LUCKY LITTLE THINGS
Eighth-grader Emma Macintyre could use some good luck. The popular kids at her school ignore her, the boy she likes is out of her league, and her best friend has been ditching her for the mean girls. Worst of all, her beloved Aunt Jenny died recently, leaving Emma and her single mom reeling with grief.
Then Emma receives a mysterious letter with no return address. The letter promises that ten lucky little things will happen to her over the next thirty days—she just has to make a list of what she wants. When the things on her list start coming true, she races to understand what’s happening. How does this lucky letter work? Who sent it? And what’s going to happen when the thirty days are done?
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LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU
Gladys Burke is a pro at fixing problems for other kids at her junior high. Sophie steals, Madison lies, Jasmine's cutting band practice, and Gladys is trying to keep all of them out of trouble. Meanwhile, her family has been falling apart, her best friend's in love with her, and the Vice-Principal wants to shut her down. She can fix everyone else's problems, but can she fix her own?
A selection of pieces that were published online
A piece from xojane about being an adult thumbsucker
A short memoir from The Rumpus about being a babysitter living at a girls home
A piece for Thought Catalog about being a white volunteer with communities of color
A sestina from McSweeneys
Another sestina on the Best American Poetry blog