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VOYAThis six-volume "You Can Write" series includes stand-alone titles about a variety of writing issues presented in an easy-to-read format. The titles not reviewed here include information about writing essays, business letters, speeches, and debates, and about the use of good grammar. You Can Write a Report provides a descriptive outline of report writing, including choosing a topic, researching, organizing the information, revising, and publishing. The steps are logically organized with bold headings to guide the reader. A brief section on evaluating sources includes a short paragraph about determining the reliability of Web site information. You Can Write a Story or Narrative begins with a discussion of the types of narratives and moves on to genre and character development. Conflict, theme, figurative language, and foreshadowing are covered in a separate chapter as tools for making the story more exciting. A short exploration of basic writing skills includes information on the parts of speech and sentence structure. Once a story has been written, the last chapter can be consulted for directions on writing query letters to publishers. Both titles include examples throughout to demonstrate specific writing skills, and they encourage good study habits such as research, developing outlines, proofreading, and rewriting. Although the graphic illustrations seem juvenile, the books would be used by middle through high school students. With the breadth of information covered there is little space devoted to each of the elements of writing, and therefore these titles would be best used to supplement classroom learning. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Forthe 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). 2003, Enslow, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 11 to 18.