GUY-WRITE by Ralph Fletcher


What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know
Age Range: 8 - 12
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Guys love writing as much as they love reading...when they can do their own thing.

Writer and writing instructor Fletcher offers a new writing guide with advice aimed squarely at boys. Most guys love to write, but they might not love writing what is expected of them at school. Fletcher starts by letting guy writers know that they are far from alone. He lets guy writers know it's OK to write what they love: humor, grossness, battles, fantasy and horror. And he counsels guy writers on how to talk with their teachers about writing what they love to satisfy assignments. Along the way Fletcher peppers the text with general writing tips and suggestions for ways to make all types of writing stronger and more enjoyable (for the writer and readers). There are interviews with adult writers for guys, in which the likes of Jon Scieszka, Robert San Souci and Robert Lipsyte all talk about their writing process. The black-and-white illustrations come from real (young) guy writers as do many of the writing samples. The final two tips—keep a journal and read to improve your writing—deservedly get their own chapters. Fletcher even includes a reading suggestion for each type of guy writing.

Encouragement and instructive pointers in a package guy writers will enjoy. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: July 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9404-6
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2012


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