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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2016 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


Echoes of Home By SophieFloph, Seattle, WA
"Find Peace" By Smudges, Concord, MA
Discarded By Jessica K., lafayette, IN
Rosa's Garden By AleahEstevez, Newark, DE
The Kite Flyer By Palindrome, Reedley, CA
Miracles By jarofsouls, Montpelier, IN
The Keeper By SJMatt, St. Louis, MO

Hot Topics

Community ServiceBeyond the Requirements By Anonymous, Northbridge, MA
Community ServiceThe Price of Giving By raelynkaplan, Walnut Creek, CA
HealthAbuse Victims: They're Not Crying Wolf By mikhayladunaj29, St Joseph, MI
HealthCountless: Living With Dyscalculia (and Not Knowing It) By BriJacobs, Demarest, NJ
Letters to the EditorFifty Days with Alice By MaceyBright, Ayersville, OH
Letters to the EditorKick Like a Girl By ImogenGF, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Letters to the EditorKick Like a Girl By BrittonW, Alvord, TX
Letters to the EditorMy Fugitive Childhood By Owen_Atkins1, Oak Bluffs, MA
Letters to the EditorNoah By jaslin.jun, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorOcean Trash By lew883lfjw, Valley Stream, NY
Pride & PrejudiceHere’s to Acceptance, Our Culture, to Our Culture Accepting Us All By Moonbow, Irving, TX
Pride & PrejudiceMy Black Is Beautiful By JadaK, East Hartford, CT


MemoirChristmas Cards By Christine1913, Bloomfield Hills, MI
MemoirCrushedPills By emmmaa, Arlington Heights, IL
MemoirDreaming of Electric Sheep By Judgeb16143, morrisville, NC
MemoirIn Defense of My Ornament By Maggie L., Clinton, CT
MemoirOne Hundred Years of Sass By Genevieve L., Pittsburg, PA
MemoirOut of the Darkness By MichaelMcP, Park Ridge, IL
MemoirSisters By tslakey, Santa Cruz, CA
MemoirSpaghetti Doctrine By Kato_, Ann Arbor, MI
MemoirThe Life That Changed Mine By LovelyMother2, New Salem, PA
MemoirWhy I Am Who I Am By JuliaLumbert, Midland, MI
Personal ExperienceBlack Santa Claus By Katelynn_M, Freeport, IL
Personal ExperienceCare. By Anonymous, barrington , RI
Personal ExperienceEating Disorders By XOXO_Jess, Puyallup, WA
Personal ExperienceFour-Eyed Family By erikakathryn_, Hartland, WI
Personal ExperienceGood-Bye, Bus By AishaDae, Lead, SD
Personal ExperienceShoes By MitchL, HARTLAND, WI
Personal ExperienceThe Best Revenge I Ever Got By IAceEnglish, Altamonte Springs, FL
Personal ExperienceThe Conservatives By genbryant, Brightwaters, NY
Personal ExperienceThe Hound of Farragut Street By mydearwatson, Chesapeake, VA
Personal ExperienceThe No Lunch Club By cerissadivalentino, New Paltz, NY
Personal ExperienceUgly Sweater By aligar, Brighton, CO
SportsA Love Song to Running By FreeSpirit26, Princeton Junction, NJ
SportsSkiing Across the Country By VictoriaT7777777, Cross Plains, WI
Travel & CultureGood for Good By basbelle, Kapaau, HI
Travel & CultureMy Mother’s Village By mjlin12, San Jose, CA
Travel & CultureTheir Homeland By em_kova, Sag Harbor, NY
Travel & CultureWhere I'm From By Ayonna17, Newark, NJ


A Trump America By Anonymous, Ojai, CA
President Trump By clairebecca, Baltimore, MD
The Electoral College, Explained By Tigerlily876, Oak Creek, WI
What It Means to Be American By AnnaKarenina, West Windsor, NJ


