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Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

By: Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos shares his advice on how to be the best, brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide for children ages 10 and up. Writing exercises. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780374304560

JLG Release: Dec 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Authorship , Vocational guidance , Creative writing

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Awards & Honors

ILA Teachers' Choices - 2018
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Children’s Nonfiction
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Informational Books for Older Readers
The Nonfiction Detectives, Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*

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Gantos advises budding writers to keep journals as copiously as he has done since his youth, and the idea of maintaining one’s own “black book” serves as a focal point for a broader writing manual. Writers should be good observers and listeners, always on the lookout for fodder, he suggests. (Snooping is encouraged, and Harriet th Gantos advises budding writers to keep journals as copiously as he has done since his youth, and the idea of maintaining one’s own “black book” serves as a focal point for a broader writing manual. Writers should be good observers and listeners, always on the lookout for fodder, he suggests. (Snooping is encouraged, and Harriet the Spy held up as a role model.) Gantos uses frequent anecdotes from his own life—both general and writing-specific—as examples of what writing things down has allowed him to remember and shape into stories with snappy dialogue, action and emotion, and evolving characters. The result is a guide that, while somewhat meandering, is both practical and entertaining, full of concrete writing tips and discussion of story elements and structure, and appended with three specific writing exercises. The funny, exaggeration-prone voice will be familiar to readers of Gantos’s other work, particularly the Jack Henry series (Heads or Tails, rev. 7/94; and sequels), whose stories he “took from [his] early kid journals.” Loose fountain-pen drawings both illustrate his points and, at times, advise readers, particularly in a chapter on “Story Maps.” shoshana flax

Book Details

ISBN

9780374304560

First Release

December 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

808.02083

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.1; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.3; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Authorship, Vocational guidance, Creative writing,

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