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  • Series: Barron's Painless Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2.0 edition (June 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764142348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764142345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really. This isn't going to hurt at all . . .



If you hate having to sit down and write that class assignment, you'll change your mind when you open this entertaining and instructive book. It's filled with ideas on how you can express your thoughts clearly, enliven your writing with vivid images, and avoid the dull passive voice. Soon, you'll be constructing smooth sentences that flow together into lively themes which are fun to write and entertaining for others to read. As you progress through this book, you'll also enjoy answering the "Brain Tickler" quizzes that will keep you amused while they help you improve your writing style.

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High School Students



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I would highly recommend this book to help with writing skills!
Teresa L. Kirkham
I am not done going through this book but it seems to be worth the money till now,will be able to give a detail feedback once I finish the book.
Sathya
A book intended for high schoolers, but I read it as a 4th year college student and it helped me a whole lot.
Shane Ellis

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shane Ellis on January 17, 2010
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A book intended for high schoolers, but I read it as a 4th year college student and it helped me a whole lot. Reading and practicing this ten dollar book taught me more than any semester long college course ever could.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Reader on June 4, 2011
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Boys & Girls AND Ladies & Gentlemen: This book is a gem. The back cover says it's for middle school and high school students (and indeed it is great for them), but it should be studied also by adults and EVERYONE who needs to write. I learned a lot. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C Hines on October 28, 2011
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I gave this to my junior high age daughter to help her understand writing style. I am a writer by trade but I love it when someone makes the writing rules accessible. Even though it is written with the junior high/high school student in mind, it was refreshing to learn about writing style in a non stuffy way. A great refresher for anyone wanting to "bone-up" on their writing skills.

I have several other of Barron's "Painless" series - all highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sathya on December 4, 2010
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This book was recommended by a few friends of mine so thought of trying it.I went over a first few chapters and it's really interesting the way the author addresses in identifying the trouble spots.I am not done going through this book but it seems to be worth the money till now,will be able to give a detail feedback once I finish the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N.H. on March 28, 2011
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This book provides clear step-by-step instructions to write more effectively. It also provides examples to help cement the skills you learn. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to bolster their writing---whether you are a student or a professional!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laurence washington on December 22, 2012
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Love my book it has helped me so much that I am keeping it for my kids when they may need it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Recia on October 24, 2009
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This book is an excellent way to help with writing. I love the ideas and hints, and it has proven to be a very good teaching tool.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on January 6, 2011
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I usually wait to review a book till I'm finished, or at least half way through. I'm only through the first chapter of this book though, and I'm making an exception, because... I've been looking for a grammar book for over a month now and Amazon has precious few helpful reviews in this area! That's not Amazon's fault of course; apparently people aren't reviewing their books, and those that are aren't providing much depth. So I may well adjust this review as I read it through, but I want to help anyone else in my predicament.

This book is good, but at best what I see from the first chapter is a three and a half star for a few reasons: Rule after rule is run through in rapid succession, with no exercises till 4 topics (with sub-topics each) have been covered. The exercises at the end of the chapter have to be done outside the book (I know it's not a workbook, so I'm not deducting additional points for that, just letting you know). Finally, this is not a whole language approach, which all effective language skills need to be. The book is good, from what I see so far- just limited.

Other things you may want to know: This book is definitely meant for a middle school age group. It can be helpful to others, as any book can be, but it's apparent that it's meant for that age range. It's short and runs through quick (this can be good or bad, depends on what you want). Finally, it's really important to know that grammar instruction doesn't stick (anymore than listening to TV in Spanish once a week makes you fluent) unless you use it in it's real world context. Language is whole, and has to be taken as a whole in order to progress. To learn Spanish really effectively you would spend time reading, writing, and speaking in the language daily.
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