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Teen ink : our voices, our visions
Meyer, Stephanie H., 1946-
Publication Information:
Deerfield Beach, FL : Health Communications, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxi, 361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A collection of stories and poems by teenage writers, arranged under the categories "Friends, " "Challenges, " "Love, " "Loss, " "Family, " "Heroes, " "Fitting In, " "Memories, " and "Creativity."
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PZ5 .T2948 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PZ5 .T2948 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Written entirely by teens, TeenInk uniquely captures the essence of what it means to be a teenager. This collection of prose and poetry represents the honest, forthright and compelling moments that define their lives.

Pieces for this book were chosen from a base of more than 300,000 submissions to TeenInk magazine. In addition, more than 3,800 students in 42 states helped evaluate the final selections for the book.

The power of TeenInk lies in its writers-all teenagers themselves. Their insightful accounts deal with real issues that will resonate with their peers. Their voices reverberate with the emotional highs and lows of the teenage years. These young authors produce fresh, creative, honest, and always compelling words that make TeenInk the standard for teen expression.

Every teen reader will see themselves and their worlds reflected here. In addition, parents, grandparents, teachers, and other caring adults will relish these unique and inspired pieces.

As the voice of teens, the book focuses on their issues: Friends (relationships and trying situations); Families (love and conflicts); Fitting In (peer pressure and prejudice); Challenges (facing obstacles); Loss (of family and friends); Memories (reflecting earlier times); Love (dealing with relationships); Heroes (parents, teachers, mentors); and Creativity (fiction and poetry).

Subsequent books in this extraordinary series will focus on individual topics and explore in even greater depth the extraordinary heart-felt feelings and opinions of today's teens.

