I wasn’t going to go Olympic for this week’s Terrific Teen. Goodness knows there are enough terrific teens competing in London right now and they all deserve accolades. But I’m not really that into sports so I was going to avoid jumping on the band wagon. But who could resist 16-year-old Gabby Douglas? She shares my … More Terrific Teen Tuesday – Gabby Douglas
This might just be my favorite Terrific Teen Tuesday ever. Toronto area teen Yoonseo Kang graduated high school with a spot at the prestigious Univerity of Toronto awaiting him. Instead he decided to go live on a farm in the USA learning and developing ways of building farm and factory equipment from scratch. Crazy? Possibly, but … More Terrific Teen Tuesday – Stay Out of School!
Have I told you how awestruck I am by writers who publish in their teens? There are so many reasons to admire kids like this but my main reason comes down to something my husband bugs me about. “Output, not input” he says to me when he thinks I’ve been wallowing in my book pile … More Terrific Teen Tuesday: Teens who publish
In the United States, while you are reading this, a teenage girl will make a very difficult decision. This decision is what is best for her, but also, good science suggests, good for society. Somewhere in the world, about every ten seconds (it’s difficult to measure), a teenage girl makes this same decision – a … More Terrific Teen Tuesday: YA’s Last Taboo
This past weekend, when William Hickman found himself in a life threatening situation he did what any terrific teen should, he asked himself “What would Bobby Pendragon do?” William, remembering his fictional hero’s many dangerous escapades, kept himself feet first in the river current and aimed for the bank. He was able to grab onto … More Terrific Teen Tuesday – YA Saves!
Let’s face it, bullying is really a young person thing. I know adults bully and get bullied, but for most decent people, by the time we reach our thirties we’re just too damn tired to bully anyone, or to care when someone is being an a$$hole. When you’re an adult, you can often walk away. … More Terrific Teen Tuesday – BULLY and the BIG BAD LAWSUIT
There nothing especially terrific about this week’s teen, Misaki Murakami, whose soccer ball was found in Alaska after being washed away in last years’s Japanese tsunami. Murakami seems to be a normal boy, well, except he survived an earthquake and tsunami, I suppose that’s pretty terrific, for him anyway. But I love this story. I’m … More Trans Pacific Soccer Ball
Maybe you’ve all heard that a teenage Katy Butler is behind the changes in the rating for the documentary BULLY which opened in theaters recently. Originally rated R (for profanity) with a small tweak from the film-maker the film has scored a PG13 rating. What Katy and her supporters hope this means is that teenagers … More Terrific Teen Tuesday – Bully and the Bad Bad Words
So, recovering from St Patrick’s Day I think we can all agree that there’s a bit of the Irish in everyone. And no one knows that more than this week’s terrific teen, Drew Lovejoy. Drew, who need not commit to any racial or ethnic pigeonhole as far as I’m concerned, identifies as half African American … More Terrific Teen Tuesday – We’re All Irish Underneath
Seriously, what can I say about this awesome teen? Just out of curiosity, in grade nine, Angela Zhang started reading Post Doc level chemistry research papers. But she didn’t stop there. She wanted to try some of these things out, so she sweet talked her way into a professional research laboratory. But that wasn’t enough. … More Terrific Teen Tuesday: High School Student + Treatment For Cancer = WIN!