I once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoy
walking in circles around the park for no particular reason.
My first book—The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia—is a middle-grade fantasy.
It’s available NOW at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and
Barnesandnoble.com. You can find my short story, “Paying Piper,” at
those sellers as well (it’s FREE on Smashwords and Kobo!). And my novella Castles in the Air is available exclusively at Amazon.
I’m currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.
I was really impressed with this beautiful short story about the Pied
Piper. It had a lot of personality in it and the characters were
surprisingly lovable for being such a short book. There was one thing
that the author didn’t resolve and it left me unsatisfied at the very
end. Other than that, I loved the story!
Paying Piper is FREE through Smashwords