Brave the Page
Book cover
A Young Writer's Guide to Telling Epic Stories
Author(s): Grant Faulkner
Publisher: Viking Children's Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9780451480293
Review

Motivated by their involvement with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Stern and Faulkner have penned a lively how-to guide for middle-grade writers undertaking major, extended projects. Following an introduction by Jason Reynolds, the book is divided into four sections—"Get Ready," "Get Set," "Write!" and "Now What?"—which clearly describe the writing process from finding ideas, to creating one's characters, plot, and world, to the actual writing of the piece, to final revisions and editing, all in just four weeks' time. The authors give advice about finding mentors in favorite books, setting goals and deadlines, establishing rituals and routines, overcoming obstacles and blocks, and repressing the "Inner Editor" which tells us, "You can't." At various points, well-known authors, including John Green, Marissa Meyers, Daniel Jose Older, Jennifer Niven, Danielle Paige, and Celia C. Perez, provide "pep talks" that encourage and inspire, confess and illustrate, as well as model and motivate the tweens as they progress. Stern and Faulkner lay out clear, detailed plans for each week of the month, identifying tasks to accomplish, questions to ask, distractions to avoid, and problems to solve. Although this is a realistic and practical guide, the authors consistently applaud their readers/writers and cheer them on, showing them that success is, in fact, always possible. This book is an ideal text to use with tween/teen writing groups in school and public libraries or in language arts/creative writing classes; but you should also have a copy on the shelf to hand to the student who is eager to write and ready for a challenge. Of course, librarians and teachers shouldn't be afraid to dive in and try it for themselves!

Reviewer: Marney Welmers, Middle School Librarian - Retired, Marana USD, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 6-8
Review Date: October 1, 2019
Product Description
The official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects.

Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo's central mission that everyone's stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more!
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 304
Price: $13.99
Genre: Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Self-Help & How-To
Entry ID: 2226406

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