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Teen Ink Magazine, June 2012 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


Liberation By LostOneLawliet, Prince George, VA
Bus Journey By aliceoseman, Rochester, ZZ
Disgust By CoreyVernot, Hamilton, OH
Fair-Weather Friends By sparklylittlereddevil, Jyoyo, ZZ
Inside the Pink Room By Anonymous, Stockbridge, MA
Loneliness By Mandiella, Plaistow, NH
Look Up For Me By JulieKate, Niceville, FL
My Hero By Harebelle, Vancouver, ZZ
Not Applicable By clairexaudrey, Bethel, CT
Sky Tears By meamsusan, Walnut, CA
Symbiosis By flyingpasta1001, Pound Ridge, NY
The Escape Artist By InMediasRes, Scarborough, ZZ
The Forum By Kvothe28, Temecula, CA
The Success of the Dying By cw2010, Sugarland, TX
Three Twenty Seven By Hannayye, Trophy Club, TX
Alphabet Soup By SemicolonSeas, Los Angeles, CA
Presumed By LadyJaneGrey, Louisville, KY
The Strange Misadventures of Octavius Jones By AliceOphelia, Brooklyn, NY

Hot Topics

Community ServiceHorseback Therapy By kandee0601, Wetbury, NY
Community ServiceTo India and Back Again By KlingelhoferJohn, Rockport, ME
HealthA Little Flower By Lizzytizzy, Round Lake Beach, IL
HealthTaking Back Control By Anonymous, Boston, MA
Letters to the EditorA Simple Gesture By WordsRUs, Jefferson City, MO
Letters to the EditorAcrylic Bruises By Anonymous, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorDear Sexist Pigs By writereadlove, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorDear Teen Ink, By TaurusGal, Hong Kong, ZZ
Letters to the EditorThe Wonderful World of Facebook By winton, Brooklyn, NY


Here Comes the Bride By Shea S., Mesa, AZ
Educator of the YearAndrew Zuercher • Physics • Arrowhead High By Justin F., Hartland, WI
Educator of the YearJoseph Percefull • Math • Oldham County Middle School By zgvariant, Lagrange, KY
Educator of the YearMairi Wohlgemuth • History • Amador Valley High School By Ke_Zhao, Pleasanton, CA
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Educator of the YearNoel Breger • Coach • Delaware Military Academy By laniiecap, Wilmington, DE
Personal ExperienceBeing My Own Boss By cheerychan, Henderson, KY
Personal ExperienceConfessions of a Cult Member By Anonymous, Metairie, LA
Personal ExperienceCottage People By Maryanne G., Forest Hill, MD
Personal ExperienceExtra Ranch By Ender2, Hemet, CA
Personal ExperienceMy First Supper By Brandon H., Wilmington, DE
Personal ExperienceSpring Break with Grandma By Shira, raleigh, NC
Personal ExperienceSummer Bummer By greeny7, Chatham, ZZ
Personal ExperienceThe Barbecue Stand By Emily S., Mason, OH
Personal ExperienceThe View from the Front Desk By sarah.s, Attleboro, MA
Personal ExperienceTriumph By blackswan42, Cortlandt Manor, NY


Suspending Suspension By Kellen G., Oak Creek, CO
Step Out of Your Isolation Zone By WhittyKitty, Orondo, WA


Book ReviewsA Separate Peace by John Knowles By Breece6, Summerville, SC
Book ReviewsA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith By snowybutterfly, Fremont, CA
Book ReviewsDivergent by Veronica Roth By MiuBlaze, Upper Darby, PA
Book ReviewsFirst Person Plural by Dr. Cameron West By Meg2014, Hayward, CA
Book ReviewsOn Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King By paige14, Portsmouth, OH
Book ReviewsShiver by Maggie Stiefvater By Trilobite, Lower Burrell, PA
Book ReviewsThe Future of Us by Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher By Ashly15, Cannon Falls, MN
Book ReviewsThe Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls By Anonymous, Nooksack, WA
Book ReviewsWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen By caroline2015, Cannon Falls, MN

