Monday, November 02, 2015
MMGM- Been There, Done That
It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and What Are You Reading? day at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. It's also Nonfiction Monday.
Winchell, Mike., ed., Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life
November 3rd 2015 by Grosset & Dunlap
ARC from publisher
When Mr. Winchell first approached me about a book he was considering, he mentioned that it would align well with Common Core standards, since there is a push toward nonfiction. This collection is a nice mix; as the title says, a variety of middle grade authors give an account of a real life experience they had, and then write a short story that has its genesis in their own life. Most of these are realistic fiction; Claire LeGrand's leap into a fantasy world was an interesting insight into how the mind of a fantasy writer works. The roster is impressive and includes many of my students' favorites: Chris Rylander, Kare Messner, Dee Garretson and more. I will definitely be mentioning this book to the language arts teachers in my school, and it is a great starting point for many assignments.
Also, since the Guys Read series has been popular in my library, I can see students who like short stories finding this to be very interesting. I always find it difficult to review collections of short stories; should I review every story or just a few? And is that fair to the ones I don't review? Suffice it to say that this is a volume well worth picking up and sharing with middle grade readers in a variety of circumstances.