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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2009 Edition

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Articles from this Issue

College Guide

College EssaysFluent Hands
College EssaysTrue Magic


Drusilla's Retreat
A Song in the Night
Pulling Teeth By Emily B., Mt. Prospect, IL
Run Away Forever By Amanda C., Seattle, WA
The Perfect Gift
The Solution By Marc S., Springfield, MO

Hot Topics

BullyingThe Dreaded Bus
Community ServiceA Garage 8,000 Miles from Home By Eliza E., New York, NY
Community ServiceBooks by the Ton By Ashley M., Wilmington, DE
Community ServiceFallen Birds
Community ServiceI Am a Mosquito
Community ServiceMy Friend Victoria By Libby S., Evanston, IL
Community ServiceTo Become a Garbage Collector
Community ServiceVisiting Mr. Sgroi By Riley Y., Acton, MA
HealthI Got the Swine Flu By Melissa D., Atlanta, GA
HealthOne More
HealthRelease Me
HealthUncle Leo's Legacy By NoraAnn W., Abington, MA
Letters to the EditorAm I Cain? By Erin A., Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorDrew Barrymore By Kaleigh Jivens J., Boise, ID
Letters to the EditorFootball at Its Best By Aaron W., Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, MA
Letters to the EditorLighten Up By Peter C., Monticello, IN
Letters to the EditorNot in My Space By Chelsea J., Canutillo, TX
Letters to the EditorRebuilding Hope By Matthew B., Monticello, IN
Letters to the EditorStains By Emma S., Canfield, OH
Letters to the EditorTall, Dark, and Nappy
Letters to the EditorThe Domino Effect By Kendal M., Canfield, OH
Letters to the EditorThe Other Side By Jeffery C., Hemet, CA
Letters to the EditorTimes Squared By Emily H., Oak Bluffs, MA
Pride & PrejudiceThe Different One


Illuminate By Monique S., Wayland, MA
Mi Perla Bonita By Meg C., Oak Ridge, TN
The Bottom of Bethel Pit
Wish List By Cori Z., Sun City, AZ
MemoirThe Swan By Emma B., Moorestown, NJ
Personal ExperienceA Bulky Burden
Personal ExperienceBe Good and Good Bye By Mariah X., Bridgewater, NJ
Personal ExperienceLoss of a Limb By Katherine G., Clarence, NY
Personal ExperienceScrubbing In
SportsBalance Through Baseball By Will R., Rolling Meadows, IL
SportsMatch Point By Mel M., Andover
SportsThe Mile By Brian E., South Plainfield, NJ
Travel & CultureChinatown Villanelle By Nicole S., Chino Hills, CA
Travel & CultureI Won't Be Home for Christmas By Paige B., 8477810, MI
Travel & CultureMy First Winter By Cheng Yen N., SLC, UT
Travel & CultureSights from Another World By Hatty L., Bellevue, WA


Why We Write By Frankie M., San Diego, CA
My Ex-Teen Icon
LOL=D By Lauren B., Rockwall, TX
The Evolution of Evolution


Book ReviewsBuy Jupiter and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov By Benjamin S., Cambridge, MA
Book ReviewsConfessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Book ReviewsNative Son by Richard Wright By Sara B., Coon Rapids, NM
Book ReviewsPride and ­Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Book ReviewsWild Swans by Jung Chang By Nina Y., Warwick, RI
Movie ReviewsFargo By Dylan L., Brooklyn, NY
Movie ReviewsHalloween II
Movie ReviewsHoward's End
Music ReviewsJay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Music ReviewsLaura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim By Megan D., Green Bay, WI
Music ReviewsModest Mouse – No One's First and You're Next
Music ReviewsOpeth – Watershed By Jackson G., Wyckoff, NJ
Music ReviewsTwisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas By Nicholas F., Wilmington, DE
TV show reviewsM*A*S*H By Eric B., Wilmore, KY
TV show reviewsPlanet Earth By Lawrence M., Wilmington, DE
Video game reviewsInfamous
Video game reviewsKingdom Hearts 2 By Robert M., Phoenix, AZ
Video game reviewsNHL 07 By Michael W., Brooklyn, NY
Video game reviewsPatapon By Duk P., Wilmington, DE
Video game reviewsResident Evil 5 By Jordan H., Hatboro, PA
Video game reviewsSpore: Galactic Adventures
Video game reviewsThe Beatles: Rock Band By Fernando R., Miami Beach, FL
Video game reviewsThe Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon By Kurt B., Defiance, OH

Art / Photo

After Braces - Smile!
Best Friends
Blow it Away!
Clash By Zoelle M., Boston, MA
Economic Side Effects
Filming For Youtube By Hanna U., staten island, NY
Gift By Garrett P., Reno, NV
Her Hands By Justin P., St. Charles, IL
I Rock By Kristen S., Northville, MI
Juxtapose Landscape
La Rosa Salvaje
Lost in my mind
ocean music
Owl City Concert By Chyi-Dean S., North Tustin, CA
Picture Perfect
porch sitting
Pride Of The Old West By Jeremy T., Lubbock, TX
Red Ants By Jesse G., San Francisco, CA
Reflective City


All Gone
Blank Pages
Cell Division By Helen Z., Audubon, PA
Come Back
Don’t Get Caught (TXT Message)
Dreams are Smashed
Empty Halls
Finding the Words
First Catch By Kelly P., Clarkston, MI
God on the Street By Julika K., Copper Canyon, TX
I want this
Kentucky By Audrey H., waterford, MI
leaving By Sarah W., North Bend, OH
Mama Said,
me and the seagull By Maggie W., Akron, OH
Mississippi Summer
Mother Earth
My Hands
Old By Sarah A., Northridge, CA
Personification be dead
Pretty, With a Difference
Pulling Weeds from Rocks By Alicia S., Galesburg, MI
Reflect Me
Seven Ways of Looking at Snow By Kyle C., Mount Horeb, WI
She Fell Asleep Weeping
Shoelaces By Hannah R., San Francisco, CA
Small Writers Wielding Big Dreams By Samantha M., Benson, AZ
Something We Must Know
Storming Heart
The Ledge
The Longest August
The Mud
Until We Learn to Swim
Waco By Katie T., Mount Prospect, IL
We Are
Where I’m From By Jamie F., Pewaukee, WI
White Lies
Why I Write
Writing is the car radio
you are a tale in fragments
You Don’t Know
Fright in France
A Dare By Lia N., Lake Oswego, OR
A Family Poem
A Poem's Plea
And I Still Remember By Amanda B., Jericho, VT
Aurora Borealis Of Ashes
Backward Love
Black Night
Couch Potato
Dried Blood & Holiday Spirit
Floccinaucinihilipilification (Look it up)
Forgotten Place
From The Passenger Seat
Halcyon Day By Amy W., Toronto, Canada
Hot Tea
I Remembered What You Said
Labyrinthine Love
Like the mushrooms By Daniel D., Boiling Springs, SC
Lonely for No One By Alaina H., rochester, NY
My hallucination looks great naked
Not My Name
Oak Sapling By Andrew D., Long Grove, IL
One Year By Clare H., Mason, OH
Porch Step Flashback
Power Rangers By Raven D., Bloomsburg, PA
pull that wire
Souvenirs Forgotten
splotches: an analysis
Terrorvision By Katherine M., Pawcatuck, CT
the intersection of two lines
Thoughts from a Girl
Tuesday Morning By Kayte K., Homer, AK
Vulnerable on Facebook
Where I'm From By Taylor M., Cave Creek, AZ
Awkward Love In Haiku
He Was Only Three By Xindi X., Gilbert, AZ

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