Familiar children’s and teen authors reminisce about the books that set them on their paths toward becoming writers.
For Simmone Howell, books were a road map for how to find romance. For Benjamin Law, they were the assurance that humor is buried in even the most tragic situations. For Brigid Lowry, stories were an escape from her chaotic and sometimes-tragic life. Whether inspired by classics like Dr. Seuss, Tolkien, or Dahl or paperback favorites penned by Francine Pascal or V.C. Andrews, authors talk candidly about their love of stories and how they changed their lives. Young would-be authors, ardent bibliophiles, and fans of autobiographies will enjoy the intimate look at the many paths that lead to writing as well as the many ways stories affect readers. While the list of authors leans heavily toward Australians and New Zealanders (editor Ridge is Australian), creators such as Shaun Tan and Markus Zusak are known worldwide. Pencil drawings by Tan as well as photographs of the authors when they were young are visually engaging. Short biographies are included, giving further background on each author. Somewhat limited in its appeal, this will likely be a favorite for those wanting a glimpse into the secret world of writers as well as a handy resource for book reports.
Candid and inspirational. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)