Featured Young Writer of the Month: Lily Morton

By Lily Morton, 13 year old student

One of our favorite traditions on the Little Pickle Press blog is to feature a young writer on the second Friday of each month. Every month, we look forward to hearing fresh, young perspectives on the particular theme we are discussing. Today, we welcome 8th grade student and avid reader, Lily Morton, to talk to us about life as a young person. Little Pickle Press encourages any young writers with an interest in contributing to the Little Pickle Press blog to contact us!

It’s hard to say what I think of the teenage brain because I haven’t had to think about it that often. My mother, a second generation college graduate, tells me all the time that she doesn’t think I use my brain to full capacity. Most adults tell kids that and it doesn’t mean much to us because we’re so busy in our lives that we don’t consider it. But it’s hard and complicated living with our brains because, as I’ve just learned from reading a copy of The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, it’s constantly changing.

When I was 5 years old I had a brain injury in an accident while playing in the backyard with my brothers. I don’t remember it but we have a lot of pictures from when I was in the hospital and my hair was shaved. I had swelling on the brain called “edema” that made it important for my parents to keep an eye on me at all times. They stopped letting me play rough with my brothers who are both older than I am so I began to stay inside and read a lot. To this day, I am the best reader in my family and I have a freak accident to thank. 

As I’ve grown, so has my brain. We have pictures of the slices of my brain growth because I have to get checked out from my family doctor every once in a while. The pictures look something like this:


It wasn’t until I got to read the book by the doctors who wrote The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain that it is still changing and growing. I didn’t know that it did that! I thought that you got a brain as a baby and that it stayed the same except it got bigger as you grew. Since my accident was so long ago I stopped wondering what my brain was doing except when my mom says, “Lily! Are you using your brain when I tell you to do your laundry?” She says that because I always wash the whites and colors together in hot water. I said, “Mom you said that hot water gets clothes clean.” but I keep ruining my white t-shirts when I do that. Sometimes I’m thinking so fast that I don’t know what I’m thinking.

More teenagers should know and understand how our brains work. We think about how tall we’re growing and our changing bodies but we forget about our brains. Maybe they are more important than we think.

Thanks, Lily! Check out the latest publication from Little Pickle Press and Drs. JoAnn and Terrence Deak. The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain is available for pre-order by clicking here.




Becoming a Featured Young Writer

If you are interested in, or know someone who may be interested in, becoming a Young Featured Writer for one of our upcoming themes, please contact us with your name, some information about yourself/the young writer, and the theme/month you are interested in contributing to. Inquiries should be sent to [email protected](dot)com. Please title your email as follows: “Featured Young Writer.” We look forward to hearing from you!

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7 thoughts on “Featured Young Writer of the Month: Lily Morton

  1. After reading your post, Lily, I am going to make sure I don’t tell my kids to “use their brains!” I know I learned a lot when I read Dr Deak’s book as well, it is amazing how much there is to learn about our bodies that we don’t think about hardly ever.

  2. You are an excellent writer, Lily! In my experience, those who read the most and write the best have the potential to become great scientists… perhaps one day you will be a neuroscientist too?

  3. Thanks for your post Lily! You have a great sense of humor that shines through in your writing. I love the way you see a challenging experience (your accident and stay in the hospital) so positively because of the way it encouraged you to become a strong reader. From one avid reader to another, keep on reading and growing that tough and awesome brain of yours!

  4. An excellent message, Lily! I can tell you from experience that it’s not just teenagers that forget to think about and use their brains. Your post will go a long way toward reminding everyone about the importance of brain maintenance.

  5. Lily,
    I loved reading your story. You have such a gift for connecting your life to why adolescents should read this book. I wish we could be a duet on the road as I go to schools and talk to adolescents. Thank you.

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