BRYANNA is fifteen years old, will turn sixteen in April, and lives in Chicago. She plays soccer and volleyball. She wants to go to cosmetology school after high school. Her best friend’s name is Sam. She’s also in this book. Bryanna loves school, but not the learning part. She has a heart tattoo on her right leg, as does her best friend. She loves meeting new people. Her favorite book is An Abundance of Katherines.
KAYLA is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in Chicago. She enjoys lame Twitter memes like “What in Tarnation” and dancing in the mirror while listening to music. Kayla loves to read, especially Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Kayla is lame and keeps a journal just to write random things and adds pieces of magazines to it. She enjoys family, friends, and flowers.
by Maria Villareal, 826CHI
by Maria Villareal, 826CHI
Students will exchange letters with students from different classes or schools. By listening to others’ stories and sharing stories of…
826CHI and the students of the 2017 Young Authors Book Project present their new book, P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust. Within this compilation of letters between 8th graders at Emiliano Zapata Academy and 10th graders at Amundsen high school, 62 teens reflect on their identities, share their hopes and anxieties about the future, open up about loved ones’ deaths, and swap K-Pop and Netflix recommendations.
by Jahruwach Hamilton, 826NYC
In this rousing poem, a student asserts her strength and worth as a woman.
by Arielle B., Grade 8
This poem invites readers to remember that people are often going through more than choose to show.
by Chelsea, 826NYC
An acrostic poem about the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Vanessa Ramon-Ibarra, 826DC
Living in the digital world can create unwanted attachments, as one student laments.
by Vivian, 826CHI
A narrative about loving to run—and learning to never quit!
by Cayden, 826DC
This poem lists all of the pieces that make up the writer's whole.
by Anjum, 826CHI
A shout-out poem to some things missed (Hyderabad) and celebrated (Mom).
by Aphra, 826CHI
A student considers realistic happy endings and the representation of LGBTQIA youth through the analysis of two webcomics.
by Jason, 826 Valencia
A student reports on the death of a college student from Bernal Heights, San Francisco, who neighbors believe was killed due to racial profiling.
by Angel, 826CHI
A student writes about the transformative experience of changing schools.
by Tala, Grade 10, 826 MSP
In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, 10th grader Tala asks essential workers what motivates them to keep going during these difficult times, offering her own views on hope for the future.
by Eva, 826 Valencia
A student celebrates the journey of discovering whom to love.
by Cindy, 826LA
A student compellingly argues that immigrants deserve respect and to be free of discrimination.
by Pia, 826NYC
A student reimagines food justice: Fruit Woman must convince Junk Food Man and Cheesecake Boy to eat their fruits and vegetables.
by Sian Laing
When Instagram becomes an unsightly battlefield.
by Natalie, 826CHI
Weaving together Spanish and English, a student shares the discovery of a family secret.
by Tammy Fong, 826NYC
A soccer-filled, feud-fueled memoir.
by Djeneba, 826michigan
A student’s manifesto!
by Curtis, 826michigan
A rhyming (inverse) ode to a very irritating noise.
by Elsy, 826LA
Song lyrics about memories of cake and pizza, friendship, and giving 1,000 opinions.
by Jiaxi, 826CHI
A student’s worldview is forever altered after a lesson on the Segregation Era and Jim Crow.
by Xaria, 826 Valencia
An argument against the wage gap that prevails in the U.S. and across the globe.
by Sabrin, 826 MSP
The written word is a powerful tool, and this poem shares a few reasons why the author continues to write.
by Jin, 826LA
This student says thank you to her Mom, her hero, for a life full love and beef noodles!
by William, 826LA
A teen discovers the power of books to transport him to another world, and shares his excitement about becoming a published author.
by Elizabeth W, 826 Valencia
Even though we may look different, we remain united with one another.
by Calvin, 826michigan
A student professes love—to a jalapeño!
by Mercury, 826CHI
A student explores the representation of LGBTQIA+ minorities and youth in US pop culture.
by Anthony, 826DC
This poem gives insight to what it's like growing up Black in America.
by Gilbert, 826LA
One teen writes a letter to his 14-year-old self, citing his past fears but looking towards his present, a brighter future.
by Dayana Alvarado, 826CHI
A student shares finding home in two places: Mexico and Chicago.
