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!

A Review of Wonder

by Vanita Sharma

There are kids in my middle school, like in every school, that just don’t fit in with the crowd. Some are disabled. Some have a mental disorder or a facial disfigurement. They are hidden among the other children at school, camouflaged and unnoticed. Students don’t bully kids who are different at school, but no one

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Why We Should Follow the Ape Inside

by Sharon Lin

Warfare, murder, battles, hatred. If we glimpse at humanity’s past, we find an arsenal of evidence supporting the claim that humans are selfish, violent creatures by nature. After all, every civilization in history has been linked to a kind of violence, whether it be slavery, armed conquest, or depredation and inequality. This is why Frans

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The Award for Most Truthful Goes to…

by Misbah Awan

Do you swear to tell the truth,the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Does anyone ever say no?  Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel, by the American author Avi, is exactly that. It is nothing… but the truth. The novel is made up entirely of interviews and factual records, such as memos and diary notes,

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Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

by Krishna Rao

Would the average American teenager share many cultural similarities with an Amazonian teen? Probably not. The dissimilarities begin with communication. Daniel Everett, a missionary and linguist who lived with the Pirahã tribe describes the idiosyncrasies of one of the most isolated cultures in the world in his book Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes. Everett started

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The Thing Around Your Neck: A Review

by Caie Kelley

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck addresses the fundamental question: what is, and is not, the truth about a culture or a group of people? If we only hear a single dialogue about race, how can we better understand what is or is not “really” Asian, “authentically” American or, in

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Living in a Chemical World

by Grace Luckett

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan is a non-fiction book dedicated to exposing the chemicals used in beauty products and other chemically-based products. The author is the co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which tries to convince big cosmetic corporations to become more health and

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A Review of Cave of Forgotten Dreams

by William Lohier

One beautiful Friday afternoon while my brother was practicing violin with my mom, and the radio was blasting NPR, I sat myself down with a box of cookies and a Do-Not-Disturb sign on the door and prepared to watch Cave of Forgotten Dreams, directed and narrated by Werner Herzog, and produced by Eric Nelson and Adrienne

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Ugly: A Review

by Akash Mehta

Ugliness is a fascinating concept. For me, there’s one question that pops into my mind when I think about it: what makes us view a certain object as ugly? Perhaps it’s something to do with our evolutionary instincts; animal and human waste, for example, is generally ugly, both visually and in odor. Could this be

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A Brave Move

by Caroline Hochman

The movie Brave, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, is a riveting, comedic tale surrounding the ideas of fate, misunderstanding, stereotypes, and gender, hidden under the cover of another accursed, animated Disney princess film. It starts in what we assume to be medieval Scotland, with the king and queen of one of the four

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Media Lies: A Review of Miss Representation

by Gemma Laurence

Miss Representation is the most provocative and inspiring movie I’ve ever seen. This documentary film directed, written, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newson, explores how media misrepresents and degrades women. Short clips from movies and from advertisements are spliced into interviews and slides of fascinating statistics, creating a riveting film. The movie features both male

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