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THE MYSTERY and ADVENTURE ISSUE
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Cover photography by: Andrea Corrona Jenkins www.hulaseventy.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Briallu Autumn Prairie
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Rachel, 14 Wisconsin And you, the reader!
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CELIA SUNSHINE founder, layout designer and beneath the stars editor.
REBECCA BRIALLU website editor, graphic designer and the garden editor.
AUTUMN PRAIRIE soil sisters editor, artâ€™monst ourselves editor and through the lens editor.
GUINEVERE ROMANI fashion frenzies editor, around the world and back editor and through the lens editor.
W elcome to our second issue of April & May magazine! This time around the theme is mystery and adventure. Throughout this issue (which is a generous 42 pages!) youâ€™ll find an interview with an illustrator (pg. 19), a recipe for pancakes (pg. 5), beautiful black and white photographs (pg. 13), an article on reusable water bottles (pg. 10) and, of course, loads more! Let the second issue begin! Love, Celia, Autumn, Guinevere & Rebecca
CONTENTS CONTENT MARKED WITH * ARE SPECIAL ARTICLES FOR THIS ISSUE ONLY
COV ER by ANDR EA CORRONA JENKIN S 1 THANKS 2 STAFF 3 ISSUE TWO
32 BENEATH THE STARS 34 MORSE CODE * 35 A GUIDE TO AN ADVENTURE * 37 POETRY
39 THE NEXT ISSUE – WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
5 SUGAR & SPICE
7 FASHION FRENZIES
HOPE Y OU’ VE ENJ OY ED
10 SOIL SISTERS 13 THROUGH THE LENS 19 INTERVIEWS - MISS CAPRICHO 22 ART’MONST OURSELVES 24 FICTION ADDICTION THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR 27 BOOK REVIEWS 29 AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK
SUGAR & SPICE (R E C I P E S)
“P E R F E C T” P A N C A K E S By: Jennifer Coco, age 11, New York, USA.
“This recipe is simple, easy, fun to make and who doesn’t love pancakes?! I like to add chocolate chips or banana slices sometimes. But really, practically anything will work if you want to add something special hidden inside.” –Jennifer Coco
W il l ma ke a bo ut si x li ttle p a nca ke s
INGREDIENTS 1 cup all purpose flour 1 ! teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 cup milk butter for the pan
DIRECTIONS In a medium sized bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then, stir in milk and the one egg. (If you’re adding other ingredients such as chocolate chips, fruit slices, nuts, or other things, then now’s the time to add them.) Make sure not to over mix the batter.
In a large skillet turn on the heat to medium (around 5 will work). Wait for the skillet to warm up a bit then add butter to the pan. With a spatula slide the butter around so it coats the pan, pour in pancake batter. When the pancakes start to have little bubbles in them, time to flip! Cook until the outside is golden brown and the middle a little firm. Serve with maple syrup and fruit (optional).
FASHION FRENZIES (F A S H I O N)
FASHION FRENZIES written by: guinevere romani ----------------------------------------------------Whether you've come across her as an actress, writer, magazine editor, or singer, one thing's for sure: Tavi Gevinson has style. Born on April 21, 1996, Tavi lives in Illinois and is a junior in high school. When Tavi was 11, she began a fashion blog called StyleRookie, which featured photographs of her in unique ensembles. Her blog attracted over 30,000 readers everyday. Soon, she was asked to be interviewed The New York Times, and was even invited to New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Since then, Tavi has written for magazines, traveled abroad for fashion, and has styled a shoot for BlackBook magazine, not to mention being included the Forbes' 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012. !
However, New York Magazine challenged her ability to write a successful blog without the help of a mother or older sister. Others have criticized her parents about allowing Tavi to attend fashion shows instead of being in school. In response to this criticism, Tavi has said, "A lot of people on the Internet have a problem with a young person doing well. I felt like, there were people who were [at fashion week] because of their name, their money or their family, and I didnâ€™t have any of those things."
