Listening To Kids In America

Listening To Kids In America

by Rodman Philbrick
     
 

“Dear Mr. Philbrick, Why did you decide to become a writer for kids? Did you apply for other jobs but couldn’t get them?”
Nelveena J., age 12

Rodman Philbrick was the award-winning author of more than fifteen detective and suspense novels when, inspired by the lives of a couple of kids in his neighborhood, he decided to write a…  See more details below

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“Dear Mr. Philbrick, Why did you decide to become a writer for kids? Did you apply for other jobs but couldn’t get them?”
Nelveena J., age 12

Rodman Philbrick was the award-winning author of more than fifteen detective and suspense novels when, inspired by the lives of a couple of kids in his neighborhood, he decided to write a story for young adults. ‘Freak The Mighty’ has been read by millions of school children and was adapted into a feature film, ‘The Mighty’.
When an editor suggested that writing for kids would change his life, the hard-boiled detective writer scoffed. And then the letters began to arrive.
You’ll laugh (guaranteed) you’ll cry (maybe, if you’re slicing onions), but most of all you’ll be amazed by what the kids had to say, and how it changed the author’s life.

Rodman Philbrick’s latest novel, ‘The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.Figg’ won a Newbery Honor in 2010.

"What a novel consideration! Actually listening to students . . . their perspectives, their questions, their thinking. Consider the benefits of a word from our sponsors -- at the most, we'd garner keen educational insights. At the least, much needed levity for much maligned educators."
Anne E. Cobb, National Literary Consultant

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013420984
Publisher:
Rodman Philbrick
Publication date:
09/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
452 KB

Meet the Author

Rodman Philbrick has been writing novels since the age of sixteen. For a number of years he published mystery and suspense novels for adults. Two of his detective novels were nominated for the Shamus Award. ‘Brothers & Sinners’ finally won the Shamus outright in 1993.

In that same year his debut young adult novel ‘Freak the Mighty’ won numerous awards and was eventually made into the feature film ‘The Mighty’, starring Sharon Stone and James Gandolfini. ‘Freak The Mighty’ has become a standard reading selection in thousands of classrooms worldwide, and now has more than two million copies in print.

Philbrick’s young adult novel ‘The Young Man And The Sea’ draws upon his youthful experiences as a boat builder, and his vivid memories of growing up in a small town on the coast of New England. In 2010 his novel ‘The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.Figg’, set at the time of the Civil War, won a Newbery Honor.

Philbrick continues to write thrillers for adults. His latest, ‘Measure of Darkness’, will be published in 2011 under the pen name Chris Jordan. He and his spouse, writer and editor Lynn Harnett, divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys.

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