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"All of us should have a Mr. Looney--
and the courage of Atticus Hobart--in our lives."
--National Book Award winning author Kathryn Erskine, MOCKINGBIRD

"This book puts wheels on high ideals
in a way that can move us toward the kind of
education our students deserve and our best teachers desire."
--Parker Palmer, author of THE COURAGE TO TEACH

See the Book at Teachers College Press site

"During a time when teachers are under attack
and teaching is defined in narrow technocratic terms,
this book offers eloquent testimonies to the rich
intellectual, cultural, and moral qualities of the work.
If you know someone who wants to teach, give them this book."

--Mike Rose, author of Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us
and Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America.

See the Book at Rutgers University Press

"Formidable, inspiring, beautiful."
--Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"An eclectic and often riveting collection of essays.
Some of the most celebrated contemporary
writers eloquently explore the idea of risk
taking, risk that shakes us out of apathy
and ignites both deeply personal change and
broader social transformation."

--Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

Published by Rutgers University Press,
this anthology includes original writing
by Jane Smiley, Frank McCourt, Kim Edwards
and many other writers.

See the Book at Chicago Review Press
If you’re a girl, you should strive to look like the model on the cover of a magazine. If you’re a boy, you should play sports and be good at them. If you’re smart, you should immediately go to college after high school, and get a job that makes you rich. Above all, be normal.Right? Wrong, say 35 leading middle grade and young adult authors. Growing up is challenging enough; it doesn’t have to be complicated by convoluted, outdated, or even cruel rules, both spoken and unspoken. Parents, peers, teachers, the media, and the rest of society sometimes have impossible expectations of teenagers. These restrictions can limit creativity, break spirits, and demand that teens sacrifice personality for popularity. In these personal, funny, moving, and poignant essays, Kathryn Erskine (Mockingbird), Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook), Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars), Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl), and many others share anecdotes and lessons learned from their own lives in order to show you that some rules just beg to be broken.

See the Book at Poets & Writers Magazine

Author Luke Reynolds reflects on forging his own writing life
and interviews fourteen other authors—including Jane Smiley, Daniel Handler, Robert Pinsky,
George Saunders, Lindsey Collen, and David Wroblewski—about their worst rejections,
their first publications, what keeps them motivated,
and why they believe in the power of words.

"Reading Keep Calm and Query On is like sitting down one afternoon with a good friend,
a fellow writer who knows first-hand about the daily struggles of the writing life.
Only this friend is also wise and caring and generous with his support.
And when the day is over and you have to leave,
you go with the quiet certainty that you are on the right path."

--Francisco X. Stork, author of the novels Marcelo in the Real World and Irises

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