Hi everyone! My name is Vicky, and this is my fourth year on the Teen Advisory Board. I love to read and talk—a lot! I am a junior at Lexington High School, and I am a member of the marching band. I play the flute and piccolo. Hanging out with my friends and family, shopping, and watching TV are only a few of my favorite things to do with my free time. I hope you like the newsletter!
I’m Down by Mishna Wolff
Based on the author’s life, I’m Down is the true story of a white girl who must figure out who she is in a place that she does not belong. She lives in a neighborhood that doesn’t accept her. All of the other kids tell her that she’s “too white” and that she needs to go somewhere else. When she finally moves out to live with her mom and attend a new “preppy, white-kid” school, she thinks her life will change. It does, but not in the ways she had hoped. She is not as smart as the other kids, and she seems to be an even bigger outcast. Will Mishna ever find something that makes her feel accepted? Will she ever find who she really is, or will she be stuck as the girl who has never known who she really is?
~Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors, so they don't know you're there.
~Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
~During the first few weeks of life, a babbling baby utters almost every sound of every known language.
~According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Shakespeare wrote about one-tenth of the most quotable quotations ever written or spoken in English.
~Elephants only sleep for two hours each day.
~King Louis XIX ruled France for 15 minutes.
~One hundred sixty cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world’s widest road.
~Maine is the only state in the USA whose name is just one syllable.
~The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
~A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a four foot tall child inside.
~$283,200 is the absolute highest amount of money you can win on Jeopardy.
~You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
~A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
~In Alaska it is illegal to shoot at a moose from the window of an airplane or other flying vehicle.