Melissa Sweet's Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White and the beauty of Middle Grade Novels ~ written by Mira Reisberg
She weaves in tons of quotes that either back up what she's writing or extends it so that the voice switches from Melissa's third person narrator voice and White's first person voice in his quotes and excerpts along with excerpts from his three delightful children's novels. Combined with the clever chapter headings, images, maps, family trees, and timelines Melissa has used her distinctive art collage technique with language and images to help inspire a new generation of E.B. White lovers while exploring the interconnections between his life, work, writing techniques and philosophies. I can imagine her laying out a timeline of his life and then her favorite quotes and excerpts and moving them all around before gluing down just like you do making a collage. It's a lovely image.
Lucky for all of us, this is an authorized biography, hence the richness of quotes and excerpts. It ends with a wonderful author's note, an equally lovely afterword from E.B. White's granddaughter and excellent back matter and reference information. I'm writing this from memory from my mum-in-laws where we go every Sunday but clearly the book had an impact on me. It has also inspired me to return to a middle grade biography that I'd put away for a while. Let's see if I can work on it during our Middle Grade Mastery interactive e-course that starts tomorrow!
I'm in such a place of middle grade mania that I wanted to share about why middle grade novels are magical - they are absolutely doable, even though picture book writers may not believe this. So much of the depth, information, art, humor, and concepts that Melissa was able to weave in would be completely impossible if she was limited to a picture book. So many great middle grade novels have been turned into movies and agents and editors are hungry for them.
This is why award-winning author Hillary Homzie and I created Middle Grade Mastery that starts today!!! Hooray. If you are feeling brave, click here to check it out. Registration ends this Wednesday at midnight for 2017!
Dr Mira Reisberg is a multi-published, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. She has helped and continues to help many children’s book writers and illustrators get published. Mira has worked as an editor, art director, designer, university professor teaching kid lit writing and illustration, as well as a literary agent. She has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on kid lit. Hillary Homzie is another award-winning creative whose novels are being made into movies and TV series. She also teaches at Hollins University. Both Hillary and Mira love teaching the unfolding magic of Middle Grade Mastery!
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.