Art / Photo

A journey of a hundred miles begins with a single step... By ArtemisVale, Paris, ZZ
A Ship among Gondola's By SabrinaS, New Canaan, CT
A Warrior's Fruit By Moldova, Whiting, NJ
a wish to the old days to come By zolie, mostaganem, CA
Beauty in Innocence By Emlamontagne, Springfield, VA
Book Worm By , Belle, MO
Calculations By Ellen_Kim, Ridgefield Park, NJ
Changes By _toni4asec_, london, ZZ
Charles Chickens By MaryAQuiteContrary, Allen, TX
Child Solider By Livyfh, Santa Monica, CA
Coffee By katiecloninger, Rock Island, IL
Deep Corner By VolleyballPlaya, Cross Plains, WI
Diva of the Day By KayleeRae, Arvada, CO
Fall In the Woods By CapturedByCiara, Ferrum, VA
Fallen Sky By Fleana, Westland, MI
For Whatever We Lose.. By flywithyourownwings, Downingtown, PA
funny frogling By Darinochka, Donetsk, ZZ
Good Acoustics By Malletmushroom, Simpsonville, SC
He lives a rock n' roll lifestyle. By Inktea, Almonte, ZZ
I Refuse To Sink By Karly.Wooten, norwalk, CT
In the Sun By Gildedlily123, Vestavia Hills, AL
Letters to Will By , Westfield, IN
Look Up By kmcemo, Mission Viejo, CA
Mana - Dixanadu By En_Tze, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, ZZ
Midnight Spell By Poison-ivy, Park City, UT
My Guilty Obsession By katherinef, Holland, MI
My own breed of Lizard By Awollins37, Denver, CO
Out cast By , Woodinville, WA
Primary By Chrislw92, Cave Junction, OR
Rainbow Fantasy By Tarni, virginia beach, VA
reflections By samstreitman, new city, NY
Run this town By EllenaPfeffer, North Oaks, MN
Rusty the Rooster By ZoeBrooke, E. Wenatchee, WA
Saher Art By saher, east windsor, CT
School trio By Zeewee, Dearborn Heights, MI
Scream By RachelAnn624, Mobile, AL
Snake Girl By Tsgyoon, TORRANCE, CA
Sophia By artist22, Cranford, NJ
Summertime Soldier By stargirl1331, Dexter, MI
Sunday Stroll By ElJayZee, Houston, TX
Sweetness of Sisters By Elyssa929, Linwood, NJ
The Buses Of London By nARTasha, Southampton, ZZ
The Old Farm By Snazypants, North Branch, MN
The Reality of Death By qtepa2ti, Broomfield, CO
The Talk By JoeyGonnella, Boston, MA
The Wilderness Library By JessDeibert, Klingerstown, PA
Thunder By KMPhotography, Shepherdsville, KY
Time Travel By ThatOneArtsyGirl, oldsmar, FL
Ultamate Dragon By lilprince, Williamstown, NJ
Up from the sky... By Crogirl, Brezovica, ZZ
Vlad the Russian By Calasaurus_Rex, Tustin, CA
Walking Down By lamelola, wichita, KS
when the sun shines By SkylerMorningstar, barrie, ZZ
Wind in the East By EllenaPfeffer, North Oaks, MN
Winded By IgniteTheAirwaves, New City, NY
Words in the Wind By sierramonroe, Ashburn, VA
you can dance anywhere, if only in your heart. By manatee, Venetia, PA


