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From the Publisher"Nilsen is among Bauer's fans, but she focuses on how Bauer creates narratives and characters that appeal to teens. Nilsen gives teachers of young adult readers, librarians and the readers themselves an illuminating interview with the author, a well-balanced critique of Bauer's short stories and essays on each of her eight novels (to date)….From Nilsen's assessment it is obvious that Bauer's topics, such as the trials and tribulations of learning how to drive in Rules of the Road, comes from the heart of a storyteller who is truly on the side of the kids."
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"Nilsen's book has a wealth of interesting information, including a lengthy interview with Bauer that is broken into topical sections, a discussion of Bauer's writing style, an examination of Bauer's short stories, and a chapter devoted to each of her novels….Students who want to contemplate a future in writing would do well to read the sections of this book in which Bauer discusses the background to her stories, the process of writing, how she creates characters and plots, the importance of humor, and the importance of nurturing a true love for writing. This book also provides a solid introduction for students to literary criticism….This book is a most appropriate and welcome addition for high school libraries as well as high school English teachers' classrooms."
"If you are a fan of Joan Bauer's teen books focusing on teen problems with a touch of humor and a dose of reality, then you will be interested in Nilsen's in-depth study of this author and her books. Designed for the librarian and teacher who wants to concentrate on YA authors in the classroom, at least some of the time, the book gives the teacher and librarian background enough along with normal Internet sources on this author to be able to do a great job including her works in classroom and library programs. You will find not only the normal biographical information and an interview with the author, but also essays describing and commenting on each of Bauer's principal works. Bauer has won a number of awards for her work, and so if you are a fan or you have teens who are, this is a good addition to your library."