My little brother, Ben, is a zoo. You can’t move in our house without falling over one of his creatures. “Pets” he calls them, but they’re not proper pets like cats or dogs. He’s had silkworms, lizards, tadpoles, frogs, and stick insects. None of us knows what he’ll bring home next.
by Patt Ligman
I cautiously opened the door and stepped over the threshold of my apartment.
Ally uncrossed her legs and pushed herself up from the depth of her favorite leather chair. Tendrils of the hair piled loosely on the top of her head had escaped like tiny waterfalls over her ears, sliding down her neck and spilling over smooth shoulders. I looked into eyes the color of a turbulent ocean.
by Amy Emm
My counselor thought she was a step ahead of me. Her too-sunny office, with her Christmas-all-year-’round calendar, told me she was one of those super positive types. The kind who laughs when her umbrella turns inside out in the rain and who delights in pointing out the obvious. Sally. You couldn’t even say her name without smiling. It kind of made me sick.
I was rushing down the hallway after my last class, concentrating on dodging bodies, when someone caught my eye. Ben. Just the guy I wanted to avoid.
“Be at the usual spot in five,” he said, his thumb pointing the way. Kaylie, a sidekick—not a girlfriend—held up four fingers. I guess they had plans, and she was in a hurry.
by Rene Ohana
I drop a tired copy of Seventeen on the waiting room table in front of me, watch dust bunnies race across the linoleum floor toward the lopsided plastic Christmas tree in the corner, and wonder how much longer until I become a big sister. You’d think the waiting room in labor and delivery would be bubbling with pink and family. I guess not.
by Ellie Kirk
I knew something was up when I caught Aunt Marge emptying her closet.
Gram and Aunt Marge have been together forever. Dad told me they both drove jeeps during the Korean War—that’s how they met. When the war was over, Gram came home and married Grampa. I’m supposed to look just like him—short, stocky, dark hair, dark eyes.
Katie Beauvais is a self-described extrovert; she plays sports at her boarding school in rural Massachusetts, participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and volunteers at a local nursing home.
“I like to be around people and not just cooped up in my room all the time,” Katie said.
Let’s have a hoorah for the states that have and are in the process of legalizing same-sex marriage. The first to do this was Massachusetts. Its citizens have been enjoying the right of same-sex marriage since November 18, 2003. Just last year Connecticut followed suit in October, and recently there has been a rush of others wanting to join in!