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Book Review: Nujeen
From Syria’s war zone to freedom
author image “Some people don’t want Syrian refugees to come here. But we need to help them,” writes Jaelyn. That 17-year-old Nujeen is also wheelchair-bound makes her journey from Syria to Germany even more dramatic.

The expression, “You can’t tell a book by its cover,” isn’t true with this book. On the cover of Nujeen, by Nujeen Mustafa, there is a picture of a teenage girl... [more]

Taking Care of Myself Taking Care of Myself
Plan B Was Plan A - Leaving My Toxic Home Behind - The Truth About Self Harm - Black Girl Magic - Finally Proud of My Body - PLUS: The Muslim Ban: Un-American
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Why Activism Matters Now More Than Ever Now that Trump is president, the Mexican-American writer, who is outraged by his hateful language about “all people who aren’t white and rich like him,” begins attending protests to make her voice heard. [more]
I’m More Than My Grades Aishamanne is a fierce, informed debater of social issues and flourishes as a reporter on her high school newspaper. But she worries colleges will only judge her based on her average grades. [more]
With DeVos, Our Public Schools May Be in Trouble We now have a secretary of education who has no experience either personally or professionally with public schools. Damali reports on why and how this affects New York City teens. [more]
Book Review: <em>Dietland</em> As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society. [more]
Coming Out When Shakeva's mother doesn't embrace the news that she's gay, she feels lost. Diving into the world of LGBTQ authors, entertainers, and history, helps her feel more confident and connected. [more]
Dashikis and Dreadlocks When Aishamanne changes schools in 3rd grade, the new girls make fun of her dreadlocks. She begins exploring her historical heritage and learns her dreads are a proud "radical expression of my blackness." [more]
Speak Out: Teens write about President-elect Donald Trump Teens write about their concerns and fears about President-elect Trump. [more]
Movie Review: <em>Moonlight</em> Sedrick reviews the film Moonlight about a character he's never seen in a movie: "A gay thug, who is big and scary, but who expresses his feelings." [more]
View Me as a Human Being, Not a Terrorist After Yousef, a Muslim, faces ignorant comments from peers and his teacher about Islam, he speaks up. However, Trump's anti-Muslim speech stokes his anxiety. [more]
Homeless, But Not Hopeless Hoa writes about moving from shelter to shelter: “Experiencing homelessness is something no child should have to go through, but it’s made me sympathetic toward other people who are struggling." [more]
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