Book ReviewsDelirium by Lauren Oliver By megf17, Washington, WV
Book ReviewsI Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak By cityofowls, San Antonio, TX
Book ReviewsStill Alice by Lisa Genova By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Movie ReviewsBlair Witch By OutrageousTomb1, Florissant, MO
Movie ReviewsSuicide Squad By kniefelg, Anchorage, AK
Music ReviewsBadlands • Halsey By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Music ReviewsChristmas • Michael Bublé By mhealy18, River Forest, IL
Music ReviewsThat’s the Spirit • Bring Me the Horizon By Katritridragon, Brooklyn, NY
TV show reviewsSteven Universe By Sardonyx, Palo Alto, CA
Video game reviewsLife Is Strange By HafsaAhmed, Karachi, ZZ
Video game reviewsStreet Fighter V By Team_Underoos2k16, Owings Mills, MD
Video game reviewsThe Wolf Among Us By BaiSaff, Knob Noster, MO

Art / Photo

"Say Cheese" By SamuelHoskins, Salem, OR
#15 In Black By amlbasketball1214, bethel park, PA
Africa By a_eastman, Hawley, MN
all in my mind By geetakesphotos, Beckenham, ZZ
As long we got each other By , Diamond Bar, CA
Be free By Llarosaa_, Nakusp, ZZ
Boston By jessiiimallley, East Longmeadow, MA
Captured by the Rain By benjiwashere, Yukon, OK
Caterpillar By woodland, Los Osos, CA
Chasing The Sun By , Providence, RI
Circling Koi By LittlePolska, Winter Garden, FL
Cluedo: Celebrating Normalcy By artparisone, Noida, ZZ
Condem By AnnaN, Atlanta, GA
Darkness By MikaylaVen, Orlando, FL
Desperate Times By Sydghor, Valparaiso, IN
dunno By , Greenlawn, NY
Eye See The Future By MaxPhotography, Madison, WI
Forsaken By hannah_ray99, Monterey, CA
Framed Chills By carolinereinhart, Richmond, VA
Get Lost In My Eyes By clarkelewis, Arlington, MA
Gondola Dock By staceylyn, Fountain Valley, CA
Historical Conversation By SamuelHoskins, Salem, OR
Holi Festival With Friends By BrandonT., West Newton, PA
Holiday Series III By elliphantla, Merritt Island, FL
howl baby By elisenicolle, redwood city, CA
Laundry Day By CelenaDong, Gainesville, FL
Looking On By Nadsisley, New York City, NY
lord krishna and raddha By akshay.chauhan, mumbai, NY
Music Maker By reach4mars, State College, PA
New Year's Decoration By Ozge13, Ankara, ZZ
ode to skiing sticks By allangelman, Aventura, FL
Poster Girl By fajralam, Gujranwala, ZZ
Red Dirt and Barn Wood By LeslieBear, Cheyenne, WY
Run With Your Heart By LemonRiver, Corvallis, MT
Stand By ktej99, Andover, MA
The Hobbit (in film) By TristanPenson, Braintree, MA
The Peak By GraceBrodeen, Jacksonville, FL
Trapped in thoughts By Detective_J, San Diego, CA
Urban-ette By madidolan, Alpharetta, GA
Visible scars By thekateffect, Union City, OH
Winter Admirer By Duchess, Pine Grove, PA


