Category: Non-Fiction

RACIAL REVELATION BY CAROL SEVERINO

When I got off the train at Valpo, I was surprised to see that my weekend hostess was an actual hippie. We hung out with her friends, sitting cross-legged on the floor of her tiny living room, smoking and drinking, talking about the war and civil rights, and listening to Jefferson Airplane.

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SPARKS BY HANNAH RAU

Mom goes to bed, and Dad stays up for a while. They tell me to go to bed. I know it shouldn’t be my job to protect us. But if the house catches on fire while I’m asleep, then it’s my fault. I should keep watching.

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ANNIE’S HERO BY SHARON L. BACHMAN

Strapped onto a booster seat, Billy fidgeted and kicked, struggling to get down. Annie giggled and drenched her plate in maple syrup. Mother, with downcast eyes and trembling hands, lifted a coffee cup to her lips. Father, reading a newspaper, sopped up runny egg yolk with a corner of his triangle-cut toast. I sat frozen, wondering when the bad man would burst out again.

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