Write Away

What's happening in the Seacoast for and by teens.

My Little Brother

By: Annie Batchelder

My little brother,

His name is Tommy

Freckles all over his face.

I call him Tootsie Boy.

When it’s time for him to go to bed,

I kiss his nose.

He wipes it off.

But secretly I know he likes it.

He tells me freckles are angel kisses.

I guess lots of angels love him.

They kiss his whole face.

He can be funny.

He told me he wanted Daphne, from Scooby-Doo,

to be his girlfriend.

I laugh at that.

He’s already six.

But however old he is, he’ll always be my my little brother.

And I’ll always love him.

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My Little Sister

By: Annie Batchelder

My little sister.

Her name is Lucy.

I call her baby girl.

Even though she’s almost five.

I love it when,

she asks me to do girl stuff,

like painting nails, and doing hair.

Sometimes she buys clothes like mine.

And when we’re both wearing tanktops,

she smiles.

I love the way her eyes light up.

When you say something funny.

Her laugh fills the room,


She gives me hugs and kisses, which I like very much.

She is such a beautiful little girl.

I’m glad she’s my little sister.

And I love her very much.

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[Since I’m trying to encourage the teens to share their work, I figured it’s only fair that I share mine. Here’s my writing exercise in response to a photograph. – MF]

So everyone has something they’re good at, right? Some people are good at math. Some people are good at drawing pictures. Me, I’m good at hopscotch. Yeah, I know, it’s not exactly an in-demand skill. But I am good. I mean, I am like super extra fine delicious good. I throw that stone and then I’m hopping. One foot, two foot, leg behind my back, right down the line. Just totally out of this world. And I’m laughing, always laughing, when I’m hopping. The rest of the time, not so much, but on that hopscotch grid I am blissed out. Wanna play?

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A Summer Day

By: Annie Batchelder

Laying on the Hammock,

Listening to the birds chirp and the wind blow through the trees.

Seeing the clouds drift through the sky.

Smelling the sweet flowers in the garden.

Feeling the rope from the hammock press into my back.

Tasting the sweet lemonade that drips into my mouth.

This is a perfect summer day.

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By: Annie Batchelder

Lies, they’re just little stories to cover something up, right? Emma, Anna, and Mariah are three best friends. One night, Mariah convinces Emma and Anna to go somewhere with her. Somewhere they shouldn’t go. Their parents are wondering where they are. They don’t want to get in trouble, so they make up a lie. But what they say that night… they’ll regret.

Harmless was a really really great book. It’s by Dana Reinhardt. I read this book in one day. It’s one of those books you can’t put down. I would recommend Harmless for girls ages thirteen to fifteen. Overall this is a must-read book. I’d give it five stars out of five.

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

By: Annie Batchelder

How would you feel if you lived almost your whole life knowing a secret that your family doesn’t know? In 1964, David Henry delivers his own twins during a blizzard. The first baby, Paul, is healthy. But Phoebe is born with Down Syndrome. David, who expects Phobe to die young, gives her to Caroline Gill, a nurse. So she can take her to an institution. Caroline, however decides to raise Phobe as her own daughter. While David lives with his wife, Norah, and their son Paul. David’s family, however suffers from the secret David keeps.

I thought The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was a good book. The book was by Kim Edwards. I found this book challenging, and I’m thirteen. I would definitely recommend this book for mostly adults and maybe older teens. If you like books about families and their relationships, I would recommend The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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By: Annie Batchelder

Imagine if you felt like your dad’s babysitter. Having to watch him and make sure he doesn’t do anything wrong. Well that’s how thirteen year old Sam feels. Sam is a typical teenager, with her friends and her little brother Luke. But some things about Sam, most teenagers don’t have to deal with. Sam’s father, Patrick is an alcoholic. Sometimes he will come home drunk, or he will act destructive and hurt himself. Sam is seeking Advice on how to deal with her problem. She writes to a stranger in a library asking for help. Will anybody write back? Read the book to find out!!

I thought this book was really good. I would recommend it for girls ages twelve to fourteen. If you read Perfect by Natasha Friend and you enjoyed it. I would recommend Lush. Lush is also by Natasha Friend. I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Day at Sea

[At our last meeting, we used photographs as inspiration. Writers in the group will be sharing their stories, and we’ll get the pictures up very soon. finally! For now, check out Alex’s piece.]

Today was going to be a good day; I can tell. Its always a nice change for those Saturdays with nothing to do. The coffee today was French Vanilla, my favorite. Headlines of the paper looked good, especially the one that read Fishermen Luck Out With the Dozens of Lobsters Hitting the Seacoast. Reading that sent shock waves through my vanes. I had been waiting for the perfect day to go lobstering… I guess I found it.

That night, I was thinking about my lobstering that day.

It was a calm day on the ocean. A long day had gone by so fast. The boat was so small and it was a struggle to keep everything from falling off. Although it was such a small boat, I had to conserve lots of space because there were so many lobsters right away. I was getting kind of chilly in my quest because dusk was just above the horizon. A long days work did pay off in the end.

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Hello world!

Welcome to the Durham Public Library Teen Zone blog. Librarian Lisa Kleinmann and I (Megan Frazer) started this as a way for teens to share their views on the literary and cultural world around them. Stay tuned to hear what they have to say. It’s going to be great!

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