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read in 1 minute written by Year 8 and Year 10 students, or book extracts and short stories written by published and unpublished writers that it will take you around 20 minutes to read.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 for Young Children

Upoko Tuatoru Ka māma te wairua a Ari i tana kitenga atu i a Māmā e whanga ana ki a Koro i te hōhipera. I hoatutia ki a Koro he rongoā hei kaup ...More

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

November 17   ●  18 min read

Chapter Two Emmy flew through the school gate ahead of Ari, disappearing in the direction of her classroom. She’d turned five during the holidays, and s ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

September 12   ●  13 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, sadly not ...More

Fiction
Moana Hoogland | The commuting Book
Moana Hoogland

August 1   ●  1 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

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 l ...More

Humor & Comedy
Jonty Howard | The commuting Book
Jonty Howard

August 1   ●  2 min read

The time had come. In the warm darkness of his egg, the flamingo chick moved. Crack! His mother stood up. She fussed about, touching the egg gently with he ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

September 21   ●  14 min read

Pull-my-Finger the Giant only had one joke, probably like your dad or grandad. But he was very fond of it and he told it as often as he could. This ...More

Humor & Comedy
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 20   ●  6 min read

Upoko Tuarua Parahutihuti ana tā Emmy oma ki te waha o te kura, ka waiho mai a Ari ki tana puehu, ā, ka hemo ki tua o ngā akomanga. Kātahi anō ia k ...More

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

September 12   ●  15 min read

Jerry and his friend, Ross, were playing in Jerry’s sandpit. Charlie appeared. “What are you playing?” Charlie asked Jerry. “Planes.” Jerry held up ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

September 21   ●  5 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 reira. ...More

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

August 1   ●  11 min read

The car drove up the highway, the inside temperature was like 1000 degrees. .             “Mum ….” came the nagging voice of my b ...More

Fiction
Roman Holland | The commuting Book
Roman Holland

August 1   ●  1 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 ...More

Travel & Environment
Amy Paulussen | The commuting Book
Amy Paulussen

August 1   ●  1 min read

Chapter Three Ari was really relieved to see his mum waiting in the emergency room when they got there. Koro had been given some medicine for the pain and ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

November 17   ●  13 min read