Paying Piper (or “What Happened in Hamelin Town”)
by Ilana Waters
The people of Hamelin have a rat problem, so the mayor thinks of a way to solve it. He offers twenty golds to a piper to rid the town of rodents. He delivers only five. Think you know everything about this folktale? Here, you’ll learn what really happened when a magical musician came to Hamelin. Fans of witty fairy tales will love this middle-grade short story (about 5,000 words, or twenty pages).