Eternity By RachaelA, middleburgh , NY
Gasping for Words By galboisabella, Kersey, PA
Hymn By Yannamarsmiley, Miami, FL
Shadows By alex_m22, miami, FL
The sky By Sutherma06, Traverse city, MI
What If You Stayed? By chunkymuffin, Newmarket, NH
On a Snowy New York Night By Babybearcub, West Linn, OR
'Tis the Season By awriterspseudonym, Richmond, VA
4,325 Miles Away By Pezzolla, South Plainfield, NJ
A Balloon By Sauntering_expressions, New delhi, IN
After the Flood By FireThief, Kotte, AL
Apologies to Hughes By David.Oberteniak, Newton, KS
As Shade By fudge2cake, Hopkins, MN
Astronauts By WallaceConnington, Metamora, MI
Birthday Memory By LilyLynx, Council Bluffs, IA
Bluehairs By Van1sher, Hebron, KY
Brother's Youth By Quillily, Vienna, VA
C.S. Lewis By AulaTulliusSulla, Sioux Falls, SD
Charles River By eleanoreeleanore, Cambridge, MA
Childhood Vignettes By jl637, Livingston, NJ
Conductor By mereCat, Horsham, ZZ
Crocheted Mint Memories By LifeLeader, Roanoke, VA
Daddy Is a Hobo By Anonymous, Hebron, KY
Daddy Issues By Anonymous, The Colony, TX
Darling, You Matter By PrincetonGirl, Parma, ID
Doors By IcarusToday, Olathe, KS
Emotion Overload By ElisaTheBtich, Rigaud, ZZ
Fruit By The Foot By AvaBoo, West Newton, MA
Glistening Mirrors By ermazilla, Rolla, MO
Gray Spots By megan_lynne, Pittsburgh, PA
Greener Grass By omb15, Chappaqua, NY
House on the Corner By EllaNorth, Vancouver, WA
How to Love a Broken Person By McKennaChristine, Eau Claire, WI
I Lost My Name By bbvanzee, Madelia, MN
I Want By E.Moore14, Chattanooga, TN
I've Learned By JordanJGHS, Bay City, MI
Immortal Rest By Lydiah, Manhattan Beach, CA
In the Clouds By lilee, Saginaw, MI
Life Jacket By Gray1, Carefree , AZ
Like Tags on Cattle By Escritora, Bucharest, ZZ
Memories of my Brother II By mereCat, Horsham, ZZ
Notes: Experimenting with Poetry By ItsTimeToBegin, Lexington, MA
On Poinsettias By grace_mauve, Lilburn, GA
Reckless Abandon By J.M.daCruz, Providence, RI
Recycled Love By Bridgeport, Columbus, OH
Regal Starvation By SophiaR1999, San Pedro, CA
Riverside Dreams By ElisaTheBtich, Rigaud, ZZ
sandpaper By LittleRedDeliriousPrince, Parma Heights, OH
Se Ha Hecho Justicia By Anonymous, Pewaukee, WI
Season’s Greetings By CalebH123, Markle, IN
See What I Hear By Clytemnistra, Norwood, NJ
Ship in a Bottle By kelseylemon, Royal Oak, MI
Smoldering Thoughts By emilyellis, schoharie, NY
Snowfall By Sahara11, Hartland, WI
Starlit Misery By xziax, Simi Valley, CA
Subconscious Opinions on Significance By EbonIvory, Green Brook, NJ
take a step By dragonstar, olympia, WA
The Anticlimax By gracebrindle, Westfield, NJ
The Calming Scent of the Universe By AulaTulliusSulla, Sioux Falls, SD
Trauma's Home By megthepoet, winnipeg, MN
Two Tone By emilie32, Hartland, WI
Vertigo By gracebrindle, Westfield, NJ
Virus By lovepuff, Spearfish, SD
Washed Away By Katie01, Newmarket, NH
Why Do You Have Everything? By kthai, Ho Chi Minh City, ZZ
Yellowstone Lake By MarinaE, Richmond, VA
Your New Kitchen By gracebrindle, Westfield, NJ
friends By dodgeitall, Fremont , CA
How Are You? By Palindrome, Reedley, CA
Land of the Free By ATroubledWriter, Pace, FL
Paintbrush By spookymikki, Mendon, MA
Parentheses By mydearwatson, Chesapeake, VA
Park Statue By j1448, North Andover, MA
Rusted Wheelbarrow By Smudges, Concord, MA
Taste By Dogood, Winter Park, FL
The One Goal I Saved By Palindrome, Reedley, CA
three-eighths By ecmilla, Berkeley, CA
Winter Flames By CynthiaFeathers, Frisco, TX
You Never Forgave Me By Your_Apathetic_Basketcase, Orlando, FL
Don't Ignore Me, I'm Scared By sjuno, New York, NY
Moonslaughter By dinma, Norwalk, CA

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