DEAR GREAT AMERICAN WRITERS SCHOOL by Sherry Bunin

DEAR GREAT AMERICAN WRITERS SCHOOL

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``WRITERS!!! TURN STORIES INTO DOLLARS! First lesson FREE!'' Bobby Lee Pomeroy, 14, of Twin Branch, Kentucky, sends off for lessons; it's 1944 and she makes the most of her life in a hick town by carrying around a notebook in which to record the spicy remarks of her neighbors. She's undaunted when the writing school sends the first lesson to ``Mr. Pomeroy'' and petitions them successfully to accept payment on the installment plan. Of course the lessons are a scam, but Bobby Lee's hunger for the world beyond Twin Branch fuels her one-sided correspondence with ``Sue,'' an editor from the school. In passage after charged passage, Bobby Lee proves she's way ahead of anything the lessons could offer and opens a window on her wartime life in the South. Her zeal carries readers along, even when the writing falters--it becomes self- conscious at times, and references to music and personalities of the 1940s will be all but lost on most readers. Still, this is a well-executed first novel, with a remarkable heroine and an arresting book cover to boot. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-395-71645-4
Page count: 168pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1995