HENRY is a fifteen-year-old from Chicago who is a sophomore. He enjoys participating in his favorite sports, which include swimming, running cross country, and competing in the Special Olympics, for which he holds an impressive two gold medals! Outside of school, he loves listening to rock music, cooking, reading, and practicing guitar. In the future, he would like to be a chef, like Gordon Ramsay, except without getting mad or yelling at other chefs!
MATTHEW is sixteen years old. He is a very strong person who loves dogs. At home, he lives with his brother Dan, his mom, and his dad. He also loves to read and ski. Other people like Matthew because they know that he is a kind, strong, and nice young man. He is also a good reader and writer. At school, he is a very hard worker every day. He was a person who got bullied at school a lot, but that is done and he is now very liked at school. Matthew is very athletic and
SANTIAGO is a shy student who likes to watch, play, and read about Star Wars. He spends his time playing Five Nights at Freddy’s. He is also a Minecrafter. He plays with his brother and friend. When he grows up he wants to be a video game maker or an actor. When he was little he was
a kid, he didn’t like to read. Now he has a lot of books he can read with his friends and family.
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 Renée, 826NYC
A persuasive letter detailing to the recipient the pointlessness of writing a persuasive letter. A helpful example for reluctant writers.
by Jazlyn Moses, 826 National
One student explores their online persona and the lasting importance of conscientious social media practices.
by Caroline, 826 Valencia
A student explores U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe’s decision to kneel in protest during the national anthem.
by Fahima Dahir, 826 MSP
A poem about the strength and limitations of language and shared culture.
by Eva, 826 Valencia
A student celebrates the journey of discovering whom to love.
by Johnny Vasquez, 826 MSP
A family interview reveals a mother's painful past and shines a light on her persistence.
by Kalyn Jackson, 826 New Orleans
Through this short story, Kalyn explores ideas of home and change in an altered world.
by Jack, 826 Valencia
An argument against the overconsumption of sugar outlines the ways its effects are anything but sweet.
by Luis, 826LA
This student writes a letter to a hero with a sweet double kick: Jackie Chan!
by Cayden, 826DC
This poem lists all of the pieces that make up the writer's whole.
by Mya, 826CHI
A piece packed with vivid description about taking risks at an ice rink.
by Iliana, 826CHI
A student searches for answers in their community.
by Vanessa Ramon-Ibarra, 826DC
Living in the digital world can create unwanted attachments, as one student laments.
by Jahruwach Hamilton, 826NYC
In this rousing poem, a student asserts her strength and worth as a woman.
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 Emmanuel J., 826NYC
An avid basketball fan discusses the rise of the Golden State Warriors through its individual players.
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 Tammy Fong, 826NYC
A soccer-filled, feud-fueled memoir.
by David, 826CHI
A student writes about the smell, taste, and pace of their neighborhood.
by Jin, 826LA
This student says thank you to her Mom, her hero, for a life full love and beef noodles!
by Ryker, 826michigan
Liner notes that showcase the meaning and musicality of the Jimmy Ruffin song “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
by Jiaxi, 826CHI
A student’s worldview is forever altered after a lesson on the Segregation Era and Jim Crow.
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 Rey, Grade 9, 826 MSP
Aliens give this student superpowers to help him fulfill his greatest dream.
by Soraya, 826NYC
This student’s powerful piece reveals the essence of racial injustice.
by Elizabeth W, 826 Valencia
Even though we may look different, we remain united with one another.
by Steysi Hailee, 826LA
A student reflects on a small moment and single sacrifice that transformed her outlook on giving.
by Kevin G, 826 Valencia
This narrative calls us to see the world through the perspectives of others.
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 Sergio M, 826 Valencia
A smile isn’t always what it seems.
by Natalie, 826CHI
Weaving together Spanish and English, a student shares the discovery of a family secret.
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 Anjum, 826CHI
A shout-out poem to some things missed (Hyderabad) and celebrated (Mom).
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 Maggie Munday Odom, Kailua, HI
This poem personifies Earth as a mother coping with the brutalities of climate change.
by Kiara, 826CHI
In this personal narrative, a student explores growing up young and black in Chicago.
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 Anthony, 826DC
This poem gives insight to what it's like growing up Black in America.
by Isabella, 826NYC
This poet rejects judgement based on the color of one’s skin.
by Curtis, 826michigan
A rhyming (inverse) ode to a very irritating noise.
by Yazmine-Gizelle, 826DC
This poem uses a fundamental poetry technique, repetition, to share the writer's future plans.
by Elizabeth W., 826 Valencia
A persuasive piece for women and girls to unite and cultivate a culture of body image positivity.
by Aniah, 826 MSP
A student is lifted up by the dance of her ancestors.
