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Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors (Paperback)
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Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors (Paperback)

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Paperback 168 Pages / Published: 17/09/2009
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Our childhood experiences shape us into the adults we become. Born to Write tells the stories of how six extraordinary children transformed early struggles into spellbinding bedtime reading for kids around the world. To ease the pain of being ostracized by her classmates, Madeleine L'Engle escaped to an invented world every night in her bedroom. Lucy Maud Montgomery lost her mother as a baby and her father appeared only sporadically throughout her life. And Philip Pullman, a seasoned traveler by age 10, used his long journeys by ship as inspiration for his remarkable novels. In Born to Write, Charis Cotter chronicles the early lives of these and other much-loved children's writers, including Christopher Paul Curtis, C.S. Lewis and E.B.White, revealing how each author's achievements and losses, triumphs and tragedies, helped shape our most beloved books. Interspersed throughout are sidebars highlighting other well-known children's authors, such as Hans Christian Andersen and Louisa May Alcott, whose works served as inspiration.

Publisher: Annick Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781554511914
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 229 x 159 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Cotter perfectly captures the essence of the book culture of childhood and shares that with her young readers.--Sienna Powers"January Magazine" (11/14/2009)
Can be used to motivate children to dive into a good book or to spin their own tales. Recommended.--Harriet Zaidman"Canadian Materials" (11/20/2009)
[M]ature readers will gain the most enjoyment as they discover the backgrounds and inspirations of some of their favorite writers.--Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD"School Library Journal" (12/01/2009)
[An] accessible, thought-provoking, and fun-to-read volume.--Hazel Rochman"Booklist" (01/01/2009)
There's a lot to love about award-winning children's author Charis Cotter's Born to Write: The Remarkable Life of Six Authors... By drawing connections between her half dozen subjects, Cotter goes deeper than you would expect, illustrating how early experience can shape a life and push an individual one way. Or another... As well, Cotter perfectly captures the essence of the book culture of childhood and shares that with her young readers... Born to Write is a good and interesting book about books and the culture of reading. This is a good one to share with the youngsters in your life.--Sienna Powers"January Magazine" (11/14/2009)
Young readers will find presentation of the book appealing, with many colorful photographs and illustrations; however, more mature readers will gain the most enjoyment as they discover the backgrounds and inspirations of some of their favorite writers.... An excellent resource for reports and pleasure reading.--Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux F"School Library Journal" (12/01/2009)
Born to Write will interest children who imagine they could be writers. It may encourage children to think about the people and events around them, to extrapolate lessons from their experiences and apply them to their writing. The unhappy experiences that formed these writers may also show children who are facing personal challenges that they can survive them and use them in a positive way... Born to Write can be used to motivate children to dive into a good book or to spin their own tales. Who knows who might become the next remarkable writer? Recommended.--Harriet Zaidman"Canadian Materials" (11/20/2009)

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