Written almost as a memoir of one teacher's quest to discover the best way to engage his fifth graders in a research based writing project, this book offers a step-by-step procedure for building student skills from the ground up. One unique aspect of author Somoza's approach is the liberal use of various media to stimulate his student's craft and attention in learning how to write about setting, character, and atmosphere. Music and simply created visual media are utilized to help students escape the classroom setting and let their imaginations soar. In the classroom, Somoza also reads "mentor texts," including those of adventure writer Peter Lourie, allowing his students to hear and experience how all these elements of writing come together. Occasional letters to student writers about the writing process, written by Lourie, are interspersed with the text. There is a comprehensive web quest following the text which provides the framework for students' exploration of a state of their choosing. This will assist students in creating realistic settings and comprises the research based part of their final adventure story. Examples of student work and specific resources and instructions for creating inspirational media round out this rich exploration of teaching writing in the later elementary grades. The process could certainly be adapted to other types of writing and this account would serve as an accessible and encouraging guide in any teacher's personal library. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.