Emilee Bell


Dependable, Intermediate, Young Adult, Authorship, Vocational Guidance, Creative Writing, Juvenile Literature, Short stories, How-to, Journaling, Coming of Age

Document Type

Book Review


Jack Gantos unlocks the secret of becoming a writer within the pages of this book. Instead of insisting that young authors have formal instruction in story construction, Gantos opens the eyes of the reader to the stories that surround us in our everyday life. As we observe what happens around us and write everything down that we think is interesting in a journal, Gantos promises we’ll have plenty of fodder for an action-packed, emotion-based story of a lifetime. Other tools such as mapping, drafting, and editing are discussed, but the book clearly emphasizes honoring self, keeping promises, trying, working hard, and trusting your gut.