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The One O'Clock Chop Hardcover – August 7, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 11
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805081437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805081435
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RALPH FLETCHER is the author of many books, from picture books through young adult novels. He also teaches workshops on poetry and writing. Ralph lives with his family in Lee, New Hampshire.

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SUMMER OF 1973. The newspaper headlines were all about the Watergate scandal. The Vietnam War had officially ended in January, but American planes were still dropping bombs nearby in Laos and Cambodia. There was lots of baseball news, too. Nolan Ryan pitched his second no-hitter; Hank Aaron hit home run number 700.
But it was Jasmine McKenzie who made the biggest headline in my life, a girl who happened to be my first cousin. I never dreamed that I’d fall in love with her when she visited us from Hawaii, but that’s what happened.

Jazzy loved all kinds of music: folk, pop, rock, traditional Hawaiian, big band, and jazz, too. She explained to me how jazz is different from other music. Many jazz musicians don’t play music that’s been written down ahead of time. In jazz there’s something called improvisation, where the musicians decide what to play right then, spontaneous, unplanned. They bounce off notes the other musicians play. They follow the spirit of the music, letting it carry them to a new place every time. They make it up as they go along.
I guess that’s what Jazzy and I were doing that summer. We were in brand-new territory, at least I was. I couldn’t fall back on what I knew about girls. With Jazzy I had to make it up as we went along.
Copyright © 2007 by Ralph Fletcher

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Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers around the U.S. and abroad, helping them find wiser ways of teaching writing.

Ralph's many books for students include picture books (Twilight Comes Twice, Hello Harvest Moon, and The Sandman), novels (Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, and Spider Boy), poetry (A Writing Kind of Day and Moving Day), and a memoir, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. His novel Uncle Daddy was awarded the Christopher medal in 2002. He has also written a popular series of books for young writers including Poetry Matters, Live Writing, and A Writer's Notebook. Ralph lives with his family in New Hampshire. He is a strong environmentalist who believes we all must work together to live in a more sustainable way. His other passions include travel, good food, dark chocolate, growing orchids, and sports.