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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2015 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


Bad Habits By HelenM, Lexington, KY
Her Christmas Wish By PreranaKumar, Porvorim, ZZ
Monopoly By IBroger, Austin, TX
Published By zoeharris, San Francisco, CA
Salt By Ronz9, Oak Park, IL
To Wink By tinytaytumn, hemet, CA
What Keeps Him Going By Anonymous, North Wales, PA
Coyote Chaser By Lalupu, Springfield, IL

Hot Topics

Community ServiceHelp for Homelessness By the-unrehearsed, Calgary, ZZ
Community ServiceJoy in Darkness By Siani N., Wexford, PA
EnvironmentAnimal Testing Is Unnecessary By Becca D., SAN MARCOS, CA
EnvironmentCostco and Saving the World By elisenicolle, redwood city, CA
HealthUnrelatable By Nikki_G, Manchester Center, VT
Letters to the EditorDo Not Homeschool By Anonymous, Sacramento, CA
Letters to the EditorHyphen By teadragons, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorRunning Out of Time By Sammythebaddie, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorSobering Truths By mreed.2017, Defiance, OH
Letters to the EditorWhat’s Behind Police Brutality? By kaith123, Valley Stream, NY
Letters to the EditorWhy I Hate College Parties By BrunoZero, New York City, NY
Letters to the Editor“But You Don’t Look Sick …” By Bello123, Brooklyn, NY
Pride & PrejudiceBlack Sheep By Milly32, Bend, OR
Pride & PrejudiceShades of Bias By S.K.Writopia, New York,


Educator of the YearSebastian Cimetta: English • Richmond Hill High School By Sareema H., Richmond Hill, Canada
Educator of the YearSpencer Wright: Chorus • Dawson County High School By Candie, Dawsonville, GA
MemoirA Tree of Rights: My Childhood in Syria By Peace77, Damascua, ZZ
MemoirWhere's Austin By AngelaBales, Simi Valley, CA
MemoirYou'll Thank Me Later By Katia, Brooklyn, NY
MemoirYour Little Sister By kimyang, Rochester Hills, MI
Personal ExperienceHow To Be The Oldest Sibling By Brevann N., Ohiowa, NE
Personal ExperienceI Wrote This for Her By sullivano17, Boston, MA
Personal ExperienceI'm Afraid of the Movies By EmMarieF1997, Brooklyn, NY
Personal ExperienceLife Lessons from an Assimilated Youth By rejoyce, Basking Ridge, NJ
Personal ExperienceOnly a Game By allyfrontino, Norton, MA
Personal ExperienceRoyal Purple By Anonymous, Ester, AK
Personal ExperienceThe Invisible Man By Kinzaaa, Waterloo, ZZ
Personal ExperienceThe Sausage Wars By Epwrid, Osceola, IN
Personal ExperienceYes, This Is Friday By Columbus, Columbus, OH
SportsIce Princess By J4141, Clinton, CT
SportsIs Golf a Sport? By annie1214, Camas, WA
SportsThe Summit By 19griffin, Durham, NC
Travel & CultureA Taste of Lebanon By KatieKat417, Roswell, GA
Travel & CultureBelize Navidad By kimdo, San Jose, CA
Travel & CultureChristmas in the Amazon By SIMSEN, Katonah, NY


These Revolutionary Times By camintsx, Dundas,
What Science Is Missing By Lucy-Agnes, Clarksville, OH
Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas By Farha, Chester, NY


Book ReviewsA Child Called It by Dave Pelzer By MLGdOgE, Charleston, WV
Book ReviewsTh1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher By kaylamorcat, Boston, MA
Book ReviewsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins By PenandPencil, Mason, OH
Book ReviewsThe Martian by Andy Weir By Anonymous, Sherwood, OR
Movie ReviewsFantastic Four By MeganAlice, Star City, NY
Movie ReviewsInvisible Sister By MysticMusic, Brantford, ZZ
Movie ReviewsMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials By Cburghokie, Christiansburg, VA
Music Reviews"Communion" by Years & Years By bluebelugawhale, Brooklyn, NY
Music Reviews"Suffer In Peace" by Tyler Farr By LizzK, Sullivan, WI
Music Reviews"Vessel" by Twenty One Pilots By justmyexistentialthoughts, Cumberland, RI
TV show reviewsAttack on Titan By RedHadan, new York, NY
Video game reviewsMad Max By Lean_Cuisine, Bronx, NY
Video game reviewsPokémon Shuffle By danieltc, Chapel Hill, NC
Video game reviewsUntil Dawn By ZashX, Chicago, IL

