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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2013 Edition

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Junk Drawer By EllisLynn, Waconia, MN
Like Me By Theresa P., Barnegat, NJ
The Wind in the Mountains By poetninoit, Silver Spring, MD
Be There By StephanieRoro, Buhl, ID
Bernie and Circe By RedBird, Keaau, HI
Fake Snow and Fast Skiers By TheWordShaker, San Jose, CA
Hush By Sketched97, Silver Spring, MD
Wade Patrick Henry By Why_Do_We_Fall, Fort Wayne, IN

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Music ReviewsContent With Dying by Chokehold By Jayfatha, Romeoville, IL
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