- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596437375
- ISBN-13: 978-1596437371
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
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Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays: Your Favorite Authors Take A Stab at the Dreaded Essay Assignment Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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Gr 6 Up–Many students dislike essays for a variety of reasons, but this collection might just change their minds about the format. More than three dozen authors, including familiar ones such as Scott Westerfeld, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Ned Vizzini, tackle the assignment with a mischievous glint in their eyes. Their topics include first kisses, penguins, invisibility, and blueberries. Some selections are serious, some interesting, and all are entertaining. They are wonderful, clear writing examples for classes and include a great mix of persuasive, narrative, and literary writing. Students interested in diminutive pieces and those partial to short stories will find the book enjoyable as well. The pieces average five pages in length, and each one has a different voice that effectively reaches its audience. A unique volume, well worth the read.–Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The dreaded essay assignment reliably produces groans from students—and potentially squelches budding writers. This rigid essay format, whether in social studies, English, literature, ACT or SAT tests, or as part of college admission applications, has left some students in a pickle: how to follow form and still be creative? Enter Stern and Wolfe and this compilation of essays to help both students and their teachers. The editors have engaged 37 YA authors to each write one of the most popular types of essays: personal, persuasive, informative, literary, and even, in a few cases, illustrated with sketches or photos. The authors tackle typical thorny questions such as, “If you could change a moment in history, which would you choose and why?” or “Write about a time you helped make the world a better place.” In this valuable resource, the authors include research in their essays and sometimes make convincing arguments for something totally impossible. Best of all, they even bring humor back to this old, musty format. Grades 7-10. --J. B. Petty