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Mary Kole really knows what she's talking about! This book has completely turned around how I was approaching my children's and YA writing. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Each chapter contains relevant, useful and insightful information about writing and about the book world. Kole doesn't just tell us things from her own point of view. She refers throughout the book to contextual examples from current books to support her points, and asks also writers and agents for their thoughts and contextual choices. I'll always have this book within easy reach when I want the best children's and YA writing advice!
I have read a lot of books on writing and this is the best one ever, for writing in all genres, not just kidlit. It could partly be because I read it at the same time that I was doing the outline for a YA book, and this helped enormously in that process, making me think about things I wouldn't otherwise have thought of. But I think most people who are serious about writing and want to learn from others would benefit from reading this very practical and accessible book.
Excellent book well worth the purchase, I would highly recommend you buy a copy. It is easy to understand and follow. It gives lots of tips and examples but doesn't go overboard like some writing books.
This book is a great resource for understanding what kids like and want to read and how to give it to them. Mary Kole has a vast background of experience that she shares in an enjoyable, easy to read and upbeat manner.