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Writing Radar

Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

9780374304560

Farrar Straus & Giroux
Available: 08/29/17
5.62 x 8.58 · 224 pages
Ages 9-12 years
9780374304560
CDN $24.99 · cl
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Jack Gantos

With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, award-winning author Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their "writing radar" to find story ideas in their own lives. Charting his own misadventures as an adolescent writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside dozens of Gantos's own hilarious illustrations and original stories. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who-many unwittingly-inspired Gantos's own writing career.

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages. His works include Hole in My Life, a Michael L. Printz Honor memoir; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist; and Dead End in Norvelt, a Newbery Award winner. The seeds for Jack's writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than she could. He began to collect anecdotes he overheard, mostly from eavesdropping outside the teachers' lounge, later including many of these anecdotes in his books. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. jackgantos.com