In 2011, Tavi decided to turn her attention to things other than fashion, including magazine editing and acting. From her interests have sprouted Rookie Magazine, the online magazine for teenage girls, and her appearances in several short films, Cadaver and First Bass, along with the untitled, post-production film by Nicole Holofcener. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This month, take a look at a few of Tavi's striking outfits, and come up with your own Tavi-inspired outfit. Who knows? Maybe you'll be sporting a flower crown, a giant hair bow, or even a beehive!! ! EIGHT
â€œMY PHILOSOPHY IS FASHION SAYS "ME TOO," WHILE STYLE SAYS "ONLY ME." -LYNN DELL
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SOIL SISTERS (S A V I N G T H E E A R T H)
Photos by: Autumn Prairie TEN
SOIL SISTERS - REUSABLE WATERBOTTLES Written by: Autumn Prairie
Water covers more than seventy percent of
earth’s surface. It’s an important part of life. We all know the importance of hydration, but we’re also aware of the negative impact bottled water has on our planet. They’re also harmful to us. These plastic bottles contain BPA, or Bisphenol A, which is a hazard to our health. It has been linked with certain kinds of cancers and many other health problems. So what reusable option is best? Each material has its pros and cons. For most, it’s all about their personal preference. P l a s t i c is lightweight; ideal for toting around while hiking, biking, or traveling. Unfortunately, plastics can contain harmful chemicals that may leach into your drink. Like disposable bottles, these can also contain BPA. If you choose to buy a plastic bottle, look for BPA-free options. In addition, if you aren’t careful, the material could melt when exposed to a heat source, such as a dishwasher.
M e t a l is durable. It may dent, but it will stay intact. On the downside, I’ve found that this material often gives your beverage a metallic taste. Also, you can’t see through its thick metal wall. G l a s s is heavier and more fragile. In some cases, it’s also more expensive than other options. If you’re interested in a glass bottle but you’re looking for a thriftier option, simply rinse and reuse another beverage bottle. Many iced teas, sodas, and other drinks are available in glass containers. As an added bonus, it comes prefilled! No matter what material you choose, bottles come in a wide array of colors, styles, and brands, so everyone can find something that suits their taste.
Photo by: Autumn Prairie
We’re looking for reviews of reusable bottles! Tell us in a short review of the water bottle you have, what you like about (or what you don’t like about it!), also tell us how many stars you’d give it out of five. We’ll feature the reviews in our next issue. Submit your reviews to: firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to reading your reviews! –The April & May staff
THROUGH THE LENS (P H O T O G R A P H Y)
By: Guinevere Romani, age 16, Arizona, USA.
By: Guinevere Romani, age 16, Arizona, USA. !
By: Guinevere Romani, age 16, Arizona, USA.
By: Guinevere Romani, age 16, Arizona, USA. !
By: Guinevere Romani, age 16, Arizona, USA. !
Illustrations by Miss Capricho
April & May interviewed Swedish illustrator Marie
Klara (also known as miss Capricho). Marie Klara very graciously answered our questions about what being an illustrator is like! Her gorgeous illustrations are done with ink and watercolor. To see more of her work check out her website at: www.misscapricho.com/
Miss Capricho ! !
April & M ay (A&M): What inspired you to becom e an illustrator? M a r i e K l a r a ( M K ) : I've always had some kind of illustrated diaries but it was when studying architecture that I realized that I actually liked more to illustrate the projects than to solve them. A&M : When you'r e not illustrating, what els e do you like to do? M K : I like to play with my little toddler, go for long walks in the city, look for vintage textiles at the flea market, see friends, read books and bake bread. I hope that this year I'll have more time to do all these things. TWENTY
A&M : If you could t ravel anywher e, wher e would you go? M K : Chile. My love is there right now. Otherwise I'd say Japan.
A&M : Are t here t hings that you' d like to illustrate, but your never happy with how they com e out ? M K : I find cars really difficult. Mostly since I'm completely uninterested. I don't even have a driver's license...
A&M : Cake or ice cream , which is bett er? M K : Both! Cake in the winter and ice cream in the summer! !
