“What Do You Fight For?” by Madison Comick

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1st Place “What do you Fight For?” by  Madison Comick, age 15   Alina clutched the paper between her hands. It had the typed question from her supervisor, Iris, but no answer. She’d been staring at the question for a week now- “What do you fight for? What are we […]

Better Than the Best Plan — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 By Lauren Morrill Maritza Reed always has a plan for everything. Then again, when your life is about jumping from house to house and living under an enlightenment-obsessed mom, you always need a back-up plan. That is, until Ritzy’s mom bails on her to find […]

Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival — Teen Review

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Review by Nina Dinan, 16 Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival By Polo Tate Polo Tate arrived at the U.S. Air Force Academy with a mentality that fed off challenges. She was a highly successful student-athlete who quickly rose to the physical and mental demands of the academy. She was […]

Again, but Better — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Again, but Better By Christine Riccio Christine Riccio’s delightful debut, Again, but Better, introduces readers to the wonderful world of college– a world where Shane Primaveri has been totally killing it with her amazing grades, pre-med track, and happy parents. Right? Wrong. In fact, what […]

“Hermione’s Hogwarts Letter” by Samantha Savage

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Fractured Films Writing Contest 1st place “Hermione’s Hogwarts Letter” by Samantha Savage Age 14 Film inspiration: Harry Potter Around midnight on the night of the ninth of September 1990, Hermione Granger awoke to a crash and the hooting of an owl just outside her front door. She sat up startled as […]

“Ursula’s Backstory” by Siluni Abeywickrama

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Fractured Films Writing Contest 2nd place “Ursula’s Backstory” by Siluni Abeywickrama Age 14 Film inspiration: The Little Mermaid Ursula was beautiful. Her tail sparkling white, and her long wavy hair the deepest black. She was known not only for her beauty, but for her kindness. Every merman in Atlantica wanted to […]

The Voice in My Head — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 The Voice in My Head By Dana L. Davis Dana L. Davis’s The Voice in My Head tells the story of Indigo Phillips, a girl who’s always been known as “Violet’s twin sister”. Violet is everything she’s not: popular, pretty, and sweet-tempered. But when Violet suddenly becomes […]

Brightly Burning — Teen Review

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Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Brightly Burning Edited by Alexa Donne Alexa Donne’s reimagined future space version of the popular classic Jane Eyre, Brightly Burning, follows the story of Stella Ainsley, a teenage orphan living in poverty and working an engineering job aboard the Stalwart. But when she relocates to the […]

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America — Teen Review

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Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi This collection of short stories examines the many dimensions of African American experiences through the eyes of multiple young protagonists. Different writers give voice to each story, and their plot lines are […]

Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living — Teen Review

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Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living by Alice Kuipers In early 2013, Carley Allison, a Canadian figure skater and singer-songwriter, was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer in her trachea. Instead of being dismayed by the diagnosis, she chose to use her experience […]