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Brave the Page
9780451480293 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Language Arts / Composition & Creative Writing Aug 27, 2019
$18.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 7.75 x 0.97 in 304 pages BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
The official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects.

Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo’s central mission that everyone’s stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. With its first event in 1999, the organization’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

Huge platform: More than 300,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo in 2017! And hundreds of novels written during the challenge have been published over the years, including Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. The organization’s platform is enormous and expanding constantly, with over 250,000 Facebook likes and 172,000 Twitter followers.

Established educational reach: In 2017, more than 150,000 kids and 10,000 classrooms took part in their Young Writers Program (a word-count-driven event specifically for kids), and over 1,200 community spaces, including 1,000+ libraries, took part in their Come Write In program (an initiative to build vibrant writing communities). Inspiring creativity in children is fast becoming the organization’s primary mission, and Brave the Page is the perfect guide for curious young minds.

Original content from popular authors: Brave the Page will feature an exclusive introduction by Jason Reynolds, as well as original essays throughout from Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies).

Not just November: National Novel Writing Month takes place in November each year, so young writers will be looking for help and inspiration in its lead up. But many of NaNoWriMo’s programs run throughout the year, and there’s never a wrong time to buy this smart guide for young writers in your life.

Petite package: Its smaller trim and paper-over-board binding will give this a “handbook” feel—a gifty look that’s also durable enough to be thrown into a bookbag. The lower price point should appeal to educators as well!

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of the online literary journal 100 Word Story and the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, and Poets & Writers. He is the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo.

Rebecca Stern has experienced NaNoWriMo from every angle: she had her fifth- and sixth-grade students participate in the Young Writers Program when she was a teacher, did a victory dance in the 50K winner’s circle in 2014, served on the Associate Board, was their Director of Programs, and is now their Young Writers Program and Development Consultant. She lives in San Francisco.

Author Residence: Berkeley, California

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Praise for Brave the Page!

“Though specifically targeting young writers, this upbeat handbook is a wonderful instruction guide for writers of any age as well as a perfect text for any creative-writing classroom.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*“Stern and Faulkner lay out clear, detailed plans for each week of the month, identifying tasks to accomplish, questions to ask, distractions to avoid, and problems to solve. Although this is a realistic and practical guide, the authors consistently applaud their readers/writers and cheer them on, showing them that success is, in fact, always possible. This book is an ideal text to use with tween/teen writing groups in school and public libraries or in language arts/creative writing classes; but you should also have a copy on the shelf to hand to the student who is eager to write and ready for a challenge.”—School Library Connection, starred review

“The book’s strength lies in its humorous and conversational reassurance…[and] gives writers permission to figure out what works for them… In addition to offering emotional support, the book has enormous practical value. Fun writing exercises, ideas to expand setting and characterization, suggestions for keeping track of word counts, and strategies for approaching the editing process help to keep the writing on track while breaking it into manageable components. VERDICT This book is a fantastic reminder that writing is fun. A must-have for anyone participating in National Novel Writing Month.”—School Library Journal

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