The Magic Words : Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults
by Cheryl B. Klein

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More About The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein
  • ISBN-13: 9780393292244
  • ISBN-10: 039329224X
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds

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Books > Language Arts & Disciplines > Composition & Creative Writing - General
Books > Literary Criticism > Children's & Young Adult Literature

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

Klein, executive editor at the Arthur A. Levine Books imprint of Scholastic Books, serves as an insightful and thorough guide to writing fiction for children and young adults. She teaches readers to identify a books coreits primary reason for beingand examines character, plot development, voice, revision, and specific genres, such as speculative fiction. After covering the writing basics, Klein addresses the nitty-gritty details specific to the younger market, such as choosing an age for the protagonist that will appeal to ones audience, and insights into what YA editors are looking for (hint: no prologues). Klein also illustrates each section of her book with examples from successful childrens literature and includes frequent writing exercises. The book excels in clarity and usability: for example, it takes the reader step by step through the specifics of character development, which Klein separates into different components that include a protagonists compulsions, ethical values, degree of self-awareness, and tastes. She clearly knows the market and how to cut to the heart of whats important, and provides valuable and methodical guidance for any writer on how to shape a manuscript into a salable book. (Sept.)

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