“Ryan’s Yard” By Mitch Carver

         “You know if we stare up at the sky too long we’ll float away, right?”          “Shut up, Ryan.”          “No, really. My Uncle John told me that. He said if you lay on your back and look up at the sky — but it has to be a really clear blue sky with, like, hardly any …

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“Termites” By Ken Kakareka

            I live in an old building. Jose is our handyman whenever there’s a problem. This time it was termites. Last summer they were a problem too, but my landlord, Jorges, patched it up. That’s all he ever does is patch things up. The termites were back again this summer in mass droppings near one …

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“The Sex Puzzle” By Kevin Freeman

"Do it!" whispered Jon. I glanced up the aisle, shelves filled with trinkets and toys. The local stationary store resembled a carnival midway, with colorful concessions as far as the eye could see. For months we had shoplifted here; small tokens of bravery from Matchbox cars to key chains. None had any real value to …

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I Was Told That High School Was the Final Frontier” By Mary Cartwright

It’s the time of revisions like self-confidence from the open slip n’ slide across my teeth, freed from those gates. Losing the little bumps scattered like a graveyard of self-esteem on the chin that Momma says don't pick and it’s gonna leave a mark. Revisions like the two mounds that get all the stares. I …

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“Multiple Choice” By Hannah Laudermilch

I feel my breathing get faster as I sit down at one of the long tables in an otherwise empty room and look at the white, stapled packet in front of me. I read the instructions: “After each presented scenario, circle the best response.” 1. Your plans to get smoothies with your brother fall through. …

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“Ten Stories to Manhood” – Exploring a Journey to Manhood That Isn’t Just for Men!

Taylor's Thoughts on Ten Stories to Manhood After tearing open the yellow shipping envelope and reading the title, I thought to myself, Crap, how am I supposed to review this when I'm probably not going to relate to anything in it? It was one of those "This wasn't made for you!" moments, but the author, Jonathan Maniscalco, …

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