In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her tricks of the trade. She shows how you can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters—and much, much more.
She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck—and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.
With humor, honesty, and wisdom, Gail Carson Levine shows you that you, too, can make magic with your writing.
Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children's book authors ever. Now in this Who Was . . . ? biography, children will learn of his real-life adventures. A flying ace for the British Air Force, he was married to an Academy Award-winning actress. He also wrote books and screenplays for adults. Entertaining and readable, this biography has 80 black-and-white illustrations.
In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers.
With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot, and other key techniques to make a story come to life.
From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts.
This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.
To be a writer is not a choice but a life commitment and a spiritual activity to be experienced in a daily basis. Those that refuse the laws of creative writing will never write properly, easily or effortlessly, no matter how many techniques or good ideas they may have. But, throughout the chapters of this book, it’s shown the emotional cycle that all artists, especially writers, experience in order to fulfill their purpose. It’s explained here how writers travel between the spiritual and material worlds in order to make the connection that later allows them to express in any kind of topic, from self-help to science-fiction books.
Writers are powerful beings, capable to endure the most demanding of all tasks, and that’s why not everyone can be one. The difference between someone taking a lifetime to write one book and the one able to do it in less than a day, or even an hour, defines a measurement between the most capable soul and the less experienced.
To be a creative writer is, above anything else, related to spiritual conscience. The difficulties that this person, traveling between light and darkness, carries are what distinguishes him from other people. This book explains how it occurs and the steps that mature writers can identify with. This is also a book for all those that have lost the ability to write and wish to regain it, and for those that with to write more and faster. It is about the true and only important key to creative writing – the soul of the writer.
Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.
This book is full of practical wisdom to help young writers craft beautiful poetry that shines, sings, and soars. It features writing tips and tricks, interviews with published poets for children, and plenty of examples of poetry by published writers—and even young people themselves.
Perfect for classrooms, this lighthearted, appealing manual is a celebration of poetry that is a joy to read. Young poets and aspiring poets of all ages will enjoy these tips on how to simplify the process of writing poetry and find their own unique voice.
Have you ever wanted to captivate readers with a great opening, create spectacular and fantastical creatures, make up an entire country, realize a dastardly villain, write an epic love story, or make your characters leap off the page? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Gail Carson Levine can help you achieve your goals.
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine offers a behind-the-scenes take on writing and teaches you how to become a world-class author. Drawing from her popular blog, Gail answers readers' fiction- and poetry-writing questions and dives into how to make a story come alive. If you're interested in writing prose and poetry or just want to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will help you on your creative journey.
With her trademark humor and vast writing knowledge, Gail Carson Levine reveals the tricks of her trade, writer to writer.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
A brief, updated introduction explains how children's books evolve from manuscripts into bound books, the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.), and changes in the children's book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children's books.
Included are sections about books of information (and the author's responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, as well as a segment on children's literature blogs.
From Cover to Cover is an invaluable resource for all professionals who wish to write book evaluations that go beyond a simple personal response.