Art / Photo

A boy By Pandafish, Rockville, MD
Brendon and Alpin By , Winters, CA
Bumblebee III By skiii4, Boulder, CO
Caddyshack By dubld123, Moreland Hills, OH
Cat in Sunset By Arraenae, Cupertino, CA
Cuddle Puddle By dgeileen, Livingston, NJ
Dream Catcher By Anishakt, Allen, TX
Eye of a wolf By Christyx, Lytham, ZZ
Family By Mr.Autumn, Conneaut, OH
Frozen By behind_the_camera, Dix hills, NY
Gazing Monkey By gracebrindle, Westfield, NJ
Hidden Focus By , Chestertown, MD
Holidays Are Over By Ipilato, Bound Brook, NJ
Into The Light By Jessicawalker, Kihei, HI
Let it Out By irena23, oak park, CA
Mirror Image By MalaikaJ, Cloquet, MN
New Year By Qtyler, Rochester, NY
Old Schooling By CallMeKidHood, Lawrenceville, GA
On The Road Again By k.s827, Springfield, NJ
Portrait By avaclaire, Hadley, MA
Red Barn By MicaelaRaviv, New York, NY
Rowing By jennaraad, Orlando, FL
Sax By Ainoyu, Victoria, British Columbia, ZZ
Siblings at Spitting Fountain By liv.photo, West Bend, WI
Sichuan Lady By ForeverLY, Sugar Land, TX
SIlhouette By Lidija, Hoover, AL
Spirit of the Amazon By esthercurly, DPO, ZZ
Starry Night By egavin, Belmont, MA
Still Standing By LianZ, Markham, ZZ
Stranger By , Naperville, IL
Swinging with friends at the old house. By jeanes, Trinity, NC
The Calm Before the Storm By torenfronsdal, Redwood City, CA
The Lonely By Soft_tides, Delta, British Columbia, ZZ
The Smile that Inspires By maceabreu, Sn Juan, Puerto Rico, ZZ
The Two Beccas By , Homewood, IL
There is Always Hope By alexishj_26, Crown City, OH
Trapped By Sampurna, KOLKATA, ZZ
Untitled By James_Owens, Maplewood, MO
untitled By DanielleMariephotography, Myrtle Beach, SC
We are Different but We are One By ashleyts29, Johns Creek, GA
When Boredom Hits By Yabanana, Almirante Tamandare, ZZ
Windows of Wisdom By jessicah7654, Thousand Oaks, CA
Yellow Light By SuperFloree, Solon, OH
Your Majesty By emmalizmort, Granville, OH


Colorado Green By ygh9812, Prairie Village, KS
Disconnected by Connection By Dougie9552, Flushing, MI
Inquiry By Aliee, Royal Oak, MI
A Cosmic Eulogy By JessicaGMCarter, South Riding, VA
A Long Kiss Goodbye By Lalupu, Springfield, IL
A Progression to Epiphany By SpidersAcrossStars, Hayward, CA
Again By MorganW., St. Peters, MO
Alcatraz By athuang, Short Hills, NJ
Anatomy of an Idle Mind By Lauren S., Santa Fe, NM
Ancestor By Sprig, Wellington, ZZ
Before it Falls By Saxifrage, New York, NY
Breath By ManOfManyMiles, Prosser, WA
Do You Think The Ocean Gets Lonely? By GPCee, Cullman, AL
Forgotten By Firegirl03, Burlington, VT
gasoline heart By squibbly, San Francisco, CA
get him out By nepetaleiyawn, Eugene, OR
I Remember By Pyrophoric, Ankeny, IA
I Think You Just Got Tired of Me By LucyK, Greenwich, CT
Ice Skates By JackLi, LA, CA
if i met you for lunch at george's diner By gerardway, Brooklyn, NY
Loss of Wisdom By ZillaZara, FairPlay, SC
Lost & Found Personality By iwritepoetrynottragedies, Wiscasset, ME
Love Decomposed By caliban.bird, Fort Collins, CO
Maps. By oceansofapathy, Milpitas, CA
me, the cat, and moonlight By Alexo, Royal Oak, MI
Memories of my Brother By mereCat, Horsham, ZZ
Misguided By Elena131, Wheeling, WV
Misplaced Belief By Abbey B., Kirkwood, PA
Never Take Me Back By jenb2499, Thousand Oaks, CA
Ode to Pencils By enjxlras, Grand Prairie, TX
Please Disregard By cemeterybats, Parker, CO
Popcorn By ElisaTheDuck, St.Lazare, ZZ
pre-breakfast dialogue By Random100, Iloilo, ZZ
Repelling By jessterginger, Ferndale, MI
Rose's Rosary By Student3, Milford, MI
School By lauren_p, Dubuque, IA
Seismicity By Hellothere1421, Louisville, KY
Simply Amazing... By dmanwithaplan, Freeland, MD
Stormlight By Cidae, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
Tea and Forgetfulness By sometimesithinkimpoetic, New London, CT
The Omega By Shweezy, Huntington Beach, CA
The Orchards Grow No More By TheGuyWithThePen, Selah, WA
the other side By megthepoet, winnipeg, ZZ
the universe's painter By squibbly, San Francisco, CA
To the Cells of My Body By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
Wednesday By TheEnd_, paramount, CA
Where I am From By FFgrysz, sussex, WI
Why She Was A Copper Penny By VandalSpirit, Pleasant Prairie, WI
Winter with the Inmate By lisazou, Chandler, AZ
Your voice gives me gravity By OutOfTheNight, Duxbury, MA
bright red By Anonymous, tumbi umbi, ZZ
Speak By vamika_s, Gaborone, ZZ
The Late Months of The Year By swimmer63, Monroe, IN

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