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!

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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Interstellar: A Glimpse of the Future

by Chase Frey

Director Christopher Nolan brings a passionate, action-filled film to theaters. Interstellar chronicles the story of a retired astronaut on a difficult, seemingly endless quest to save the human race, leading him to difficult times and strange worlds. Set in the future, a character called Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a retired astronaut. He works on a

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A Review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

by Skyler Sallick

Close your eyes and envision what you ate for your last meal: whether cornflakes for breakfast, a turkey sandwich and chicken soup for lunch, or a juicy cheeseburger for dinner. Now try to pinpoint the starting locations of each aspect of the food you consumed. Challenging, isn’t it? Uncertainty about where our food comes from

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A Review of The Book Thief

by Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter

The Book Thief stole two hours of my life. Markus Zusak’s popular young-adult novel was adapted as a movie in 2013. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for this reviewer. The plot involves a young girl, brought by her fleeing mother to a foster family in Germany, where she falls in love with books. Although

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A Review of the Movie Spellbound

by Daisy Cohen

Sweaty hands, dry throat, pounding heart: these are the classic symptoms experienced by a Scripps National Spelling Bee competitor. Each competitor is reaching for that title — Spelling Bee Champion — while knowing that just one misused letter means their dreams will come tumbling down. Jeffrey Blitz’s 2002 documentary, Spellbound, follows eight pre-teens on an expedition

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Movie Review: Surviving Progress

by Maya Mesh

Imagine a world with burned forests, little drinkable water, and air so polluted it is unsafe to breathe. We only have one earth. If we continue the way we are going, this is the “progress” that we have created. This doesn’t seem like progress at all, does it? Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have progressed

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