Author Notes

Stephanie H. Meyer is a founder of The Young Authors Foundation. She holds masters degrees in education and social work. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In 1989, the Young Authors Foundation began publishing teenagers' work in The 21st Century, now called TeenInk magazine. The foundation continues to provide a forum for adolescent voices and visions. According to the editors, this book "represents some of the best stories, poems, essays and artwork we've published over the last decade." The pieces are divided into categories such as friends, love, family, etc. Unfortunately, the articles disproportionately focus on death, loss, and disappointment. Although the voices here are honest, they are also disheartened. The writing is definitely at a teenage level with little sophistication in style or vocabulary. Poor grammar and cohesion mar some entries. Labeling these as the "best" raises expectations that there should be outstanding material here when much of it is uninspiring and resigned. Black-and-white photos and artwork by teens illustrate the book.-Joanne K. Cecere, Highland High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Grantedby Andrew Hammer "I wish she was dead," I said quietly to my cousin as we stood in his living room watching our mothers talk one late fall day freshmen year. My mom and Aunt Sharon spoke of nothing in particular, simply enjoying each other's company. My mother often embarrassed me, and that day was no exception. I was embarrassed by how she dressed, with her dorky Christmas socks and shirt tucked in all the time. Then there was the way she acted: always so joyful, not realizing what it was like being seen with her. The things she said (and firmly believed) also bothered me, such as "Parents don't expect enough of their children," and "The day I say boys will be boys, you may as well just shoot me." This was not the first time I felt a strong dislike toward my mother, but it was one of the last. That evening I went home unaware of how much influence my mother had in my life. Nearly a week later, I found out. My parents were disappointed with me and my older brother, Peter. They felt we were making typical teen mistakes and didn't like our choice of hangouts, our clothing that didn't fit and, sometimes, our friends. Most of all they hated our music with its loud banging and screaming. One night, I became so frustrated with my mother when she threw out my favorite CD that I punched a hole in my wall. I quickly rearranged the furniture so no one would notice. Pulling up to school the next morning, I went through the usual routine. I tried to sit low in the seat of our old beat-up station wagon so no one would recognize me as my mother dropped me off. I tried to get out as quickly as possible. As I gathered my things my mother said, "Good-bye." I managed to utter, "Bye," as I slipped out of the car. Not much stands out about that day in school. Just before it was over, however, I do remember glancing out the window at an ambulance speeding down Main Street. It reminded me of my first-grade teacher, a scary, old woman who always made us say a Hail Mary for the person the ambulance was rescuing. Arriving home with my friend, I found my brother, Peter, watching TV with my little brother, Greg. "Where's Meta?" I asked, noticing my sister's absence. "Out with all the rest of the big eighth-graders?" "She and Mom went shopping," Peter replied. I made myself a float and sat down to watch TV. An hour later we heard the distinct crackle of stones in the driveway. Although I knew it would be my mother, my instinct led me to look outside. "Andy, who is it?" Peter asked. "It's a cop. He's just turning around." Then I realized the cop wasn't backing up. The car door opened. "He's getting out!" At first, I worried I was in trouble. Peter and I went to the door to meet the officer. I remained as still as possible and hoped politeness would keep away trouble. Seeing how slowly he approached, I relaxed a bit. As he reached the door, he took off his hat. "Is your father home?" he asked. "No, he's still at work." His questio Excerpted from Our Voices, Our Visions: Today's Teenagers Sharing Thoughts on Friends, Family, Fitting In, Challenges, Loss, Memories, Love, Heroes by John Meyer, Stephanie H. Meyer All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Lisa GauchesApril WeberChristopher ScintaDavid CevoliHeather M. WalkerJacqueline SavageJillian CoteKate StaplesKristen E. ConwayDeanna HarrisLaura YilmazErik BernsteinKelly MurphyAmanda HagerElizabeth Ames MillerKimberly BurtonGreg WaltersAmanda BatzMelanie RaceHolly HesterChristina CourtemarcheCaroline RichardsAlissa DeschnowJennifer CorbettJennifer ColemanMary Mattila CooperOlivia KingTravis OstromPamela Jourdain MoulLindsay DannerLori KesslerJason DunlapAlison LemonRosa Rockmore BaierAndrew HammerLauren VoseGina Nicole StatutoJessika TeegardenJennifer ClarkeBenjamin RhatiganMarcy GriffinBrian HarrisonSasha DwyerAndrea JosenhansJessica SeifriedAllison PooleRobert McKeeCassandra StuartElizabeth PileAndrea TraskAlison ReemerKaidi StroudJoseph DiPasqualeKelly DonaldHelen ComberAndy ReddenAlexa LinMargaret WetherellHeather QuinnEmma HillMark PhelanPamela GorlinJinny CaseMelissa KleinmanTiffani MoreheadAmanda O'LoughlinBrendan MurphyCassandra SummerillKathleen WatersT. K. BrodericJaime KoniakMelissa BizubMiranda NoonanTiffany BurtonLisa SchottenfeldMicaela GoldingAnna TudorLisandra LamboyAaron ShieldAlexa LinDanielle CompereKathleen McMillanDana MarloweLa Toya CollinsMichelle LaMarcaAlex W. HillKatherine CincottaMaliha ShaikhKun JiaJarod RhoadesLauren LeReaMegan MorrowPaul ConstantTimothy CahillShana OnigmanMark DenoncourKevin Robert MulcahyCaitlin BennettJennifer CohunRandolph PaulsenAdrienne Scheibel
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Welcomep. xxi
1. Friends
Losing Tylerp. 2
The Girl with the Red-Violet Hairp. 5
Kaylap. 7
Raindrops and Tearsp. 15
Mystery Thawingp. 18
The Trees That Criedp. 24
Can You Stand the Rain?p. 27
Sam and His Tomatoesp. 30
Matt Keegan (Sitting Next to Me)p. 33
2. Challenges
It Hurt Not to Cryp. 38
Crimson Tearsp. 45
Just Like a Moviep. 47
Dear A. J.p. 51
Safe for the Nightp. 53
Wendy and the Monkey Bringerp. 56
Leaving Dadp. 59
Don't Be Afraid to Askp. 62
Would You?p. 66
Coming Back to Lifep. 68
Saving My Brotherp. 71
Weight of the Matterp. 73
From the Other Side of a Locked Doorp. 75
The Tattoop. 77
3. Love
Firefly Eyesp. 80
Love Gone Wrongp. 82
I Rested in Your Armsp. 85
The Hole in My Heartp. 87
New Frontierp. 89
Bringing Home a Strangerp. 92
First Datep. 96
Storybook Lovep. 98
Happy Valentine's Dayp. 101
Daydreams of a Cashierp. 104
"See You Later"p. 108
4. Loss
Grantedp. 112
The Tearp. 116
Papa Preferred Rosesp. 119
Shadowp. 123
I Love You, Momp. 125
If Only I Could Cryp. 128
Why Me?p. 130
I Couldn't Let Go of the Memoryp. 132
A Life Still to Leadp. 136
Saying Good-Bye to Brandyp. 139
A Strong Manp. 142
The Rainp. 144
Good Night and Good-Byep. 146
The Things We Take for Grantedp. 150
Passing the Guardrailp. 152
Sheldon the Fishermanp. 154
5. Family
Reliving the Nightmarep. 158
Holding Onp. 162
Skating Paradise Lostp. 164
Bargaining with Godp. 167
Christmas Cookiesp. 169
No Visitors at This Timep. 174
Perfectionp. 176
My Worst Dayp. 179
Constant Fearp. 181
Feast Fit for a Kingp. 184
"What Did You Say?"p. 186
Father Figurep. 189
The Greatest Giftp. 191
6. Heroes
My Friend, Bethp. 196
Danny Leep. 198
Exit: My Herop. 200
Hockey Dadp. 204
The Strangerp. 206
Our Escapep. 207
A Guardian Angel with the Same Namep. 209
A Pint-Sized Mentorp. 211
Trapped Insidep. 214
Donna Reed, Eat Your Heart Outp. 216
7. Fitting In
Nappy-Headed with "Limited" Potential?p. 220
Into the Moldp. 223
I Sat with Nikkip. 224
The Beauty of Diversityp. 227
Ghetto Girlp. 229
I'm Not Prejudiced, Am I?p. 232
Good Enough for Mep. 235
It Doesn't Come Naturallyp. 239
8. Memories
My Grandpap. 244
Generic Flowers on Refrigeratorsp. 247
Basketball and Mep. 250
Still Missing Himp. 254
I Don't Remember the Carp. 256
She Saidp. 259
My Cinderella Castlep. 260
Miracle on Eighth Streetp. 264
9. Creativity
A Stained Letterp. 270
Backwardsp. 278
Don't Melt, My Snowflakep. 281
Timmy the Toad--A Fictional-But-Not-So-Fictional Parablep. 290
One-Fifth of a Secondp. 294
Ophelia and Mep. 297
Evidencep. 302
The Passion of a Fine Young Manp. 306
Fourteen Days of a Fruit Flyp. 308
Watching Mommy and Daddyp. 311
Hitchhikerp. 314
Jonathan's World of Whitep. 319
How to Submit Writing, Art and Photosp. 325
The Young Authors Foundationp. 327
How to Receive TeenInk Magazinep. 329
Acknowledgmentsp. 331
Contributorsp. 337
Permissions (continued)p. 357