Word After Word After Word

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Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class—bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories—word after word after word.

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Overview

Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class—bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories—word after word after word.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
MacLachlan (Edward's Eyes) delivers a strong, spare novel about the power of writing to transform. When a famous writer visits a fourth-grade classroom, she helps five friends discover how writing can help make sense of their lives. Many of the most humorous scenes emerge in contrast, such as when Russell asks about outlines and the author dismisses them, advice that clearly contradicts that of the frowning teacher ("Miss Cash closed her eyes as if her head hurt"). The writer's flamboyant enthusiasm appeals, but the five friends and their quiet, realistic journeys are the star, including Lucy, who "doesn't think her life is very interesting," except for sadness about her mother's cancer, and Evie, who longs to set up her newly separated father and invents a flirtatious character for a new neighbor, only to learn the woman is a nun. Fans of MacLachlan will recognize her work among the excerpts read by the visiting author. The writing produced by the characters effectively complements their development, and the novel's message that everyone has a story in them should inspire readers to explore that idea firsthand. Ages 8–12. (May)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This neatly crafted story is a textbook on poetry writing. Mirabel, a visiting poetry specialist in a fourth grade class, gives various reasons for writing poetry: to make life come out right, to see what one is thinking about, to discover what one is afraid of, or to solve a problem. The class learns the importance of place, characters, metaphors, and similes. The children write poetry about their life-changing events. Lucy's mother has cancer. Evie's mother left home. May's parents have decided to adopt a new baby. Russell's dog died. Henry has a happy home and wants to keep it. On the night for parents, the poetry by the children is on display and communicates the children's thoughts and feelings to the parents. Despite the emotional events expressed in lovely poetry, the story seems abstract and is not for the general reader. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060279714
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 137,495
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many beloved books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal, and her most recent novel, Word After Word After Word. Her picture books include Who Loves Me?, Three Names, What You Know First, and All the Places to Love. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Good

    It seems like a really good book so far but you never know!

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    Good

    This was kind of cute at times. Interesting as well. Liking the author's books. Her other series, Sarah Plain and Tall is also good. Something bout the writing. Cute cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    I love the books u write

    They r really good

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    Posted April 9, 2013

    Read this book

    I haven't read it yet :-P

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    Posted April 5, 2013

    Amazing

    This book is amazing to me and my family!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Word after word

    I really liked the book! It was exciting!

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