A&M : Do you have a ny a dvi ce fo r gi rls who would like t o becom e illus trat ors ? M K : Follow your heart, show your things to the world and don't lose time doubting! ! TWENTYONE
A&M : Whatâ€™s your favorite seas on? Does it affect the color s you choose in your art? M K : I love autumn. Red used to be my favourite colour.
ART’MONST OURSELVES (D R A W I N G / P A I N T I N G)
Sophie the Unicorn, age 12.5, North Carolina, USA.
FICTION ADDICITION (WRITING / STORIES)
WRITTEN BY: Sadie Zest, age 13, North Carolina USA.
Wi Re nne & gion r of Wr a th itin l S e g A cho Gol wa las d K r d tic ey s! Ar t
My life is fairly simple. Every day, I sit in my spotless bedroom, perched primly on my pink satin stool, staring absently through the glass at the girl staring back at me. We have a lot in common, the girl and I. We have the same silky black hair, the same satinsmooth pale skin, the same icy blue eyes. We’re identical down to the last manicured fingernail, because, well, I’m her reflection. I don’t mind it, being simply a retelling of her perfect features; it’s a simple, easy life. I just sit there every day, watching her dab at her makeup, pout over every strand of hair, every eyelash, every miniscule imperfection. The girl is narcissistic, in a word. All she does is waste away in front of the mirror every minute of every day, staring at me, herself. I’m surprised she doesn’t just become a reflection herself. I’m sitting on my stool one day as I watch the girl work some kind of thick cream through her hair. There’s a soft knock on her door and a man walks in. He has thick black hair streaked with gray and he’s wearing a suit.
“Darling, won’t you come down for tea?” he says to the girl, who doesn’t look away from me as the man speaks. “Mr. and Ms. Rowling are joining us.” The girl rolls her eyes. “Daddy, you can’t expect me to see the Rowlings looking like this!” She gestures at me with her slender hand. “You look beautiful, darling,” says her father lightly. The girl crosses her arms, and I do too. “I’m not going,” she says, sticking out her lip and turning back to her reflection. I roll my eyes at her as she picks up her hairbrush and is once again absorbed in her own face. “You know, you can’t stay locked up in here forever,” says the girl’s father. “You’re still human.” “I don’t care,” the girl snaps. “There’s no point being out of my room if I don’t look perfect. Now go away.” “I’ll get you out of this room one day, honey,” says her father as he backs out of the room, closing the door behind him. “Rowling…” I hear myself mutter under my!breath. ! !
My empty eyes are unmoving for the rest of the day. My empty soul has no objection to this; I’ve never known anything else. All I’ve ever done is sit in my magnificent silver-lined oval and not care. I used to be more emotional, but any feeling I used to have has wasted away with time. I don’t care about myself, or the girl, or her father, or Mr. and Ms. Rowling, or the world. I have no feeling. No regret. No love. No life. There’s no need to. All I’m ever going to be is a picture in a frame. Or am I? One day, I wake up and feel my heart beating in my chest. I roll over in my soft bed and feel the warmth of the silk sheets. I open my eyes and see something that I couldn’t possibly be seeing from my mirror: the sun pouring through a large window from behind an ornate silver mirror. I sit up slowly and slide off of the bed. I feel the thick rug under my feet. I turn a slow circle in the middle of the room, taking in everything that I’ve never seen before. Vanity in the corner. Magazine rack behind the door. Bed against the wall. White nightstand next to the bed. When I finally reach the mirror in the middle of the large room, I gasp in horror. In the mirror is a girl. A girl who looks like me. There is a look of terror on her gaunt, oncebeautiful face. Her hair is tangled, her makeup smudged, her clothes dirty. She is clawing desperately at the glass of the mirror, trying to get out. I walk slowly over to the mirror and put my hand on the glass. It is icy cold, but it sears my skin where I touch it. I realize in a flash that the girl’s father was wrong; she could stay in this room forever. The girl in the mirror bangs on the glass frantically, but I just sit down on the pink satin stool and stare emotionlessly back at her.
P R I N C E S S A D C A D E M Y 2:
PALACE OF STONE
By: Shannon Hale ! !
Book Review by: Rachel, age 14, Wisconsin, USA.
