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Writing with Rosie

You Can Write a Story Too

Patricia Reilly Giff


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Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author PATRICIA REILLY GIFF shares her best tips for writing fiction with aspiring young writers.

In a humorous and entertaining guide, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author PATRICIA REILLY GIFF breaks down the process of writing fiction into steps, all while trying to cope with the constant distractions from her exuberant seventy-pound golden retriever puppy, Rosie. Citing examples from her award-winning novels she explains how to proceed with each step in chapter sections titled "Can You See What I Did?" Young writers can find the inspiration and tips they need to try their hand in sections called "Your Turn." Anecdotes from her writing life and hilarious adventures with her high-energy pet provide entertainment and encouragement.

Praise For Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story Too

"A step-by-step guide for young aspiring writers of fiction, featuring Giff's golden retriever, Rosie. In this loving and personal guide, Giff walks students through her own writing process, beginning with character ideas and moving on to cover plot, setting, dialogue, and more. Chapters like "Can You See How I Did It?" and "Your Turn" accompany lessons and challenge readers to give it their own go. For instance, readers are encouraged to think of a problem for their character and contemplate how it might be resolved ("If the problem were yours, would it worry you? Would you have to do something about it?"). While doling out the writing tips, Giff also reflects on Rosie, using the dog's antics to give the read a lighter touch." —School Library Journal

Holiday House, 9780823438822, 80pp.

Publication Date: July 17, 2018

About the Author

PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Lily's Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and Pictures of Hollis Woods, a Newbery Honor Book. Her works for younger readers include the best-selling Kids of the Polk Street School series and the Hunter Moran books.