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Author Klein, Cheryl B., 1978- author.

Title The magic words : writing great books for children and young adults / Cheryl B. Klein.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  808.068 KLE    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  808.068 KLE    AVAILABLE
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Description xv, 368 pages ; 24 cm
Note Includes index.
Contents Clarity and connection -- Experience and emotion -- Proficiency and practice -- Promise and premise -- Effort and flow -- Intention and invention -- Identity and choice -- Interest and change -- Power and attention -- Structure and sensibility -- Obstacles and negotiation -- Movement and momentum -- Person and personality -- Teases and trust -- Worlds and wonders -- Perspective and polishing -- Vision and revision -- Love and/or money.
Summary The best children's and young adult novels take readers on wonderful outward adventures and stirring inward journeys. In The Magic Words, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a dream agent. She delves deep into the major elements of fiction - intention, character, plot, and voice - while addressing important topics like diversity, world-building, and the differences between middle-grade and YA novels. In addition, the book's excercises, questions, and straightforward rules of thumb help writers apply these insights to their own creative works. WIth its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, The Magic Words is an essential handbook for writers of children's and young adult fiction.
Subject Children's books -- Authorship.
Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Creative writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
ISBN 9780393292244 (paperback)
039329224X (paperback)
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