Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story

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Ready to build a scary story? First, you’ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer’s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you’ll be sharing scares like a pro!
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Overview

Ready to build a scary story? First, you’ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer’s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you’ll be sharing scares like a pro!
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Children's Literature - Patrice Russo Belotte
Shane and Lila walk their dog, Beans, in the park by their house all the time. Tonight, however, Shane wants to try a new walking trail that Lila does not remember having seen before. Reluctantly, Lila and Beans follow Shane's lead through a twisted, but short trail that leads to an old and abandoned playground. Even from a distance, the siblings can see the rotting and splintered wood of the teeter-totter, hear the rusty clinking of the chains on the swings, and feel the slow wind that blows the spider webs about on the merry-go-round. Curious and daring, the two venture closer and discover a scary playmate. Part of the "Writer's Toolbox" series, this storybook guides young writers through all the careful steps necessary to write their own scary story. Each page of Shane and Lila's story includes hints and steps to help young writers develop setting, character, plot, and imagery in their own story. A glossary at the back of the book helps define and keep writing terminology in order. When writing a scary story, careful planning is necessary. The reader must be as scared as the characters, wanting them to fight against fear and find safety once again. Unlike other stories, a scary story must leave the reader with a pounding heart, unsettled, and unsure of what happens. At the back of the book, the "Let's Review" section keeps all of the steps in order so the reader can create their own writing checklist. Finally, "Writing Tips" help inspire creativity and keep young writers organized through the process. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404857001
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Writer's Toolbox Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 417,824
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.
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