Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction. The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide both original fictional short stories as well as the nonfiction accounts that inspired them. The contributing authors include Julia Alvarez, Karen Cushman, Margarita Engle, Dee Garretson, Nathan Hale, Matthew Kirby, Claire Legrand, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Linda Sue Park, Adam Rex, Gary Schmidt, Alan Sitomer, Caroline Starr Rose, Heidi Stemple, Rita Williams-Garcia, Tracy Edward Wymer, Lisa Yee, and Jane Yolen.
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Mike Winchell is a veteran English teacher and a secondary education curriculum specialist. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two children, where he writes middle grade fiction and edits middle grade and young adult anthologies.
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Table of Contents
Follow the Leader?: The Push and Pull of Peer Pressure
By Gary D. Schmidt 2
By Caroline Starr Rose 19
By Alan Lawrence Sitomer 30
By Claire Legrand 45
If Only…: Dealing with Regret, Guilt, and Sadness
By Julia Alvarez 63
By Linda Sue Park 76
By Lisa Yee 95
I Can't Believe You Did That!: Being Surprised By What Some People Do
By Chris Rylander 109
By Dee Garretson 123
By Nathan Hale 137
Sacrifice: Putting Others First
By Matthew J. Kirby 161
By Tracy Edward Wymer 177
By Jane Yolen 190
By Heidi E. Y. Stemple 192
By Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple 194
Why or Why Not?: Asking Questions About the World Around You
By Adam Rex 209
By Margarita Engle 220
By Kate Messner 231
Things Will Never Be the Same: Dealing with Change
By Rita Williams-Garcia 245
By Grace Lin 258
By Karen Cushman 268