Gr 5-7-This title on genre writing begins with a discussion of fiction writing in general. Types of characters, point of view, dialogue, plot, scene, and theme are all briefly covered. This information is followed by chapters on writing short stories, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, humor, and movie scripts. Finally, there are instructions for publishing on and off-line. The authors offer a good model for beginning writers, but they imply that it is the only model. Unfortunately, their instructions may be too general and vague for some youngsters and it's unlikely this audience knows the work of William Gibson or John Stith mentioned as examples in the text. (They are also unlikely to write "cozy" mysteries.) In addition, the writing is a bit dry and transitions are sometimes missing; paragraphs jump to different, albeit related, subjects without warning. Each chapter ends with suggested writing exercises and, often, tips on "How to Begin." Black-and-white somewhat juvenile cartoons and an occasional diagram illustrate the text. Despite its flaws, this volume will fill a gap in large collections needing material on writing genre fiction and movie scripts. Smaller libraries would probably do well to get a few copies of Ralph Fletcher's writers' guides.-Timothy Capehart, Leominster Public Library, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.