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Issue #248 (September/October 2015) issue cover
Letting Go, Holding On

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Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. (full text)

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DeAnna's habit of cutting class finally catches up with her. She decides to transfer to a new school, but first she must prove that she's serious about starting over. (full text)

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Students talk about the people, attitudes, and behaviors that may help or hinder them on the road to success. (full text)

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David is close with his grandmother until she moves back to Korea.
Then he gets distracted with his new American life in New York and loses touch with her. (full text)

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When the writer arrives here from China, she quickly befriends a girl who she feels the need to protect. She learns that the relationship isn't reciprocal. (full text)

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Carlos, who is from Honduras, recounts two assassination attempts on his father's life. (full text)

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Levaunna's parents split when her dad admits he has another family. Levaunna starts lying, drinking, and acting out--but a friend helps her stop her destructive behavior. (full text)

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When the writer's older sister moves away to escape her verbally abusive parents, the writer realizes what a valuable role model her sister was. (full text)

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David succumbs to pressure from his two older sisters to go on a roller coaster with them for the first time. (full text)

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Contest winners describe how learning about other cultures made them re-think their own identities and worldviews. (full text)

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When the writer gets locked up in juvenile detention for three months, she uses everything she learned in therapy to stay out of fights. (full text)

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In Japan, Kristine grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. Re-reading one of the books now makes her fondly remember her childhood. (full text)
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