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Issue #266 (March/April 2019) issue cover
It's All Relative
Stories About Family

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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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When Angie tells both parents separately that she is gay, they have two different reactions. (full text)

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The writer explores the difficulties of living with two parents who can't stand each and often put her in the center of their rage. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Book review of a collection of immigrant stories compiled by students from three international high schools in New York City. (full text)

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Grace writes with humor and love in this story about her dad's idea to take her and her sister camping "to spend the night in the woods for no reason." (full text)

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Natalie struggles with the death of her father. In exploring her grief, she finds that her father lives on in her memory. (full text)

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After her mother's death, the writer is left with her father, an alcoholic who neglects her. She acts out and engages in dangerous behavior. With a helpful therapist, she turns her life around. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to previous issues. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)
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