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Word After Word After Word
by Patricia MacLachlan

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Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class--bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories--word after word after word.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class--bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories--word after word after word.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060279714
  • ISBN-10: 0060279710
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • Publish Date: May 2010
  • Page Count: 128
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-10


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-05-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

MacLachlan (Edward's Eyes) delivers a strong, spare novel about the power of writing to transform. When a famous writer visits a fourth-grade classroom, she helps five friends discover how writing can help make sense of their lives. Many of the most humorous scenes emerge in contrast, such as when Russell asks about outlines and the author dismisses them, advice that clearly contradicts that of the frowning teacher ("Miss Cash closed her eyes as if her head hurt"). The writer's flamboyant enthusiasm appeals, but the five friends and their quiet, realistic journeys are the star, including Lucy, who "doesn't think her life is very interesting," except for sadness about her mother's cancer, and Evie, who longs to set up her newly separated father and invents a flirtatious character for a new neighbor, only to learn the woman is a nun. Fans of MacLachlan will recognize her work among the excerpts read by the visiting author. The writing produced by the characters effectively complements their development, and the novel's message that everyone has a story in them should inspire readers to explore that idea firsthand. Ages 8–12. (May)

 
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Changing lives with words

Why do people write? To express themselves? To reach others? To inspire? Whatever the reasons, five fourth graders in Miss Cash’s class are about to get the lessons of their lives—courtesy of visiting author Ms. Mirabel.

Ms. Mirabel brings with her not only a melodious name and ebullient spirit, but what she calls “magical words.” And BFFs Lucy, Henry, Evie, Russell and May are spellbound—both by having such an interesting visitor and by learning how to tell their own stories, word after word after word.

“I, myself, write to change my life, to make it come out the way I want it to,” Ms. Mirabel tells the kids. But she encourages them to find their own words and their own reasons for putting pen to paper.

One of the kids faces family relationship issues. Another deals with a serious family illness. All of them, however, share their stories underneath the lilac bush at Henry’s house after school. And that’s where the magical words fill their notebooks with the poems and prose that reflect their own lives.

In Word After Word After Word, Patricia MacLachlan weaves a gentle, funny story about five friends, their camaraderie and the words that ultimately stir each of them. Ms. Mirabel’s encouragement is a timeless—and well-stated—lesson in creative writing.

 
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