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Word After Word After Word

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Jan 18, 2011


An inspirational short novel for young readers about the power of writing by Newbery Medal–winning author Patricia MacLachlan.

Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class—bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories—word after word after word.

Lançado em:
Jan 18, 2011

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Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet’s Dog; and My Father’s Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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Chapter 1

Some things happen in fours.

On the fourth day of the fourth month after the winter holiday vacation, a famous writer came to our fourth-grade class. Her name was Ms. Mirabel. She liked the Ms. a lot. She hissed Ms. like Evie’s cat, Looley, hissed. I looked over at Evie and she was smiling. She had thought of Looley, too.

Ms. Mirabel had long, troubled hair and a chest that pushed out in front of her like a grocery cart.

Did you always want to be a writer? asked Henry.

He smiled at me. Hen carried a notebook with him at all times, sometimes stopping in the middle of soccer practice to pull it out and write something.

No, said Ms. Mirabel. I wanted to be a stage performer or an electrical engineer.

How much money do you make? asked Evie.

Evie, warned our teacher, Miss Cash. That’s not a proper question to ask.

That’s all right, said Ms. Mirabel cheerfully. I make enough to send my children to camp in the summer.

Evie frowned. She hated camp. She had once said that only cruel and uninterested parents sent their children off to camp in the summer. Evie knew firsthand. Her parents had sent her off to Camp Minnetuba the summer that they separated. When Evie returned home, her mother had moved out; her father lived there with Evie and her little brother, Thomas.

Temporary, said her father and mother. It has nothing to do with you.

Evie thought it had lots to do with her. From time to time her mother visited, but she never stayed very long.

Is what you write real? asked May.

Ms. Mirabel brightened. She liked that question.

Real or unreal. They’re just about the same, said Ms. Mirabel. They are both all about magical words!

She said words with a soft hush in her voice.

Do you write with an outline? Russell asked.

Ms. Mirabel laughed loudly. It was a sudden, startling laugh; and we all laughed, too.

Of course not, she said. Outlines are silly. Once you write the outline, there’s no reason to write the story. You write to participate . . . to find out what is going to happen!

Miss Cash frowned. This is not what she had taught us in creative writing class.

Actually, I loathe outlines! said Ms. Mirabel with great feeling.

Miss Cash closed her eyes as if her head hurt.

And then Hen asked the question that made all the difference to us.

Why do you write? he

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  • (5/5)
    As always, absolutely beautiful. Patricia MacLachlan has a way of putting a deeper meaning on a book that young readers probably won't pick up on, but it's there for older readers, which I love. Also, no one handles delicate subjects in a child's perspective like divorce, a parent with cancer, etc, with as much tact, and delicacy as Mrs. MacLachlan! Highly recommended!
  • (4/5)
    A group of friends share their thoughts with one another about the writing they do inspired by an author who is conducting their class for a length of time. The students deal with their concerns through writing and sharing their writing.The book would be a great addition to a lesson about why to write and would pair well with Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
  • (3/5)
    Miss Mirabel spends 6 months with a fourth grade class showing how words in poetry can change you. Perhaps not a book children will pick up on their own, it would be a delightful read-a-loud or group study. MacLachlan, in her superb sparse writing style captures in very poetic language how the 6 months with a poet looking at words changed these classmates. Grades 2-5
  • (3/5)
    A beautifully written book about writing. Each word is carefully chosen and the story reads almost like poetry. Not my favorite kind of story, but definitely well-crafted. I'd try it on fans of Sharon Creech's Love That Dog and your aspiring young authors.
  • (2/5)
    I would give this 2.5 stars, but there's no way of doing that.

    If you hadn't told me this book was by Patricia MacLachlan, I probably could have guessed by the style. I did like the book, and the message. However, I do not think many (if any) fourth graders write like that in the beginning. Secondly, while I understand why the book is so short, for me, it was too short to really delve into the characters. I was especially disappointed with not knowing more about Henry. Why does he need to be the adult? What does that mean? Why does he worry about holding everything together?

    I don't know. It was a quick read, and I did enjoy it, but I'm not sure I would recommend it as a best book of 2010, which Amazon.com did.
  • (5/5)
  • (3/5)
    While not the quality I've come to appreciate by this author, still, it is well-written and worth the time spent reading.When Ms. Mirabel arrives at fourth grade class to teach writing, she opens a unique world of writing and exploration of feelings for the class.This is yet another wonderful story of teachers who make a difference.
  • (1/5)
    I did not enjoy this book at all. The children's voices didn't ring true for me.
  • (4/5)
    A sweet and gentle book about writing and words and how magical and healing and important self-expression is.
  • (5/5)
    I love Patricia MacLachlan's books; she is my favorite author. I learned much about writing from this title: the importance of PLACE; A MOMENT, A TIME, A PLACE; CHARACTERS; MEMORY; and reminding oneself "where I began as a child and the stories I brought with me." Patricia MacLachlan is a writer for all ages.
  • (2/5)
    Funny how different each reader is... a starred review? I might remember the baggie of sand, the importance of setting. But the device did not wring true.