Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: 14 & Up
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Cicada fires youth imagination with artist and author interviews together with themed works by a mix of older and younger established authors and poets, teens and college students. Readers are invited to contribute to the magazine's "Week in the Life" segment by documenting seven days in their own lives as journal entries, a graphic novel, a play, a photo spread—whatever format they choose. A regular "Creative Endeavors" feature, introduced with contemplative observations by the magazine's executive editor, invites readers to submit work on specific themes. Past themes have sparked eloquent pieces about "Labels" (those we give to others, those given to us), "Memory," "Doorways" (opened and yet to be opened) and "Something Special" (those special moments that happen unexpectedly).

Shaped with flair, warmth and a sense of participation and discovery, this is one smartly conceived literary feast for teens and adults.

Lynne Heffley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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