by David, 826CHI
A student writes about the smell, taste, and pace of their neighborhood.
by Kyla Edwards, 826 New Orleans
This creative short story explores a snapshot of what a future New Orleans might look like amid climate change.
by Savannah, 826NYC
Using dialogue and detailed description, this poet investigates whose voices are heard and whose voices are left behind when injustice occurs.
by Soraya, 826NYC
This student’s powerful piece reveals the essence of racial injustice.
by Piya, 826 Valencia
A demand to the public stop to buying ivory that seeks to explain the devastating effects of poaching on elephant and rhino populations.
by Aniah, 826 MSP
A student is lifted up by the dance of her ancestors.
by Reuben & Giselle, 826CHI
Two students write to each other about where they came from, what they love, and a few mishaps along the way in an exchange of letters.
by Renée, 826NYC
A persuasive letter detailing to the recipient the pointlessness of writing a persuasive letter. A helpful example for reluctant writers.
by Mariah Valenzuela, Minneapolis, MN
From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poet uses her voice to speak up for those who have been silenced in the indigenous community.
by 826NYC students
This collaborative poem explores the many sides and senses of laughter.
by Jazlyn Moses, 826 National
One student explores their online persona and the lasting importance of conscientious social media practices.
by Isabel, 826 Boston
From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poem features a student battling with the voices constricting her freedom.
by Kalyn Jackson, 826 New Orleans
Through this short story, Kalyn explores ideas of home and change in an altered world.
by Christopher, Bryan, & Jahir, 826CHI
In an exchange of letters, three students across one city share stories about where they came from and the places that matter most.
by Luciana, Grade 10, 826 MSP
In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a sophomore at South High School in Minneapolis gives thanks to Children’s Hospital employees.
by Jabari, Grade 8, 826 Valencia
A poem about wanting more from life.
by Pretty S, 826 Valencia
Glimpse into the mind of a student who considers artistic influences in her life.
by Ella, 826 Valencia
A persuasive argument for co-ed teams in the face of gender stereotypes, supported by results from primary research conducted by the author.
by Yazmine-Gizelle, 826DC
This poem uses a fundamental poetry technique, repetition, to share the writer's future plans.
by Shayne Williams
Discover what one student experiences when they tuck their phone away for a whole day.
by Joanne H, 826 Valencia
In this poem, a student’s experiences in two countries meld together as she seeks out her true home.
by Alondra, 826CHI
An epic story of a princess who seeks acceptance among the stars.
by Elizabeth W., 826 Valencia
A persuasive piece for women and girls to unite and cultivate a culture of body image positivity.
by Maggie Munday Odom, Kailua, HI
This poem personifies Earth as a mother coping with the brutalities of climate change.
by Jamie, 826 Valencia
A metaphorical poem about frustrations, from homework to homelessness.
by Cora B., Grade 8
This narrative uses nature imagery, to help the reader walk through a day in the speaker's shoes
by Rafael, 826CHI
A student remembers an afternoon adventure around town and explores what Chicago and community mean to him.
by Kaitlyn, 826NYC
A middle school student firmly protests the flavor and quality of her school’s lunches.
by Emmanuel J., 826NYC
An avid basketball fan discusses the rise of the Golden State Warriors through its individual players.
by Gabriela T., 826 Valencia
In this resolution inspired by the "Include Someone" lesson and Cartoon Network storyboard, we learn that inclusive leaders take action—they don't wait for others to make a difference.
by Jasmine J, 826 Valencia
A student reflects on her origins to deconstruct social borders and seize her boundless future.
by Johnny Vasquez, 826 MSP
A family interview reveals a mother's painful past and shines a light on her persistence.
by Henry, Matthew, & Santiago, 826CHI
A compilation of letters written by three students across one city filled with thoughts on books, sports, music, family, and musings on Valentine’s Day.
by Victor, 826CHI
An epic memoir about an epic volleyball match! Who will win: the teachers or the students?
by Jack, 826 Valencia
An argument against the overconsumption of sugar outlines the ways its effects are anything but sweet.
by Diego, 826CHI
On the funniest day of this student’s life…
by Marco, 826LA
A screenplay about a plane crash and an epic journey to Mexico, with a twist!
by Jonas K., 826 National
A student explores the paradox of how technology is used amongst teenagers.
