VOYABooks in this "To the Young..." series have identical handsome formats with a number of black-and-white photographs and clear, interesting writing. Each chapter features an adult happily working in his or her field. A few biographical details are given, but the emphasis is on the subject's career: the initial attraction, first jobs, and the rise to success. Lengthy quotes from the interviewees offer information on their careers and advice for a young person wishing to enter the field. The interviewees include women, people of color, and non-U.S.-born men. A boxed inset gives each subject's career highlights and "words of wisdom." The writer's book includes screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, who wrote the screenplays for Hoosiers and Rudy; novelist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; a poet; an ad copywriter; a music and film critic; and a sportswriter. Photos include pictures of the writers, scenes from movies and sporting events, and teenagers engaged in some aspect of writing. Interviews with a technical writer would have been a good addition, but this book is excellent as it stands, providing valuable information for would-be writers. Other titles in the series are To the Young Filmmaker, To the Young Environmentalist and To the Young Scientist. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Franklin Watts, 112p, Munat
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-A concise, practical, and accessible guide. The people interviewed include a screenwriter, a journalist, a poet, a fiction writer, an advertiser, and a music critic, among others. A range of topics is discussed including the thrill of reporting, editing, storytelling, and writing for student publications, different audiences, and from personal experience. Also included are tips for aspiring writers. Biographical sketches include profession, year of birth, education, and career accomplishments. This inspiring book offers a number of options for those considering the field. Each chapter has three to four black-and-white photos of uneven quality.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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