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 Jamie, 826 Valencia
A metaphorical poem about frustrations, from homework to homelessness.
by Sebastian Cendejas, 826CHI
A student reflects on how much Chicago means to them.
by Chelsea, 826NYC
An acrostic poem about the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Vivian, 826CHI
A narrative about loving to run—and learning to never quit!
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 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 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 Mercury, 826CHI
A student explores the representation of LGBTQIA+ minorities and youth in US pop culture.
by Jazmine & Vanessa, 826CHI
Over a series of letters, two compassionate and resilient students develop a deep friendship sealed in writing.
by Andy, 826CHI
In this memoir, a few friends bond over a rare Pokémon Go catch.
by Jeff, 826CHI
In this piece, a student describes Christmas as a holiday best spent together.
by Diego, 826CHI
On the funniest day of this student’s life…
by Shayne Williams
Discover what one student experiences when they tuck their phone away for a whole day.
by Arielle B., Grade 8
This poem invites readers to remember that people are often going through more than choose to show.
by David & Daniel, 826CHI
In this heartfelt exchange of letters, two students bond over food, videos games, and some scary adventures.
by Sian Laing
When Instagram becomes an unsightly battlefield.
by Victor, 826CHI
An epic memoir about an epic volleyball match! Who will win: the teachers or the students?
by Jasmine J, 826 Valencia
A student reflects on her origins to deconstruct social borders and seize her boundless future.
by Lesly, 826 Valencia
A sports poem about the losing blues.
by Marco, 826LA
A screenplay about a plane crash and an epic journey to Mexico, with a twist!
by Angel, 826CHI
A student writes about the transformative experience of changing schools.
by Alondra, 826CHI
An epic story of a princess who seeks acceptance among the stars.
by Xaria, 826 Valencia
An argument against the wage gap that prevails in the U.S. and across the globe.
by Cora B., Grade 8
This narrative uses nature imagery, to help the reader walk through a day in the speaker's shoes
by Cindy, 826LA
A student compellingly argues that immigrants deserve respect and to be free of discrimination.
by Pretty S, 826 Valencia
Glimpse into the mind of a student who considers artistic influences in her life.
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 Salome Maldonando, 826CHI
A poem about unrequited love.
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 Tylor, 826NYC
A lean but essential checklist for readers to determine if they are awake.
by Rafael, 826CHI
A student remembers an afternoon adventure around town and explores what Chicago and community mean to him.
by Aphra, 826CHI
A student considers realistic happy endings and the representation of LGBTQIA youth through the analysis of two webcomics.
by Isabel, 826 Boston
From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poem features a student battling with the voices constricting her freedom.
by Elsy, 826LA
Song lyrics about memories of cake and pizza, friendship, and giving 1,000 opinions.
by 826NYC students
This collaborative poem explores the many sides and senses of laughter.
by Calvin, 826michigan
A student professes love—to a jalapeño!
by Dayana Alvarado, 826CHI
A student shares finding home in two places: Mexico and Chicago.
by Charles, 826 MSP
A student reflects on his life, stemming from the life of his father.
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 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 Laila, 826CHI
A memoir about losing a parent—and a community’s support.
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 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 Jason, 826michigan
Making bottle flipping look like child's play, this piece outlines rules for the new, competitive Fantasy Sport "Pencils".
by Khloe Fewster, 826 Valencia
This poem uses repetition to give advice for when you're feeling unsure of yourself.
Amara, 826 New Orleans
An ode celebrating an important figure in this student’s life.
by Djeneba, 826michigan
A student’s manifesto!
by Sharon, 826CHI
A memoir about finding true friendship.
by Duanté, 826 Valencia
A personal narrative about race and identity.
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 Kevin, 826NYC
An informational briefing on a horrible incident in the year 5176 that changed the hoverboarding industry forever.
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 Sharoya Bracey, 826NYC
In this memoir, the narrator recounts the struggle of being the bigger person in a very small space.
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 Jabari, Grade 8, 826 Valencia
A poem about wanting more from life.
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 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 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 Arianny, 826 Boston
A poem that celebrates being Latino
by Kaitlyn, 826NYC
A middle school student firmly protests the flavor and quality of her school’s lunches.
by Byanna & Kayla, 826CHI
Two students across one city bond by writing letters to each other about the people they love most.
by Lola, 826 Valencia
A poem that portrays the arc of a love story told through the gift of a cigarette lighter.
by Jonas K., 826 National
A student explores the paradox of how technology is used amongst teenagers.
by Evelyn Escamilla, 826 Valencia
This poem uses metaphors and similes to describe happiness.
by Navayah, 826 MSP
Through redefining a label, a student reclaims a piece of their identity.
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.