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The Skirt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is... (more »)
The Pact This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
We sat around a wobbly, cast-iron table outside Starbucks around 9:30 one night the summer that I was 14. Emma, Karen, Cathy, and I had just been to a movie we had since decided was a waste of $4.50 and two hours of our lives. Cathy was... (more »)
Home Alone This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The sky was pitch black, the house was creaking, and I still had four hours until my parents got home. Locked in my parents’ room, I turned on the TV full blast so I wouldn’t hear the creaking house. I barely heard the phone ring. I picked... (more »)
A Tough Lesson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
It was the end of my junior year, the weekend before prom. I was riding around that night with some friends, and a bottle got passed around the car. Everyone was taking swigs. Then the bottle got to me. With it in my hand I thought, What will I... (more »)
The Holes in My Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
As a child in Cambodia, life was difficult. It went from bad to worse when my mother got sick. As usual, my father left us and went someplace else. I hardly ever saw him. I loved my ­father and maybe I still do. He wasn’t a nice man, though. He... (more »)
Learning to Be a Lady This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
      The first time I dressed up as a woman was Halloween. Innocent enough, I suppose - costumes and whatnot. Some people dressed as ogres, the traditional witch, and, as always, multiple poorly imitated Frankensteins. I... (more »)
The Bike, The Old Man and I
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Most of my childhood enduring memories are of the ordinary variety. However, there is one occurrence that stands out above others, it’s the old man at the same time every morning that peddles around on his mini-tricycle with same vigor... (more »)
Trip to India
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Smothered by a blanket of heat, I entered a small stuffy room. Gray paint peeled from the walls. Kids sat on the floor along the baseboards, playing with donated toys. Above my head, a small fan rotated aggressively, as if trying to break off... (more »)
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Teachers are people too. It's hard to imagine that the person you see twice week has a life outside the classroom; it's often easier to believe they live at their desks. I tend to be the kid who teachers remember, sometimes for good... (more »)
Forest Wars
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I climbed out of the ravine, which was home to a slowly flowing creek that was a mere two inches deep. The murky water seeped into the small cuts on my ankles given to me by overgrown blackberry bushes. My swollen feet pulsed in sync with the... (more »)
Risks This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Bravery wasn’t a word I heard too much while growing up. My parents protected me, their only child, by teaching me safety was the priority of everything I did. Well, this message sank in a little too deep. As a toddler I would glare at nearby... (more »)
The Time I Got An F
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  I was in seventh grade, in middle school. I had gone to all my classes except for fifth and sixth. I went to fifth period, did all my work and the classes was about to end. Since it was Friday, the teacher was passing out grade... (more »)
My generation
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My generation is completely different from every other generation that has come before us. There has been new inventions and events that have molded perspectives and beliefs of our new generation. Previous generations would most likely frown... (more »)
My First Fight
By , providence, RI
It was the end of the school year 6th grade and there was this 8th grader that wanted to fight me. She honestly wanted to fight me over a boy that is related to me. So the day started off good i got in trouble a couple times but I... (more »)
Your Pen
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The ink is one of the most marvelous inventions in the world. We all use inks daily to take notes, to write novels, articles ,and poems by using our imaginary words. So, we can say that the ink is a very big step toward the modern ball pens.... (more »)
Growing Up Fearless
By , Barrington, IL
As a child, you experience a lot that changes you into the person who you will one day become. Every single day something slowly shapes you, good or bad, into who you are. In a perfect world there would be no more bullying, or poverty, but in... (more »)
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