I’m always reluctant to read sequels, because I’m terrified that the original will be ruined by the quality of the second. When I first found out that The Princess Academy was going to be continued, I was very skeptical. I now know that I had nothing to worry about. Palace of Stone is an excellent continuation of Miri’s story, and is inspiring from the first few chapters. Miri continues to be an excellent role model and shows true strength. Asland is a new environment for her to explore, and she manages to get tangled in the heart of the very obvious problems with the current political system. She encounters new love, and is torn between an exciting revolutionary and her best friend. The story is easy to connect to, and is very relevant to the current issues in society. The concept of change is always discussed, whether it be small or big. The government is constantly changing and making decisions that not everyone agrees with. Palace of Stone tells an inspiring tale of rebellion and how everyone has a voice. No one is ever alone, they might just be the only one brave enough to voice their opinions. ! !Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale is definitely a book I recommend. It’s motivational and inspires to dream of change, and then takes steps to achieve it. Girls of all age ranges will enjoy this series because it features a strong female character, love dilemmas, rebellion, and the promise of change. ! TWENTYEIGHT
! PRAISE FOR PRINCESS ACADEMY (BOOK 1) BY SHA NNON H ALE!
“Shannon Hale writes deft, lyrical, wonderful fantasy.” –Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe. “This is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale. . . .Instead Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education and the place we all call home.” -SLJ, starred review
AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK (G L O B A L)
W R I T T E N B Y: G U I N E V E R E R O M A N I
A R O U N D the W O R L D and B A C K ! ! !
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Greece is famous for many things, including white-washed houses and blue-domed churches, but there's so much more to this charming country. As one of the top 20 tourist destinations, people from all over the world are drawn to Greece. Its culture is rich in art, language, philosophy, and politics, much of which comes from way back hundreds of years ago in ancient Greece. The first inhabitants were a group of primitive people, now called the Pelasgians. Later came the Cycladic and the Minoans. In the Golden Age of Greece, from 1200 to 800 BC, numerous achievements in science, politics, agriculture, art, writing, and economics were made.
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Since then Greece has become an even more thriving place, with a population of 11,304,000 people. The climate varies quite a bit, from a 7-month-long hot, summer season from April to November (plenty of time to splash in the pool or go to the beach!), to a chilly, rainy period from November to April (Brrr!). Greece uses the euro ($1" 1#) as its currency. Of the 6,000 Greek islands, 227 of them are inhibited. And a whopping 99% of people speak Greek, which is considered the official language. 98% percent of the population is Greek Orthodox, while 1.3% are Muslim and another 0.7 are other religions. Its government is a parliamentary republic, and the entire country has a total area of 131,957km2. (Fairly small compared to some countries) But donâ€™t be fooled by the size, Greece is bursting with flavor, color and personality, just like this traditional Greek recipe! So tonight, try a traditional Greek dish: Greek salad!
GREEK SALAD SERVES 8
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1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
Add chopped lettuce, tomato wedges, cucumber chunks, onion slices, halved Kalamata olives, half the feta, and parsley to a large bowl.
4 whole ripe tomatoes, diced 1 whole (large) cucumber, diced into large pieces 1/2 whole red onion, sliced thinly 30 whole pitted Kalamata olives 6 ounces, crumbled feta cheese fresh parsley, roughly chopped 1/4 cup olive oil
Combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped olives in a bowl. Whisk together until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour dressing over salad ingredients, then add salt and pepper. Toss with tongs or clean hands. Just before serving, top with additional feta and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top.
