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VOYAGetting one's name in print is good for college applications, resumes, and egos, according to this father-daughter writing team. To help teen writers achieve that goal, the Harpers offer chapters and features on a variety of subjects: writing outlets (such as local papers and blogs); article topics; workspaces; book publishing and agents; tips from pros; sample columns; "glances" at current teen writers. Because the book's focus is getting published rather than learning to write, its writing tips are mostly generalized-"get to the point." The book concludes with an extensive annotated webliography of sites accepting teen submissions or offering writing help (with six broken links). The index was missing from the review copy. This lively book is packed with useful information for the budding journalist and application/rTsumT padder, who seem more its target audience than the naturally passionate fiction writer (despite the overview of book publishing). In addition to being well written, the book is exceptionally well designed, with short sections and varied presentations maintaining reader interest. Two reservations, however, preclude a 5Q. First, when the authors remind readers that writing for its own sake can offer true satisfaction, it clashes with the book's premise and muddles the message, possibly providing a hedge against future complaints. Second, using eighteen-year-old Lizzie Harper's experiences as examples might misrepresent the common experience because few readers will have a writer-father to offer support, mentoring, and connections. These reservations aside, however, this book will be a useful addition for most libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marredonly by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, St. Martin's, 178p.; Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Rebecca C. Moore