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craft review by Lindsay Lackey In May, Richard Peck, beloved children’s author and champion of writers, passed away. He was a prolific storyteller, penning 41 books in 41 years, and winning numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal in 2001. He was also a generous and wise mentor, offering writers encouragement and advice in conferences and […]

craft review by Beth Mitchell Lately, I’ve been preoccupied by Lisa Cron’s concept of a novel’s “third rail,” the protagonist’s inner struggle that propels the story (see my craft review of Cron’s Story Genius). As I read MG books, I ask myself: What is the protagonist’s misbelief? What is the origin of that misbelief? How […]

craft review by Kristi Wright There are a myriad of things that Kate DiCamillo does brilliantly as a writer—let’s face it, she didn’t win two Newbery Medals for nothing—but with FLORA & ULYSSES, I’m going to focus on her marvelous command of character and situations to write laugh-out-loud comedy. FLORA & ULYSSES is a buddy […]