|No map, great trip : a young writer's road to page one|
Author: Fleischman, Paul
A memoir about growing up with a father who was an award-winning author and how the author began his own writing career.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.20
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 505946
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
School Library Journal (11/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2019 “Writers live for twenty-five years and spend the rest of their lives writing about it,” declares Fleischman, whose Joyful Noise (1988) won the Newbery Medal. In this unusual writer’s guidebook, which is fundamentally a portrait of the author as a child, teenager, and young man, he recalls his early experiences, points out those that later became parts of his books, and offers advice for fledgling writers. Written in first person and present tense, his personal history draws readers into his childhood world and helps kids imagine growing up in a time before the internet, when a shortwave radio in 10-year-old Paul’s bedroom gives him newfound global awareness, and family boat trips further broaden his horizons. He also recalls later journeys of discovery as a young man. Occasionally interspersed with the autobiographical chapters are short “Writing Know-How” sections featuring some practical tips for aspiring authors. Photos (most were unavailable prepublication) illustrate the very readable text. A lively memoir-guidebook with particular appeal for young people who are familiar with Fleischman’s books. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 Gr 4–8—Newbery Award–winning author Fleischman uses moments in his life to explain his literary path and show how anyone can create stories. The book begins in 1962, when Fleischman, 10, had just received a shortwave radio, which sparked his interest in stories and words. Readers will also learn about his family's printing press; his "illegal" student newspaper; his love of travel, including some long bike trips; and his willingness to live outside his comfort zone. "Writing Know-How" sections following most chapters provide useful tips but interrupt the flow of the narrative. Also, while the book is geared toward a younger audience, a lot of the references may need more context. Back matter includes Fleischman's books and awards. VERDICT A well-written and engaging work that will inspire young readers and writers, although a straightforward memoir might have been even more appealing.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.