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Teen Ink Magazine, May 2016 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


The Genie of the Gem By Billy1222, Chicago, IL
A Portrait of the Pitcher as a Young Man By nckhssng, Rockville Centre, NY
Home By Samantha A., Vancouver, Canada
Mirror Image By mbryant, Midlothian, VA
The Water Dweller's Daughter By ArahKo, Wheaton, IL

Hot Topics

BullyingYou Don't Hear It, But I Do By hopekurth, Tampa, FL
Community ServiceMiracles at Double H Ranch By da1sygirl, Delmar, NY
Community ServiceRomania’s Orphans By Kira P., Verona, WI
HealthA Life-Changing Diagnosis By meleavvelenata, Seattle, WA
Letters to the EditorDear Hogwarts By rainygrace, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorI Am Not a Ballerina By mtressler52, Defiance, OH
Letters to the EditorMy Body's Extension By @Danny_Vega, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorSeven Seasons of Us By colbystirk, Wilmington, DE
Letters to the EditorThanks! By chipped_graphite, Camden, ME
Letters to the EditorUnfriending Lauren By Cabbages, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorUnfriending Lauren By Joey1, Phoenix, AZ
Letters to the EditorYou Can Solve Global Problems By JustinM., Townsend, DE


Educator of the YearMr. Hoek By jkogan18, Ny, NY
MemoirDrive By TckTck12, Verona, NJ
MemoirI Love You, Too By chantell.nicole, Goshen, IN
MemoirMy Coming Out By IzzyBomb, Alameda, CA
MemoirMy Father's Mistakes By Anonymous, London, ZZ
MemoirSpace By SophieLoffie, Wilmington, MA
MemoirWhat Adults Don't Tell Us About Growing Up By miamcbride, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Personal ExperienceA Growing Winter Night By DwightHan, Ramsey, NJ
Personal ExperienceA Trichy Situation By Anonymous, South Burlington, VT
Personal ExperienceAll That Matters By ShelbyStanke, Portland, MI
Personal ExperienceColor-Blindness Isn't a Solution By pen-enthusiast, northglenn, CO
Personal ExperienceDigging in China By MichelleMusic, Cresskill, NJ
Personal ExperienceGo Ahead, Smell It By ShanelleFernando, Sewickley, PA
Personal ExperienceHand in Hand By queenofthenile, Tenafly, NJ
Personal ExperienceTaken by the Waves By Celina F., Franklin, WI
Personal ExperienceThe Smell of my Mom in the Evening By shawna22, Sussex, WI
Personal ExperienceThe Thing About Love By aprilfools, Wheatfield, IN
Personal ExperienceThe Truth Shall Not Set Mother Goose Free By Anonymous, Houston, TX
SportsAmerica's Pastime By tvaughn18, Ripon, CA
SportsSitting Out By YourFuturePresident, Seattle, WA
Travel & CultureExperiencing Irie By sydrob, Miramar, FL
Travel & CultureGrowing Yams in Frozen Soil By Ray--yo, Kathmandu, ZZ
Travel & CultureMonsoon Season By MahimaR., Pittsburgh, PA
Travel & CultureWhere the Music Never Ends By TheMage, Olathe, KS


Happy With Hillary By hceruto, New York, NY
The Case of Jacob Ind By FreeBird101, Harrisburg, PA
Trump: What Else Is There to Say? By Caesar123, Union Grove, WI
How To Raise Your Parents By Gracieblue, Oak Park, IL


Book ReviewsA walk to remember by Nicholas Sparks By Oliviamf, Malden, MA
Book ReviewsAll The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr By Abra_Lee, Vancleave, MS
Book ReviewsBlink by Malcolm Gladwell By AlaNova, Naperville, IL
Book ReviewsConfessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson By adhanda, Neshanic Station, NJ
Book ReviewsThe Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez By KatieKrantz, Atlanta, GA
Movie ReviewsSilent Hill: Revelation By Team_Underoos2k16, Owings Mills, MD
Movie ReviewsSpotlight By emi_is_fab, cambridge, MA
Music ReviewsBlurryface by Twenty One Pilots By L.J.Barnes., Powhatan, VA
Music ReviewsCry Baby by Melanie Martinez By fitzcain, St. Louis, MO
Music ReviewsDelilah by Anderson East By LizzK, Sullivan, WI
Music ReviewsGrace by Jeff Buckley By ohwellwhatever, Rockville, VA
TV show reviewsParks and Recreation By Nextmia, Brooklyn, NY
Video game reviewsSplit Second By c0katoo's_bar_and_grillll, bridgeville, DE
Video game reviewsTerraria By Nestor_Martinez, Hemet, CA
Video game reviewsTrauma Center: Second Opinion By lonelyperson, New York, NY

