Lucy, Henry, Evie, Russell, and May have the privilege of meeting and being taught by Ms. Mirabel--an author. Her time with them becomes a time of discovery. As they write, they explore and find themselves.
What I thought: Much better than a nonfiction book on writing. This book will do much to inspire young writers. Though Word After Word After Word is a short narrative (6 weeks, 125 pages), I really got to know the five friends/narrators. MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall is one of my favorite middle grade novels. She is truly worth studying. She can pack so much into a short novel. This book is a great addition to any library. It will pair well with Locomotion by Woodson, Love That Dog by Creech, Writing Magic by Levine, and Pizza, Pigs & Poetry by Prelutsky.
(Katherine Tegen, 2010)