“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 […]

New Books — May 2019 edition

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New YA Books The Unbroken Hearts Club Brooke Carter · Orca Book Publishers Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Ever since her mom died of Huntington’s disease, Logan has been in a permanent state of neutral. Her dad has been depressed and lonely, but Logan is . . . something else. So […]

New Books – April 2019 edition

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New YA Books Descendant of the Crane Joan He · Albert Whitman & Company Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover “Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.” Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust […]

New Books – February 2019 edition

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The Brilliant Death AMY ROSE CAPETTA · Viking Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Format: Hardcover For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After […]

“A New Beginning” by Isaac Rishwain

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Isaac Rishwain Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “A New Beginning”   Gabriel reminiscences about his hometown as he leaves for a new life in the U.S. In a land, promised to bring something magnificent, beyond […]

“Syria to Europe” by Anni Guo

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Anni Guo Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Syria to Europe”   Two young refugees seek a safe haven.   “I’m scared. Where’s Mommy?” Nasir asked. “Shh! She’ll be right back.” Fatima, an eleven year old […]

“No Looking Back” by Olivia Barrios

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Olivia Barrios Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “No Looking Back”   The narrator and her Mami escape to California. I take one last look inside the house, take a deep breath, then close the door […]

“Trapped” by Amber Elias

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Amber Elias Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Trapped”   I had always thought that there was no other way. That I would stay in this dull, repetitive loop until I died. But something happened that […]

“Who Reads the Waterfall on the Other Side” by Hannah Cahalan

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Young Readers League 2018 Writing Contest Honorable Mention Category 2 (ages 12-14)   Hannah Cahalan Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School “Who Reads The Waterfall On The Other Side”   The mage stared at the waterfall as it glinted in the sun The water rushing down as it filled […]