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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!

Staying Alive: A Review of the Hunger Games

by William Lohier

After I first saw The Hunger Games movie, adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins, I could only describe it as “awesome!”  I watched the movie a few years ago with my friends and dad. On the way home all we could talk about was our favorite death. Mine was probably the multiple stabbings, shootings,

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Believing in Da Vinci’s Code

by Rachael Wang

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a fantastic mystery-thriller. It is a reflection on the darkness of human nature, depicting lies and betrayals, political power struggles, selfish actions fueled by pride and fear, and murder. But it is also a reflection on joy. Throughout the novel, the values of trust, family, and loyalty are strongly

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Heard Without a Voice

by Zeeshan Hassan-Andoh

Autism is a huge mystery. For several decades, scientists have been trying to understand the autistic mind. Parents of autistic children have written about their own experiences in the hope of helping others. Then there is the occasional book written by a person with autism, such as The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin who has Asperger’s

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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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