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  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Nope--no--up a little bit--over there--to the side--aha there you go. Creature #1 with cold, clammy hands fuddles for my switch, and eventually finds it. Creature #1 turns me once, twice, three times to my highest level. I flood the whole world with a bright yellow light, and the room is suddenly fi...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
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    Chaos. That's the only way to explain this book. Absolute chaos. Reading the first paragraph, I was intrigued. By the second paragraph, I wanted to give up. And you probably will, too. My advice: Don't. Seen through the eyes of the delusional Billy Pilgrim, war embodies a new meaning in Slaug...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    She's not a typical bully. But then again, I'm not a typical victim. All through middle school, we were best friends. We sat together in class, went to parties, shared secrets – normal stuff. But one September day, that came to a sudden end. I decided to sit with some other kids at lunch, and a...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    I want something amazing to spill out of these fingers and onto this page, a quilt of words woven seamlessly together. I want it to warm a reader's soul and make them recall childhood memories of the time they went on a Sunday picnic with their grandmama and they nibbled on ham and cheese sandw...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Right. Wrong. I thought adults were supposed to know the difference. Apparently not. I know I was taught to return the wallet on the street and to give money to the homeless man on Acorn Road. I thought everyone was taught that. Apparently not. Kids make mistakes, right? Especially teenage...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    December 26, 2011 When I was young, it seemed wonderful, like a creative outlet. I had power and so did my imagination. It was never a piece of paper. It was a world. My world. And I could make it whatever I wanted. There was never just black in my world. There was only a dark night sky. And if the...
  • Nonfiction > Heroes
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    You've heard the expression before. You might have laughed at it. Or maybe even used it. But now I'd like you to listen to this, and think next time. The other day, as my friend and I walked by some guys, we heard them say it. Of course, it was referring to something negative. Prob...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    He says to do this She says listen close He tells me not to My mind is boggled I don't know who to follow Too many choices Forget what they say Don't be a follower: Lead Always tall and proud Why follow their rules When you can create your own New Expectations Escape so...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I like flowers and I like love and I like hope but none of those things seem to matter in this world this world where everything is work but not good work only bad work and life is like a box of chocolates and I think I picked the wrong one up it doesn’t taste so sweet right now. If I ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Dear Journal, When every homework assignment turns into your personal journal...you know it's time for a change. Lately, I've been thinking too hard. About what, I'm not exactly sure. Life in general? Yeah, pretty much. I just received a letter from my past myself, and hon...
  • Hot Topics > What Matters
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    Monday, October 31 6:00 am alarm goes off 6:30 am wake up and realize you overslept 7:00 am leave the house--it's 56 degrees and raining 7:05 am remember you forgot your lunch 7:30 am get to school, run to locker--it's pouring 7:35 am rush to 5th grade classroom to tutor ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Why are smiles cliche? You know, the bright flash of a grin that stencils dimples in cheeks and makes us girls fall over? And summer. Why is summer cliche? Kids crouched around a frying egg on a steaming sidewalk or splashes in the pool when the bottoms of your soft feet start to turn rough and...
  • Fiction > Romance
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    I wish I understood boys. They used to seem so straightforward back in elementary school. If they liked you, they'd pretend to hate you, and then they'd kiss you. Then you'd never talk again. It was that simple. Now there are too many words--the spoken ones and the silent ones. ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    She tried to hide it. And it worked. No one else could see what was behind her smile, or her sleeves. She kept up her image, didn't let anyone in. Her "nothing's wrong" face deceived us all. But one day, she came clean. I wasn't ready for it. I thought, "Why did she ch...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    If all people were blind Then we would see the beauty in every being...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    We never went inside. We never met the owner. But it was Our Barn. On those early mornings, Frost-covered grass bent in the wind, while Blissful birds hummed tunes in the branches above. Black silhouettes of leafless trees mingled with the dim heavens, Chilly fog crept through the gro...
  • Nonfiction > Heroes
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    Yesterday, she could've stood there and not said anything. Yesterday, she could've let an injustice pass by without a word. Yesterday, she could've let two boys walk away without knowing. Yesterday, she chose not to. Yesterday, my hero proved herself. Yesterday, she decided not to i...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    When do I say I? I say I when I'm telling a story. I say I when I'm referencing something that I did. I say I when I'm recognizing my achievements. I say I when I've won. I say I when I was the leader. I say I when I'm talking about myself. "One time I was walking...&...
  • Fiction > Romance
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    When he says my name, I feel my heart skip a beat. When he touches my hand, I feel as if I want to fly. When he looks into my eyes, I wish I could stare at him all day. When he waves at me, I feel butterflies in my stomach. When I say her name, I'm asking if I can copy her algebra notes. Whe...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    I lay on the beach, letting the sand squish between my toes. The heat of the sun clothes my nearly naked body. Every inch of my skin cries out for a cool breeze, and the wind answers promptly. I close my eyes for a moment, allowing my hair to wave and fly about my face. I look up at the expanse of b...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    My feet would stumble, My heart would crumble, If I were not me. My eyes would see the rind and I wouldn't be blind If I were not I. My hands would aim to kill and I'd take more than my fill, If I were not I. My lips would yell curses instead of sing prayers, By night I�...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Why do Tears swell in our eyes and come along with goodbyes? Why does Sadness always come in a wave and Anger arrive in a rage? Why is it fiery and boiling up a storm? Why is Happiness glowing, safe and warm? And why does it sometimes brim? Why is Fear shaking as if on a limb, and Joy dancing...
  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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    “If everyone were blind, they would then see the real light in each individual.” Prejudice is the weed in every garden. It spreads fast and overtakes the pretty, colorful flowers. Also like weeds, prejudice is everywhere: at work, in cities, on farms, in all countries, and even at Providence Da...
  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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    These days people are so focused on the rind that they never get to taste the sweet juice. Religion, accent, outfit, grade, ethnicity, and so many more factors instantly decide if we like someone. All we have to do is see someone walk down the street, and we formulate ideas about who they are and wh...
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