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Author: Jack Gantos Narrator: Jack Gantos Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781427291226
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Newbery Award–winning author Jack Gantos shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book.

With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, Gantos instructs young writers on using their "writing radar" to find story ideas in their own lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos inspires listeners to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create and revise their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside Gantos's own illustrations, sample stories, and snippets from his childhood journals. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "A creative writing guide from one of the funniest authors we know. AudioFile Editor's Pick

  • With conspiratorial enthusiasm, author Jack Gantos assures kids that they can write great stories--the secret is being a good listener, tuning in to all the interesting stuff happening in the world around you, and writing it down in a journal. Kids will find in Gantos a funny, inspiring, supportive, and confiding teacher. Gantos's passion and excitement are infectious as he offers advice on mining daily life and interactions for story ideas and shares examples of his own stories from when he was a young writer. An accompanying PDF includes illustrations, word lists, and writing exercises. This audiobook is a valuable tool to use in classrooms and is welcome encouragement for any budding young writer. -AudioFile

  • “In an excellent guide for aspiring authors, Newbery Medalist Gantos distills his creative writing expertise into breezy chapters, emphasizing the value of keeping a journal—and using stories he wrote in his youth as proof. Gantos provides concrete examples for developing technique…While the book is directed at serious writers in the making, there’s enough exaggeration and grossness to keep readers laughing, too; no doubt, Gantos still has a few more tricks up his sleeve.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Gantos has taught writing for almost as long as he has been a published author, and it shows in this entertaining yet disciplined guide to the writing process…A must for aspiring writers.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Never less than entertaining and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny…A focused, fun, and uncommonly useful guide for young, aspiring writers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Advice on writing from one of the best writers around…A standout among writing guides, valuable for its sage and friendly encouragement and for the sheer fun of hanging out with Jack.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Among longlisted titles for Evanston IL Public Library Best Books of the Year, 2017
  • Among longlisted titles for CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, 2017

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About the Author

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.