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt ground black pepper
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I couldn’t sleep. Apparently my dad couldn’t either because when I walked down stairs he was putting on a jacket. I asked him where he was going. His reply was to go see the meteor shower happening outside. He asked if I wanted to come with him. With my polar fleece jacket on, I stepped into the 3am darkness. Everything was quiet and all of our neighbors’ lights were off. We were clearly the only ones awake. As I greeted my dad on the street, we looked at the stars, our heads locked to the glittering sky. It’s amazing just how many stars one can see in the suburbs when the lights are off. We wandered down the street until we found a place where we could see the most stars. It was cold out, and my cheeks were turning pink from the cold. As we looked at the sky, and our eyes adjusted to the darkness, all my worries and un-slept sleepiness blew away with the cold night air. The sky doesn’t look as full and wide as when out in the country- there it is like billions of little diamonds dancing to their own beat. But the suburban night sky at 3am is just as satisfying to a person who has mostly enjoyed a light polluted sky, like me. We spotted around 10-12 meteors (they look like shooting stars). And though it didn’t look like it was raining stars (which was sort of how I imagined). . .it was just as gorgeous. Being out there, on that winter night, watching meteors dash across the sky and fade into patches of nothingness with my dad. . .was something anyone would fancy. It’s something that only happens a few times a year. It’s something special. (And in a way, secretive when it’s three in the morning!) Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on your local news station’s website or other social media outlets for upcoming meteor showers. Then go grab someone, get out there and see the stars. You won’t regret it, even if you don’t spot many meteors because there’s nothing like it. Having a blanket of blue darkness above you and twinkling jewels surrounding your head, is exactly what I thought about as I pulled my blanket over me that night after watching the meteors. And something I still savor to this day.
MORSE CODE G RAB A FLASHLIG HT AND TRY T HIS FU N WA Y TO C O MMIN UC ATE! THE DOTS EMPHASIZE ONE QUICK FLASH AND THE LINES EMPHASIZE A LONGER FLASH
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So we’ve created a list of all you’ll need for wherever you go. Whether it’s to the mountains or just to the grocery store, try and have at least one of the following on hand. !
a guide to an adventure !
! ` Remember those days when you were younger and you would use just a paper towel roll as your binoculars? When all you ever needed was a fake cape, your blanket and a box of crayons to start an adventure? Some of these things are still crucial to have on an adventure- clothes, something to sleep on and something to draw/write with. There are even more useful tools when you may find yourself in unusual situations. !
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our must-haves for any adventure. Whether it be going to the grocery store or climbing a mountain top, try to have at least one of the following on hand! THIRTYFIVE
1. A Swiss Army Knife Swiss army knives are useful tools when it comes to adventuring, and everyday use! You never know when you might need it, theyâ€™re also easy to store in your pocket or purse. (Just make sure to leave it at home when you go to the airport!) 2. Bandana Wet it and can keep you cool. It can hold food and objects, or be a bandage if all else fails. To learn to tie a bandana, check out page 31 of issue one of April & May magazine! 3. Rope or Tw in e Very useful! 4. Notebook and Pen You never know when you may need to write or draw something! (Crayons work as well!) 5. Hair B an d In case of emergency, easily tie your hair back! Or, to make a quick slingshot with a stick and marble. 6. A Big Marble Good for a game of marbles if you have a big shooter, or (like seen as above) good for a slingshot. 6. Flash light Boom! The lights went out, turn on your trusty flashlight to help. A mini flashlight will also work.
BE LOUD a poem by: Sophie Smith, age 14, North Carolina, U.S.
Be loud Let your colors show Be loud Have everybody watch Throw your soul Let the wind pick it up Rustle in the leaves Because you are you Wade in the water Be loud Stay strong Put your smile on Be loud And move with grace Explode with light Have no fear Be loud See the world Be yourself Don't hide away Be joyous Because you are you Be loud
SUBMIT CONTENT TO THE NEXT ISSUE WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: • interesting fashion articles; • cooking & baking recipes; • your favorite constellation in the sky and why; • astronomy articles; • interviews • drawings and paintings (jpegs work, so about 500 x 500 pixels.) • book reviews; • ideas & articles for helping save the earth; • global recipes & articles about global places (best if you live there but you don’t have to.); • photographs taken by you (also jpegs work and 500 x 500 pixels also work.); • collages, poems, etc; • short stories (please make them at least 1,600 – 2,000 words, if they’re a little over they should still work though!); • and finally some content relating to the theme is always great! !
The Music Issue SPRING 2013 So we’re looking for stuff like. . . Book reviews with a musical theme/aspect to them; Recipes that make your taste buds feel like they could sing!; Colorful collages; Poems, stories and artwork that fit within the theme Music. SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
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