Some orders may be delayed by the current Coronavirus lockdown.
Visit our help page for further information.
Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop out and Craft Great Stories (Paperback)
  • Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop out and Craft Great Stories (Paperback)

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop out and Craft Great Stories (Paperback)

Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/06/2019
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, award-winning author Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their "writing radar" to find story ideas in their own lives. Charting his own misadventures as an adolescent writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside dozens of Gantos's own hilarious illustrations and original stories. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who - many unwittingly - inspired Gantos's own writing career.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781250222985
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 192 x 128 x 16 mm


"Never less than entertaining and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, [this is] a focused, fun, and uncommonly useful guide for young, aspiring writers." --Booklist, starred review

"A must for aspiring writers." --School Library Journal, starred review

"A standout among writing guides, valuable for its sage and friendly encouragement and for the sheer fun of hanging out with Jack." --Kirkus Reviews

"With humor and swift pacing, the author of the "Joey Pigza" books and "Dead End in Norvelt" spills all of his writing secrets about making stories out of everyday life. [Writing Radar] will probably make you want to read Gantos's stories as well as to create your own." --Washington Post

"Oh man! Do NOT read this book. Unless you want to become a real writer. Gantos has given up almost every hard-earned writing secret in his trademark sharp, funny, crazy, and brilliant way." --Jon Scieszka, Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

"When I was a kid, Jack Gantos visited my classroom and gave me encouragement that I'll never forget. Now, with this book, young writers everywhere will be able to learn from this master storyteller. What a gift Mr. Gantos has given to the world by taking us through his creative process." --Jarrett J. Krosoczka, New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady series

"This is my Book of the Year. I can't think of one I'd rather put into kids' hands. It is laugh-out-loud funny, poignant in spots, and it will teach young people how and why to write. It will be a life-changer for kids and for those of us who teach them." --Lucy Calkins, Director of the Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University

You may also be interested in...

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.