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Teen Ink 2: More Voices, More Visions

Teen Ink 2: More Voices, More Visions

by John Meyer, Stephanie H. Meyer

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The second edition of Teen Ink captures the essence of what it means to be a teenager through honest voices that reverberate with the emotional highs and lows of teenage years. It is a diverse collection of prose, poetry, fiction and art representing the compelling moments that define teens' lives.

Pieces for this book were chosen from a collection of


The second edition of Teen Ink captures the essence of what it means to be a teenager through honest voices that reverberate with the emotional highs and lows of teenage years. It is a diverse collection of prose, poetry, fiction and art representing the compelling moments that define teens' lives.

Pieces for this book were chosen from a collection of more than 300,000 submissions to TeenInk magazine, a nonprofit publication read by 3.5 million teens nationwide. Since its inception, TeenInk (formerly The 21st Century) has published more than 25,000 students. These young authors produce fresh, creative, honest and always compelling words that make TeenInk the standard for teen expression.

Subsequent books in this extraordinary series will focus on individual topics, exploring the extraordinary feelings and opinions of today's teens.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Teenagers themselves take the stage in Teen Ink 2: More Voices, More Visions edited by Stephanie H. Meyer and John Meyer. Short stories, poems and nonfiction, all published in Teen Ink magazine over the last decade, cover themes such as "Family," "Love" and "Fitting In." Black-and-white photographs and sketches (also by teens) liven up the volume. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The editors of the nonprofit magazine Teen Ink assemble another remarkable volume of poetry, short stories, essays, and photography entirely by teens. The best words to describe this collection are honest and provocative. The entries are, for the most part, refreshingly and brutally candid in expressing the deep corners of human experience—including the first kiss, friendships gone awry, death in the family, favorite teachers, and abuse in the home. Even the less well written among the entries deserves inclusion for the sheer strength and quality of voice. The book is divided by subject—Family, Friends, Challenges, Love, Imagination, School Days, Fitting In, Milestones, and Memories. Following the text is a list of contributors and short bios of each author or artist. Of note to readers are the submission guidelines that appear at the book's close, literally inviting teens to become a part of the sharing world created by the text. This well-conceived series that began with Teen Ink:Our Voices, Our Visions (Health Communications, 2000/VOYA April 2001) allows young adults a forum for their creative urges and offers adults rare insight into the minds and hearts of the future generation. With its considerable broad teen appeal, Teen Ink 2 is a highly recommended purchase for all public and middle school libraries. VOYA CODES:4Q 5P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Health Communications, 366p, $12.95 Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer:Stefani Koorey—VOYA, December 2001(Vol. 24, No. 5)
A good-looking, well-put-together collection of teen writing and visual art from around the country. Organized thematically, the work ranges in quality, but shows a wide range of student skill and interest. This collection will be useful to teachers teaching creative writing and inspirational for students interested in writing, but will likely need to be "marketed" to other students in order to be checked out. A good choice for reluctant readers—students love to read other student's work! Short biographies add to the accessibility of the collection. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2001, HCI, 366p. illus., $12.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Sarah Applegate; Libn., River Ridge H.S., Lacey, WA , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This second collection of personal narratives, memoirs, short stories, and poems gives meaningful glimpses into the private lives of young adults and shows their triumphs and struggles in their own words. Themes range from "Friends" and "Love" to "Challenges" and "Milestones." Each section has a mix of poems, fiction, and essays, and some works are accompanied by a photograph or drawing by a teen artist. All of the writings clearly express the emotions and experiences of the authors, and at their best, the pieces are eloquent and wise. There is a fairly even mix of boys and girls among the writers, but the subject matter and scenarios of most entries suggest suburban, middle-class students. Readers from more diverse student populations may long for greater cultural representation and more urban settings than are present in this collection. The illustrations and photographs likewise show little diversity, but they do complement the written pieces quite well. Libraries that can't keep Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul (Health Communications, 1997) on the shelves would do well to add this one to their collections. Perhaps its best use, though, is by teachers in their classrooms to show peer-written examples of these different genres.-Toni D. Moore, Simon Kenton High School, Independence, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Read an Excerpt

When Two Worlds Collide
by Gwen Steel

I was born in Minneapolis. The city is in my blood. But I live in the country and have been forced to cope. One thing I've always had trouble with is birds. How could anyone enjoy staring out the window for hours at these feather-brained creatures? My mother had always been one of those ridiculous birdwatcher types. She tried to raise her children with a respect for wildlife, but this had not been too effective with me.

One evening, a hummingbird caught my mother's eye. I'd heard the facts before: "One of nature's most fascinating creatures is the ruby-throated hummingbird. Its incredible wing speed allows it to hover in midair. Its miniature size . . ."

What made this particular "hummer" so odd, however, was that it had been sitting on the same perch, frozen in time for ten minutes like an icicle on a still winter morn. My mother got a stepladder and retrieved the bird from his perch. She inspected him. It appeared his tongue was paralyzed, and he was unable to drink the red liquid from the feeder. My mother handed the injured creature to me while she went inside for an eyedropper.

Never in my life had I felt as frightened as when I held that tiny life in my hands. Within the silky, smooth, green shell, the miniature heart beat so fast that I thought it literally might explode. I placed the eyedropper inside the long, graceful beak, and prayed that he would swallow.

At first, he only shuddered, but finally he managed to swallow. After a few minutes, he glided gracefully to the ash tree on the front lawn. Although it appeared that the bird was cured, something urged me to keep watching.

Within minutes, a second, slightly larger hummingbird appeared. He did not alight on the feeder, but instead hovered within a few feet of my face. He would fly to the ash tree, then back to me. It didn't take me long to realize that he was sending me a message, a sort of "S.O.S."

I crept to the base of the tree where I found the tiny creature's form quivering in the evening air. I slowly reached into the dewy grass to scoop up the bird. His feathers were damp now, his eyes closed. It seemed his heartbeat had slowed to a dull thud within his thumb-sized body.

"Please, please, be okay." He had asked me for help. Now he owed me a favor in return. I was asking him to stay alive.

It must have been a very tragic picture: a child, wiping her tear-stained face with her one free hand, while the other palm was cupped around a tiny, dying creature. Fate was taking its own course. It seemed hopeless.

The pulse from its heart was hardly recognizable, and the body was growing colder. Its throat, which moments before had been so brilliantly bright, was fading to a dull gray.

As a child clawed at the ground that evening, digging a grave for a creature she'd tried so desperately to save, she felt at first that she had proven herself correct: Her world and nature's were separate, not to be interfered with by outside forces. She had given all the comfort she could, but to what avail?

Yet she realized there are some things she could change and some she must simply accept. Either way, sometimes two worlds collide, and strangers must ask for, and be willing to receive, help from others.

Without this, survival is not only impossible, but meaningless.

(c)2001. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Teen Ink 2 - More Voices, More VIsions, edited by Stephanie H. Meyer and John Meyer. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Meet the Author

John and Stephanie H. Meyer are founders of The Young Authors Foundation, which publishes TeenInk, All royalties from TeenInk books are donated to this nonprofit foundation to further reading, writing and publishing opportunities for teenagers. Stephanie Meyer, editor of the book and magazine, holds masters' degrees in education and social work. John Meyer, publisher of the magazine, holds an M.B.A. and has published two successful business magazines.

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