The 826 Quarterly, Volume 17

Overview


This is a very special issue of the 826 Quarterly, a more-like-twice-yearly publication containing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written by authors ages 6-18. This issue celebrates the 10th anniversary of 826 Valencia, an educational non-profit based in San Francisco, CA, and contains the best of the best student writing from across the last decade. This Quarterly has it all: short fiction from some of the first writers to start their careers in 826 workshops, middle school love poems in all their mushy and ...
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Overview


This is a very special issue of the 826 Quarterly, a more-like-twice-yearly publication containing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry written by authors ages 6-18. This issue celebrates the 10th anniversary of 826 Valencia, an educational non-profit based in San Francisco, CA, and contains the best of the best student writing from across the last decade. This Quarterly has it all: short fiction from some of the first writers to start their careers in 826 workshops, middle school love poems in all their mushy and yucky-ness, hard-hitting student journalism about mermaids and Martin Luther King, Jr., a teenager's view of growing up in San Francisco's Mission District. Themes range from the serious subjects that youth wrestle with, like coming of age, to forays into love and poetry about outer space. This issue also features a play about the president that gives great insight into high school life in 2003, another script in which Darkness helps a young girl, stories about horse books and silk pouches, and some 826 Valencia all-time favorites including letters to the first family. Complete with a forward penned by the elusive Lemony Snicket, this issue is packed with pieces guaranteed to inform, entertain, and inspire readers of all ages.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Love is like a soda.
You open the can,
it’s full of fizz, and it’s delicious.
After some time,
it tastes plain (like water)."
— from the book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934750377
  • Publisher: 826 Books
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous accounts and research have been collected and published as books, including those in A Series of Unfortunate Events, 13 Words, and The Composer Is Dead.

Emilie Coulson has worked with student writers at 826 Valencia since 2007. She is a teacher and writer, and in her current role as Director of Education, she works with a team of staff and volunteers to deliver free writing programs to Bay Area youth and publish their work in chapbooks, magazines, newspapers, and other publications.

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Read an Excerpt


The following excerpt is from a story written for the Story of Me autobiography workshop held in February of 2003. Like all of our workshops, this workshop brought students interested in a particular topic together for a series of classes taught by a talented volunteer teacher with expertise in the area.

That’s a Horse Book of a Different Color
by Carmen DeMartis
Age 13, Alice Fong Middle School

My next obstacle was middle school. Sixth grade came and went. And seventh grade was soon to come. An elite staff of teachers was hired to feed on their new naïve prey: us.

Since we were untrained in the laws of gravity, P.E. homework put our minuscule muscles to the test, while a strict Cantonese/math teacher drilled us on equations, characters, and mental math. At the same time, our Mandarin teacher and language arts/science teacher overloaded our brains with unnecessary facts and conversations. This was the first month of school. I am still shocked at how hard middle school was compared to elementary. We had way more homework and we had at least one test every week! Fortunately, I have finally adapted to the extra periods and the shorter lunch break.

Right now, I am thirteen years old, my lucky number is two, and I have a sad GPA of 3.29. I have two cats and two parents. Also, two good friends and two favorite classes. Two years of studying Mandarin and two rules to follow in life: 1. Always do unto others as you would have others do unto you. 2. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of being a second-rate version of someone else.

The following poem is from the fall 2012 edition of the annual sixth grade poetry project at James Lick Middle School, when more than 200 sixth graders write poems with tutors from 826 Valencia in their on-campus Writers’ Room.

Love Blah, Blah, Blah
JACKY CARRILLO
Age 12
James Lick Middle School

Love is like pizza.
You add every topping trying to make your customer happy.
They dislike it
like the smell of a hard rotten egg.
You feel like trash.

Love is like a dream
that turns into a nightmare.
You see everything in the color pink
and you love it.
Then everything turns black and scary.
Then you can never remember how good you felt
before the “dream.”

Love is like a roller coaster.
You feel excited on the way up and terrified on the way back down,
even though you think you have the guts
to go through anything.

Love is like a soda.
You open the can,
it’s full of fizz, and it’s delicious.
After some time,
it tastes plain (like water).

Remember, it isn’t a game.
It’s destiny.
Love can be amazing
depending on who you share it with.

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