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Honourable mention: 9-12 year olds

Christina Zhao Johnny, my space hero

Age 9

9-12 year olds

This is my brother Johnny. He is six years old. He is cute, intelligent and creative. Johnny has a lot of interesting characteristics. He likes eating dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets and collecting rocks, and he often talks in his sleep. He always dreams about exploring space, and he loves drawing. One day, he brought home his artwork, The rocket, and said to me that when we grow up, he would take me to space. I think he is very kind, and we both love each other.