#914 – The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction by Laurisa White Reyes

natjunkfooddayToday is National Junk Food Day, as if we really need such a day. Well, despite my sometime love of chocolate—is that really junk food—you will not find one little scrap of pastry or bit of sugar on this site today. Instead, there is a wonderful guide for kids and adults, teachers and homeschooling parents. So, take you donut in hand and check out this awesome nonfiction writing guide for kids.

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kidsguidetowritingfictioncover The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction
Series: Kids’ Guides to Writing, Vol. 1
Written by Laurisa White Reyes
Skyrocket Press   4/01/2016
978-1-153051194-5
100 pages   Ages 10 +

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“We are all storytellers. Whether weaving mythologies in ancient times or describing the plot of a favorite movie today, humans have, since the beginning of time, loved to tell stories. In THE KIDS’ GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION, students explore the building blocks needed to construct a story: characterization, setting, perspective, plot, imagery, and dialog. They then use these building blocks to create their own stories.” [back cover]

Review
Laurisa White Reyes was the editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and is the author of several middle grade and young adult novels. She brings much experience to the table and teachers and homeschooling parents can count on her expertise. Reyes takes kids from start to finish on the basics of a good story, written well. She takes them through the process of finding and developing characters, along with the reason a good backstory for each character is not only helpful, it is essential.

With the characters in hand, it is time to think about the story’s setting and plot. How will your narrator tell the story? Will it have already occurred—past tense—or happen now—present tense? Reyes then takes kids through the meat of the story—the conflicts, and how the main character will change by story’s end. All are important to the story and need a lot of attention. To help along the way, Reyes offers kids a worksheet at the end of each lesson. These worksheets can make remembering and getting all the sections correct easy for kids overwhelmed by the writing of their first story.

While The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction may seem thin, Reyes leaves nothing out in her guide for kids. By following her guide, kids—and adults—can be on their way to the completion of their first story in little time. Homeschooling parents can depend on Reyes experience and teaching ability when using this guide in English and composition classes at home.

Writing a story and getting it published is all the rage today. With all the publishing options, becoming a published author is in reach of anyone with the willingness to learn. The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction is a good beginner’s guide to writing. I like the worksheets and the easy to understand examples using real stories. Writing a first fiction story can be a long process. Using Reyes Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction can take a lot of the sting out of your journey from first draft to finished manuscript.

THE KIDS’ GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION. Text copyright © 2016 by Laurisa White Reyes. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Skyrocket Press, Santa Clarita, CA.

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Reprinted with permission from THE KIDS’ GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION © 2016 by Laurisa White Reyes, Skyrocket Press.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

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The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction
Written by Laurisa White Reyes
Skyrocket Press 4/01/2016
9781153051195

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