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Book Review: Forty-Cent Tip
Stories of New York City Immigrant Workers
author image Book review of a collection of immigrant stories compiled by students from three international high schools in New York City.

When I heard that Forty-Cent Tip was a collection of immigrant stories compiled by a group of students from three New York City International high schools, I immediately wanted to check it out. I came to New York from the Dominican Republic eight years ago, and I attend the International High School... [more]

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When I Told My Parents I Was Bisexual When Angie tells both parents separately that she is gay, they have two different reactions. [more]
Remembering the Terrorist Attack Near Stuyvesant High School After Ruby lives through the terror attack near her high school, she is motivated to play a more active role in the fight to end gun violence. [more]
Saying 'I Love You' in Spanglish As Natalie learns more English, the gap between her and her Spanish-speaking parents widens. She finds ways to both honor them and stay connected to them. [more]
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Growing Up Without My Father Natalie struggles with the death of her father. In exploring her grief, she finds that her father lives on in her memory. [more]
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How to Make the SHSAT Fair Yasmine weighs the pros and cons of the Standardized High School Admissions Test, the controversial exam that solely determines admission to New York City's best high schools. [more]
How I Learned to Understand My Mom Jessica’s mom is strict and she resents it. But when her mother tells Jessica about her life in the poor countryside of China, she sees her, “for the first time as a human being, daughter, sister, and wife.”
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From Artist to Art Teacher Volunteering as an art teacher in an after school program helped Anaiss discover her calling. [more]
Why I Only Wrote Stories About White People “When I tried creating black characters, it felt forced. I worried about creating racist clichés,” writes Savannah. [more]
Opening Up About My Anxiety Natalie struggles to control her anxiety and depression, but it isn’t until she seeks help from teachers, parents, and friends, that she’s able to access the resources she needs to feel better. [more]
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I’m White, Latina, and Proud to Be Both: I Don’t Have to Choose Gabby writes about her journey from feeling "ashamed of the dark body hair that I associated with being Latina and non-white," to being proud of her Ecuadorian identity. [more]
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