What’s Your Summer Plans?

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Summer break is almost here. Have you been thinking about what you want to do over the summer? I have a few beach reads on my mind. Marie Lu’s book Champion, it’s the latest novel for the Prodigy series. I just discovered that she added another book to the series and it sound pretty good. I am currently reading The Last Boy and Girl on Earth by Siobhan Vivian. I’ll keep you posted on it.

In October the Young Arts competition deadline will approach and by December the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition will be up so why not use the summer to tweak something you are working on? I know. I know. You want to relax over the summer. No stress. A little a day goes a long way.

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Teen Writing Prompt 770

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I always enjoy reading the very first sentence in a novel. First words set the tone and allows us at the peek into the world that we’ve ben invited in. Below are the first words of a novel. Who is the character? What does she mean? Does she mean that the people she’s recounting are dead? What if they aren’t? What if they are not dead but gone? Write about the world of this character and what happens when she id gone too.

I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t. Blake is gone. Gunner is gone. Tish is gone. And soon I will be gone too…

Continue the story.

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Teen Book Review- The Young Elites by Marie Yu

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I just finished reading The Young Elites by Marie Yu. The novel is set in a time when swords are the weapon of choice and young girls are forced to wed by arranged marriages, and a families worth can be diminished when one of its members is considered a curse. The story beings long after the protagonist, Adelina has been cursed after she’s infected by an illness that killed many people throughout the world while leaving the survivors with “special powers”. The survivors are called “malfrettos” a cursed group of people that society fears and worships.

All Adelina wants is her father’s love but her father just sees her as the resaon for her faily’s misfortunes.  He sets up and arrangement with a wealthy man from town who plans on using her for her powers. Adelina escapes and is froced to face the dangers that her uncontroled powers release to those around her.  Adelina soon teams up a group of malfrettos called the Daggers, a rebel force that uses their powers to fight back against their oppresors. but even finds live with them complicated as she reveals the uncontrolable powers she poccesses.

The Young Elites is a complicated story with an intriguing protagonist. it has romance and great plot twists which will leaveyou wanting more. It’s part of a series and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Teen Writing Prompt 769

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Write an I’m sorry poem. Be creative and have some fun with the patten.

I also want you to turn that poem into a motion poem. Poem poetry combines poems with film creating something new and beautiful. Go to Motionpoem.com for examples.

 

I’m Sorry

I’m sorry that you wanted to see me cry but instead I arose like the Phoenix.

Strong and powerful.

I’m sorry that instead of making us crumble that we united and became strong.

Invincible and courageous.

I’m sorry you are so broken that the only way you can feel strong is to break me down.

Brave and Insightful.

I’m sorry most of all that in the past I allowed you to make me feel less than.

But now that will never happen again.

I

am

everything

I

Never

Was

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Teen Writing Prompt 768

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Here’s your teen writing prompt. Write a poem about something that gets you angry.

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What Can’t We Just Get Along?

Harsh words said to hurt another.

When we are all just trying to survive this thing called life.

Trying to find our place in the world when those words crawl under our skin.

And touch our soul.

Laughter, not with us – but at us.

Tearing us down.

Why can’t we just get along?

Instead of placing labels on those who are not sure how to even label themselves?

Or beating those who are weaker or less in number or with less power with our fists.

Why can’t we just get along?

When all of us just want the same thing.

Love.

Peace.

Security.

And a chance to fit into this world.

Teen Writing Prompt 767

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When I woke up I realized that they were all gone. Every single last one of them – the adults. I was beat, after staying up all night playing a video game with my best friend Malik. It was time to go to school by the time we finished our last game. I was in Ms. Dawson’s history class- boring. I felt asleep and was awaked my Malik nudging me awake.

” They’re gone. All go them,” he said as he looked at me. His eyes were red and I knew that just like he he had fallen asleep too just like everyone else in school who were playing the game all night.

What happens next now that everyone realizes that all the adults are gone. You can start your own story or use my beginning but the rules are the same. All adults are gone. What do you do? Finish the story and remember be creative and have some fun. cha-maquina-de-escrever-e-livros

Teen Writing Competition

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The Annual Signet Classic Essay Competition sponsored by Penguin Books is coming up soon. This year’s book is The Tempest by William Shakespeare. To enter this contest you need to review the five essay questions and select one.

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia.

Prize $1000 ( there are five $1000 prizes)

Deadline: April 14th postmark or April