Rocks, Colors Smeared on By thebigjoke, Harmony, FL
Take Me With You By Mikey5, bridgewater, NJ
The Murmur By sofi_DDD13, Niwot, CO
The Social Network (The Modern Monster) By AngRodrig, Davie, FL
To Ignore By abigailaaden, Topsfield, MA
I Want to Kill Myself By SamanthaFaulkner, Romulus, MI
In the Place That Kept Me By Felix H., Arcata, CA
My Grandpa By Zac K., Madison, WI
The Master By Stormy9890, Knoxville, TN
Untitled Soul By Atychiphobia, Tehachapi, CA
2:45 on the Train By AudreyM, Delaware, OH
A Moment with a Yearbook By glindawitchofthenorth, Bloomville, OH
A Poet's Weakness By shunflower, Shamong, NJ
A Rose by Any Other Name By Anonymous, Moraga, CA
amber By Elena M., New York, NY
An Invitation to Silence By AngelsKiss, Paris, TN
an old woman thinks with rain falling outside By lennyathena, Bellevue, WA
Ars Poetica By ksangani, Fayetteville, NY
Backyard Chickens By clairecollison, Conestoga, PA
Bedtime Stories By Olivia15, Lake Forest, IL
Behind Closed Doors By Julia F., Fayetteville, AR
Captured By xallie27xox, Gilford, NH
Catch By Old-World-Blues, New Freedom, PA
Chess By Dweathermankort, Encino, CA
Corruption in the Powerful By RaD1oAct1v3PaNda, Sugar Land, TX
Counting Streaks By Gracieface3012, Clarkston, MI
Curiosity By nmahdere, Calgary, ZZ
Dance of Myself By Anonymous, Santa Fe, NM
Dead Heart By thegreatinquiry, Knoxville, TN
Dog-Eared By ubiety, Byron Center, MI
Dress By Joce9, Murray Hill, NJ
English Teacher's Daughter By theintrovertmonologues, Pittsford, NY
Fireflies By Anonymous, Bloomington, IN
Floor Plan By TheArchitect, Madison, WI
Fortune Cookie Dreams By dontcallmeprincess, Plainview, NY
Fractions By swoopingpigeons, orangeburg, NY
Funerals By NineMuses, Pelham, NY
How to Fix The World By dreamsandthings, San Diego, CA
Humble By PaulMental, Oshkosh, WI
it's hard to remember pet names at four in the morning By Anonymous, Richmond, VA
Just Some Lines By ThreeLittleBirds, Oak Park, CA
La Noche Que Nos Rodea By snaomi, Cheshire, CT
Lady Day By ash3156, Frankford, DE
Last Day of the Year By sundaysmile, Jackson, MS
Lavish to lavish By dherta11, Ortonville, MI
Loneliness By HoldingFast, plano, TX
Lunch By ericschultz94, Clarkston, MI
Metronome By salmos, Palm Springs, FL
Mourning By eliana924, New York, NY
My World By Anita, Santa Cruz, CA
Paper People By sarah.mart15, Palatine, IL
Reflections By Claydub, Fredericksburg, VA
Religious Atheist By Anonymous, Litchfield, IL
REM Sleep By LilyG, Carlsbad, CA
Smoothie Girl By increaseyourpace, Bel Air, MD
Step Whatever By Afanen, Santa Rosa, CA
Summer nights By EleazarA, Queens, NY
Sun-Kissed By princess_swagger, St. Peters, MO
Tarts By paigeturner9, Palo Alto, CA
The Flower Carrier By plusjoliequetoi, Mountain View, CA
The Fourth By Carlie F., Princeton, NJ
Through the Marsh By Caroline V., Rolla, MO
To a friend, in answer to his existential crises By pen2papr, Deerfield, IL
To: From: By Anonymous, Chicago, IL
Top of the World By custosimago, Kensington, MD
varicella blues By Dakota D., Westwood, KS
when they turn their heads By spagooter, Indianapolis, IN
Who Needs a Bed? I've Got a Buick. By MiscellanyCrop, Middlefield, OH
Writing By Jalulu_star, Lisbon, IA
You, Undefined By bookthief, Concord, MA
Don’t Forget to Breathe By mega_oid, Chicago, IL
It's Me By Birdsong, Vancouver, ZZ
Polychrome Moan By queer_fish, San Antonio, TX
Sailing By Anna141, Yamouth, ME
Sisters By Alexis D., McDonough, GA
Sweet Sleep By TubaLady, Athens, MI
Nice: A Definition By Cameandgonesmarty, North Vancouver, ZZ
Antithesis By SonOfTheReaper, New London, CT
Rise Over Run By BreeTayler, carlisle, AR
Aging Dancers By K.Spirit, Nashville, TN

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