Word After Word After Word

Word After Word After Word

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An inspirational short novel for young readers about the power of writing by Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan.

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.

Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060279721
Branch Call Number: F MAC J
Characteristics: 128 p. ; 21 cm.


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Aug 31, 2016

This book about writing was beautifully written and a lovely story.

Apr 24, 2015

A well known author, Ms. Mirabel, comes to a fourth grade classroom. She shares her love of writing with the students and inspires them to write. A group of five children gather under the lilac tree at Henry's house and talk about life which inspires their writing. The kids are all going through emotional times. One's mother is recovering from cancer. Another's parents have split up. Another is expecting a new baby in her home. The children write and share their inspiring poems during class time with Ms. Mirabel.

As expected from Patricia MacLachlan this was an extremely inspiring, moving, and well written story. It was short, simple and to the point. It flowed well. She touched on these sad times in the children's lives without dwelling on the darkness of it all. She illuminated the power of writing.

The only difficulty is, I have taught fourth and fifth grade and this poetry is far more mature than anything that would be expected from 99% of this age group. When reading the story, I assumed the children were older. This book would have made much more sense if it had been set in a junior high classroom, especially with the mature way the children thought and talked.

Otherwise, it is a brilliant piece that celebrates writing for what it can do to make a difference and I highly recommend it for any age in grades 4 and up.

Oct 12, 2011

As greenacres and AFlora say, the voice sounds a bit older than the characters. Some of the things they say/write I wouldn't be able to think of! But despite that, I really like this book. It made me think. It's not my favorite book, but it's still good.

AFlora Dec 09, 2010

A nice idea for a story, but I was pretty disappointed.

These children were not believable as children. It felt like an adult speaking through children, and sadly the kids were uninteresting despite their personal emotional conflicts. This seems like the kind of book adults recommend to kids because they think it would do them good to read it.

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