Media

We invite you to read these Media reviews by teen writers for current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and welcome teen writers and readers around the world to submit their reviews to us!

The So-Called Elusive Art of Happiness

by Valerie Zhang

Is it possible to change your life without actually changing your life? Gretchen Rubin, in her book The Happiness Project, attempts to answer this question. The Happiness Project details Rubin’s year-long quest to amplify the happiness in her life. Each month, Rubin pursues a different set of resolutions, from taking time to be silly to

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A Feminist in Damar

by Ammarah Imran

The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley, is a novel about adventure and love. It is the story of an eager orphan girl, Angharad Crewe (also called Harry), who lives in an imaginary land called Homeland. Harry suffers from a vague restlessness, a longing for adventure that she tells herself is a result of reading too

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Hold Your Breath: The Force Awakens

by Samarth Jajoo

When The Force Awakens came out, a lot of my friends were talking about it in school. Not only that, I couldn’t even read the newspaper without noticing headlines which said that the movie was playing to full houses. I really didn’t want to watch it before seeing the other six Star Wars films, but after

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A Review of Beasts of the Southern Wild

by Mustafa Khan

In the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, six-year-old Hushpuppy resides in a poverty-stricken, desolate area known as the Bathtub, which is a fictional rendering of a southern Louisiana Bayou community. Having never left the area, Hushpuppy’s surroundings consist solely of violence and struggle. She lives with her father, Wink, an ill-tempered man with deteriorating health.

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A Review of The Giver

by Vanita Sharma

“Do you love me?” There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. “Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!” “What do you mean?” Jonas asked. Amusement was not at all what he had anticipated. “Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that

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Selma: One Battle on the Road to Justice

by Meher Kaur

In 1965, although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed, outlawing discrimination, racial segregation, and voter inequality, African Americans were still discriminated against on a daily basis and many were barred from voting. In the South, African Americans were threatened with ongoing violence and prevented from legally registering to vote. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. met with President

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A Review of A Time to Dance

by Ammarah Imran

When she was a child, a priest taught Veda to “feel Shiva’s feet moving” inside her chest, as her heartbeat. He asked her, “Can you feel Shiva’s feet moving inside you?” Inside, Veda felt the rhythms. Outside, she felt Shiva gleaming in the temple. Author Padma Venkatraman uses philosophical and spiritual narratives in A Time to Dance

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Electric Wind: A Review of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by Nathan Zhang

Imagine you’re in the middle of a haircut, when the power goes off. The barber says, “Come back tomorrow.”  This may never happen to us privileged human beings in developed countries, but in Malawi it is a common occurrence. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, is an inspirational autobiography

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A Review of Brown Girl Dreaming

by Meera Bhalla

With captivating and mesmerizing verse, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson speaks to the loneliness and out-of-place feelings that come with growing up as a black child. “I am born not long from the time or far from the place where my great-great-grandparents worked the deep rich land unfree dawn till dusk unpaid drank cool water

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A Review of A Step from Heaven

by Valerie Zhang

A Step from Heaven tells the fictitious story of Young Ju, a girl whose Korean family moves to America in the search of a better life. Yet Mi Gook, which means “America” in Korean, is not the heaven Young Ju initially believes it to be. Due to personal troubles and conflicting traditional and foreign values,

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