Stories


Where are all the stories? Some of them are currently travelling and they will eventually stop here. Stay tuned to read new ones or catch the bus to find them. And remember that if you want to read a different story all you have to do is change seats! We have beautiful short stories and poetry that you can read in 1 minute written by Year 8 and Year 10 students, or book extracts and short stories written by published and unpublished writers that it will take you around 20 minutes to read. We want to present a very diverse range of pieces because we all have different interests and sometimes a story doesn’t mean much to you but the next one will talk directly to your heart. This is the wonderful world of literature, and The Commuting Book is a very humble attempt by readers to pay homage to centuries of storytelling, the very fabric of being human. Join us and celebrate the world of words! #commutingbook #ReadNZ

Stories on the Go

Will you make a bike fly on a fantastic adventure? Will you solve a mystery surrounding a bicycle on a thrilling story? Or will you make us laugh with ...More

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The Commuting Book | The commuting Book
The Commuting Book

September 26   ●  min read

My Granddad is a strange old man. He is cheeky, but yet, so serious, like a monkey, a very old monkey. A very old monkey who can’t climb, and who likes to wa ...More

Humor & Comedy
Jonty Howard | The commuting Book
Jonty Howard

August 1   ●  2 min read

Find the hidden sequence of words: the first letter of each makes the puzzle answer. e.g. he offers trust = HOT Sometimes fresh air feels like waking up ...More

Humor & Comedy
Raewyn Dawson | The commuting Book
Raewyn Dawson

August 1   ●  1 min read

Upoko Tuatahi Ka takoto a Ari ki tana moenga, ka whakataurite i tōna hū ki te pito o tōna matiwae-nui, me te kaute i te roa o te noho o tōna hū ki ...More

Fiction, Maori & Pasifika
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

August 1   ●  11 min read

Chapter One Ari lay on his bed, balancing his sneaker on the tip of his big toe, counting how many  seconds he could keep it balanced there for. .  Along the ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

August 1   ●  10 min read

Hermione’s pockets may contain Pickled cockroaches, eel brain A collapsible telescope, brand new Flame in a jar, shines bright blue Socks for Dobby, sad ...More

Fiction
Moana Hoogland | The commuting Book
Moana Hoogland

August 1   ●  1 min read

It was spring and the valley would shine if the winds weren’t battering the place. From his armchair in the attic study, Philip Fetch could look ...More

Fiction
Kirsten McDougall | The commuting Book
Kirsten McDougall

August 1   ●  8 min read

When Ronald McGourvey and his family of shape shifters caught the 47 to Scarborough, nobody noticed. Timothy McGourvey had perfected becoming nitroge ...More

Fiction
Nod Ghosh | The commuting Book
Nod Ghosh

August 1   ●  3 min read

A woman and a child in a boat. Her child, and her other child, and her other. Her three children. And one life jacket. She puts it on her youngest but her you ...More

Fiction
Zoë Meager | The commuting Book
Zoë Meager

August 1   ●  2 min read

because of their size they gather crystals and clouds sharp and sparse collections of sun-catchers until that first nasty week in June then they look soft – ...More

Travel & Environment
Amy Paulussen | The commuting Book
Amy Paulussen

August 1   ●  1 min read