by Sergio M, 826 Valencia
A smile isn’t always what it seems.
by Sharon, 826CHI
A memoir about finding true friendship.
by Itzel Medina Luna, 826 Valencia
In this poem from the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, a student walks through her neighborhood searching for hidden stories.
by Sebastian Cendejas, 826CHI
A student reflects on how much Chicago means to them.
by Rey, Grade 9, 826 MSP
Aliens give this student superpowers to help him fulfill his greatest dream.
by Lola, 826 Valencia
A poem that portrays the arc of a love story told through the gift of a cigarette lighter.
by Iliana, 826CHI
A student searches for answers in their community.
by Duanté, 826 Valencia
A personal narrative about race and identity.
by Calvin, 826michigan
A laugh-out-loud personal narrative about a crush. Has your heart ever beat so fast it might get a speeding ticket and a $500 fine?
by Kevin, 826NYC
An informational briefing on a horrible incident in the year 5176 that changed the hoverboarding industry forever.
by David & Daniel, 826CHI
In this heartfelt exchange of letters, two students bond over food, videos games, and some scary adventures.
by Arianny, 826 Boston
A poem that celebrates being Latino
by Jeff, 826CHI
In this piece, a student describes Christmas as a holiday best spent together.
by Tylor, 826NYC
A lean but essential checklist for readers to determine if they are awake.
by Jason, 826michigan
Making bottle flipping look like child's play, this piece outlines rules for the new, competitive Fantasy Sport "Pencils".
by Regina, 826LA
From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poem expresses the realization that a cage is not the only obstacle to a bird's freedom.
by Kevin G, 826 Valencia
This narrative calls us to see the world through the perspectives of others.
by Luis, 826LA
A rap song dedicated to the Marvel comic writer Stan Lee and his inspired creations like the Hulk, Deadpool, Iron Man, and The Fantastic Four.
by Ryker, 826michigan
Liner notes that showcase the meaning and musicality of the Jimmy Ruffin song “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
by Luis, 826LA
This student writes a letter to a hero with a sweet double kick: Jackie Chan!
by Isabella, 826NYC
This poet rejects judgement based on the color of one’s skin.
Amara, 826 New Orleans
An ode celebrating an important figure in this student’s life.
by Evelyn Escamilla, 826 Valencia
This poem uses metaphors and similes to describe happiness.
by Sharoya Bracey, 826NYC
In this memoir, the narrator recounts the struggle of being the bigger person in a very small space.
by Jazmine & Vanessa, 826CHI
Over a series of letters, two compassionate and resilient students develop a deep friendship sealed in writing.
by Khloe Fewster, 826 Valencia
This poem uses repetition to give advice for when you're feeling unsure of yourself.
by Charles, 826 MSP
A student reflects on his life, stemming from the life of his father.
by Luke, 826 Valencia
An essay shared in English and Spanish discusses the effects of global warming on penguins and their source of nutrients, krill.
by Sammie, Grade 9, 826 MSP
In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, a freshman at South High School in Minneapolis thanks care workers for supporting our local and national communities during this global pandemic.
by Steysi Hailee, 826LA
A student reflects on a small moment and single sacrifice that transformed her outlook on giving.
by Andy, 826CHI
In this memoir, a few friends bond over a rare Pokémon Go catch.
by Lesly, 826 Valencia
A sports poem about the losing blues.
by Fahima Dahir, 826 MSP
A poem about the strength and limitations of language and shared culture.
by Kiara, 826CHI
In this personal narrative, a student explores growing up young and black in Chicago.
by Mya, 826CHI
A piece packed with vivid description about taking risks at an ice rink.
by Sabrin, Grade 9, 826 MSP
In this letter from the Essential Words lesson, 9th grader Sabrin discusses how she feels both happy and sad, and thanks nurses nationwide for bringing her peace through their work.
by Roger, 826 Valencia
An essay in English and Spanish that traces connections between two movements in modern American history for the rights of people of color.
by Caroline, 826 Valencia
A student explores U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe’s decision to kneel in protest during the national anthem.
by Laila, 826CHI
A memoir about losing a parent—and a community’s support.
by Salome Maldonando, 826CHI
A poem about unrequited love.
by Navayah, 826 MSP
Through redefining a label, a student reclaims a piece of their identity.