Art / Photo

"Circle Series" No.1: The Moth Girl By BlueFox, Marietta, GA
"Conceal" By Holmond.J, Conley, GA
A Princess Tale By Instantimages, Westbrook, CT
Abandoned By Savannah.W, Joliet, MT
Adventure With Sweets By Stephanieeeeee, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
African Sunrise By , Southport, CT
Aidez-Moi Partie II By , San Donato Milanese, ZZ
Books and Shadows By Madison.Johnson, Denver, IA
Bourbon By vettz, sharpsburg, GA
Breath. By Inkheart78, Owosso, MI
Don't let the words that hurt you stick By Kinza, Waterloo, ZZ
Family Christmas By Seliboo, Yuba City, CA
Finish Strong By rachelwalters1, Carrollton, TX
Flowers By curlew77, Pleasantville, NY
Happy By deanna.monroe22, jonesport, ME
I'm on top of the world eh! By Aatikah, Leicester, ZZ
Japan By , cliffside park, NJ
Keep Going By IsabellaRonchetti, Florence, ZZ
Kendra and Jordan01 By WellingPhotography, Nova, OH
L8er Sk8er By Photosbykl, Red Hook, NY
Love of a Horse By danikataylor, Sisters, OR
Majestic Lavi By corissaG42, fort collins, CO
Making a Splash By emmalizmort, Granville, OH
Memories By floozee, Baltimore, MD
Move mountains By SprayKid, Saint Simons Island, GA
New Fashioned Flapper By boykinbabe, Charlotte, NC
nice job By LeahC, Burke, VA
Perspective on a Family Photo By SophieSchnitzel, Seattle, WA
praying with hope By BetsyJ, vellore, ZZ
Refuge By upsidaisies, Westford, MA
Shanghai By , Shanghai, ZZ
She's The Girl.. By CallMeAria, Vancouver, ZZ
Silent Thoughts By , Norwalk, CA
STRIKE!! By alipurdy7, Macon, GA
The Doorway By profpet, Lopburi, AL
The Hope for a Better Tomorrow By AshleyNaomi98, Orlando, FL
The Mystery of a Dream By PaintTillIDie, Kansas City, MO
The Other Side By sarahlauren, Westport, CT
The price of pretty By , Dallas, GA
The Surfer By nwj97, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Through the Torrent Together By AnnieRav14, Brookfield, WI
white lies By Woos_art, Lake Oswego, OR
Zack Attack By nickgtz, Los Angeles,


Childhood By sharpened_pencil, Warren, NJ
Crescendo By lilyha, Redmond, WA
Grand Canyon By ItsTimeToBegin, Lexington, MA
Mother By annastrosser, Danbury, CT
Mother's Day By ItsTimeToBegin, Lexington, MA
My Shadow Must By TheTenth, Oswego, IL
Ode to my Uke By anexistentialpeanut, Double Oak, TX
untitled By cbrzenk, Pewaukee, WI
Wonder By Vennila, Brampton, ZZ
You, In the Community Garden By t.lee., Ridgefield, CT
(do they ever stop?) By gerardway, Brooklyn, NY
A Day in the City By Leozard, Barnegat, NJ
Amnesia By SofiaM, Monterrey, ZZ
Boiling Water By allielw123, Wilbraham, MA
Bus Stop By natalie.schlosberg, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY
City of Walls By Queen_of_Mediocrity, Houston, TX
Country Life By Jpeschong, Hartland, WI
Daughter to Father By Anonymous, Lexington, MA
Defector(ette) By BroadwayTheCat, of thieves, IL
Easy Operations By xziax, Simi Valley, CA
Explanation By Alex D. C., New York, NY
Final Farewell By RubyDalwood, London, ZZ
For Her (Part I) By ygh9812, Prairie Village, KS
Forest Library By ElisaTheDuck, St.Lazare, ZZ
From Me By MadelineMainn, New Castle, IN
Graph By Imabutterfly, Lenexa, KS
Heart in My Head By jlain, Littleton, CO
I Have My Daddy's Eyes By Anonymous, Lititz, PA
I Never Called Him Daddy By futurista12, Far Rockaway, NY
I Wish You Had Stuck With The Flu By snikolayev, Cambridge, MA
If You Asked A Leaf By Moo-lisa, baltimore, MD
In the Rain, We Wear Stars By Bridgeport, Columbus, OH
in the sink By Cassidy_Suzanne, Sewickley, PA
Infectious By Elaina S., Rancho Sante Fe, CA
Insomniac By inawang, Portland, OR
Kaleidoscope Eyes By emparente, Cooper City, FL
Little Joys By KantTouchThis, Madison, WI
mindless rhymes By caiagab, bayport, NY
Mommy By mem228, Attleboro, MA
Mother Says By eapplegate9, Barnegat, NJ
My Grandfather Said By HannahMelville, Montclair, NJ
Narcoleptic By Anonymous, Mount Pleasant, SC
No Dream Lovelier than You By amay_g, Rockville, MD
No Feeling By 16tomlinsonk, Gilford, NH
Only Felt By Cameroono, Peachtree City, GA
Ophelia By candruski, Vancouver, ZZ
Paper Dolls By Gabrielleamar, New York, NY
Reality Recipe By anniecc, White Heath, IL
Rinse Cycle By thankyou, cannon falls, MN
Roots By PresCocoRain, MONTGOMERY, AL
Self-Portrait at Seventeen By ailie44foresman, Pittsburg, KS
She Told Me Over Breakfast By Alexo, Royal Oak, MI
Simply By elephab12, Katy, TX
Smoke By Catrox3, Little Rock, AR
Sol et Luna By a.webs, Oconomowoc, WI
the cat that pesters me in my sleep By toriiitaylor, Davie, FL
The Dance of a Pen By malloryryan07, Brookwood, AL
The Last Verse By Olympus, Belle Mead, NJ
The Music By nvanz, Cannon Falls, MN
The People By Kimina_Kat, Youngstown, OH
The Unspeakable By cthrn_gao, San Jose, CA
Time To Go Inside By marcyzwirn, Cerritos, CA
Tortured By Jgreen, Royal Oak, MI
Violet By David.Oberteniak, Newton, KS
War on Terror By ruger20115, Aurora, IL
Where I'm From By eugeniepark, Bellevue, WA
Your Art Reflects You By LucRevir, Hartland, WI
Alone By Blizzardstorm, Willow Street, PA
Frodo Haiku By pianojammin98, Nashotah WI, WI
Summertime Children By Claire_A, Pleasanton, CA
Untitled By Arrowhead13, Hubertus, WI
A Beautiful Day By ranyaK, jjj, ZZ

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