Teenagers in The Times: November 2021

Teenagers in The Times: November 2021

Here is the November edition of Teenagers in The Times, a roundup of the news and feature stories about young people that have recently appeared across sections of NYTimes.com. We publish a new edition on the first Thursday of each month.

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Civics, Politics, Economics and Business


Science, Health, Technology and Sports

Athletes in a Ravaged Louisiana Town Try to Run Back to Normalcy

Hurricane Ida knocked down much of Grand Isle, La., but the town’s cross-country team is determined to compete in the state championship meet.

The Teenagers Getting Six Figures to Leave Their High Schools for Basketball

The new pro league Overtime Elite is luring young phenoms with hefty salaries, viral success and — perhaps — a better path to the N.B.A.

High Schoolers Barred From Hockey Games After Crudely Taunting a Goalie

After students at a Pennsylvania high school yelled sexually explicit chants at a visiting team’s only female player, the entire student body was barred from games for the rest of the season.

Underdog No More, a Deaf Football Team Takes California by Storm

The California School for the Deaf, Riverside, is steamrolling its opponents, electrifying a campus that has seen more than a few athletic defeats.

The First Family of New Jersey Football

Seventeen of the last 20 New Jersey state high school championships have featured a team coached by Mike Campanile or one of his four sons.

California’s High School Football Powerhouses Feed the College Game

St. John Bosco and Mater Dei, 24 miles apart in Southern California, don’t just funnel players to the top college teams. Increasingly, they resemble them.

Three Y.A. Novels About the Challenges and Charms of Growing Up

“Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World” (by Benjamin Alire Sáenz), “Bad Girls Never Say Die” (by Jennifer Mathieu) and “Himawari House” (by Harmony Becker) all explore, through very different approaches, what it means to grow up.

‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ Pursues an Awkward Education

The young stars of this new HBO Max comedy, cocreated by Mindy Kaling, discuss the mortification and messiness of undergraduate intimacy.

‘Cusp’ Review: Teenage Girls, Stuck With Shrugging Off Harm

What starts as a documentary about three Texan high schoolers becomes a look at the normalization of sexual abuse.

‘Prayers for the Stolen’ Review: Coming of Age Among the Poppies

Tatiana Huezo’s feature film is based on a novel about girls growing up in Mexico in communities terrorized by opium cartels.

How Do You Make Teen Comedies Today? Buy a High School.

A former school outside Syracuse, N.Y., has been transformed into American High, a production hub for inexpensive films aimed at streaming platforms.

‘Licorice Pizza’ Review: California Dreaming and Scheming

In his latest movie, Paul Thomas Anderson returns to the San Fernando Valley for a shaggy 1970s romp about a self-important teenage boy and a memorable woman.

On Their Small Shoulders Rest Some Big Films

Five children winning acclaim for their roles in “Belfast,” “King Richard,” “C’mon C’mon” and “The Tender Bar” talk us through their starring turns.