Patricia MacLachlan’s book about writing and what it means to be a writer takes the form of a fourth grade glass where a well-known writer becomes a guest teacher for creative writing. Lucy, Henry, May, Evie and Russell all leave pieces of their writing and their hearts in this book. Russell writes a poem from his dog who died. Evie is dealing with her parents’ separation; May’s parents are adopting a new child. Henry writes to save everything to memory. All Lucy can find to write is sadness. This endearing little book shows that writers do not write for the same purpose and they do not write the same way.
Favorite lines: “You have a story in there, Lucy,” she said, touching my head. “or a character, a place, a moment in time. When you find it, you will write it. Word after word after word after word,” she whispered.”
“Remember this if you remember anything from our time together,” said Ms. Mirabel. “Writing is brave. You are brave.”