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Lockdown

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by SHAYNA LENG (Singapore)

November 2021

Their shells pricked my fingers, the spikes digging tauntingly into my skin. 

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by AASHNA PAWAR (United States)

November 2021

It was the boys' table at lunch. They were all in my grade, some of them my friends. 

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by MAXWELL SURPRENANT (United States)

September 2021

I long for the day when lockdown ends and I can safely visit Evie again. 


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by FIONA MADSEN (United States)

April 2021

I am coming of age in a world that doesn't make sense to me. I will turn eighteen quietly, without a party, without my extended family. 

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by TULA SINGER (Cuba)

April 2021

The embassy called and approved our request to leave the country. So we packed our clothes and a couple of other essentials, leaving the rest behind.

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by AMALIA COSTA (United Kingdom)

August 2020

We come in droves, frothing at the mouth and baying for blood.

Our enemy invisible, stretched across the world like the taut skin of a drum. 

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by ANNA O'CONNOR (Ireland)

August 2020

I do not see the stars from where I stand

but I know they are there. 

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by SHERRY SHU (Canada)

August 2020

He scuttled furiously from beneath the undergrowth, pausing every few seconds to catch his breath. 

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by LIORA SCOP (South Africa)

August 2020

They say 7 billion people stayed home today

2.2 billion children stayed out of school

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by NEERAJA KUMAR (India)

August 2020

125 miles.

I never imagined they could be so close. 

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by MARIANA SANTIBANEZ (Mexico)

August 2020

As we turn into ghost towns and ghost stories,

I memorize the steps, the corners, the edges.