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Issue #249 (November/December 2015) issue cover
Give—And Get

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After Lisuini learns the history of the ‘n’ word, and “how it was used to abuse and demean black people,” he decides to drop it from his vocabulary. (full text)

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Andre says he feels like he has more in common with a white runner or writer than he does a black hip hop artist. (full text)

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When the writer and her family move from Vietnam to Manhattan, her mother begins taking her frustrations out on her. But the writer understands that her mother feels isolated and lonely. (full text)

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Here several teens share their experiences in an effort to help others move beyond ignorance, fear, and stereotyping of Muslims. (full text)

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After a charity pays for his favorite teacher’s twins’ medical support, Joel’s teacher asks him to give back to this charity and he does without hesitation. Joel realizes even teens can make a difference. (full text)

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After Lisuini’s mom enrolls him in the Boys & Girls Club he learns important life lessons about himself and discovers a community in which he can grow and contribute. (full text)

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Melvin doesn’t feel ready for college, so he gets a job. Working at Citymeals-on-Wheels, he meets seniors who encourage him to pursue his love of acting.
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Wensley believes older people don't judge as much as kids his age, a reason he loves this book. It is about an old man's life reflections as he nears death. (full text)

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After doing jail time for robbery, the writer begins to reevaluate his life. However, he doesn't make a significant change until his grandmother dies; she had pressed him to leave the street life behind. (full text)

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After Perla is hit by a car and forced to spend a year in a wheelchair for a broken leg, she experiences life from the viewpoint of a disabled person. (full text)

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Contest winners share their advice for transitioning successfully from middle school to high school. (full text)

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Contest runners-up share their advice for transitioning successfully from middle school to high school. (full text)

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After admiring lots of women in their elegant high heels, Shameera borrows her sister’s shoes without asking and goes for a walk. (full text)

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When the writer was 12, her sister was molested by her uncle in the next bedroom. Life for them both has never been the same. (full text)

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Ian struggled with reading and didn't enjoy it until he discovered the world of comics. They have inspired him to read books in other genres and write his own stories. (full text)
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