(Grosset & Dunlap / Penguin Young Readers Group) November 2015
Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction. The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide both original fictional short stories as well as the nonfiction accounts that inspired them.
The contributing authors include Julia Alvarez, Karen Cushman, Margarita Engle, Dee Garretson, Nathan Hale, Matthew Kirby, Claire Legrand, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Linda Sue Park, Adam Rex, Gary Schmidt, Alan Sitomer, Caroline Starr Rose, Heidi Stemple, Rita Williams-Garcia, Tracy Edward Wymer, Lisa Yee, and Jane Yolen.
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Awards and Accolades
Praise for Been There, Done That
A fine collection and a boon to writing teachers everywhere.
These multifaceted, parallel stories reveal not only how ideas become fiction but also how the spark of creativity evolves into a polished product.
— Publisher’s Weekly
Some of the works have identifiable flavors of the actual event while others merely use a kernel of truth for their story. One of the best is “Lemon Squeeze” by Caroline Starr Rose, based on stories she was told by her mother. Lemon Squeeze was a game played by her mother in the Little Nippers club, where each girl contributed an anonymous “suggestion” to another girl. Rose spins a story written in free verse poetry. Each girl has her own voice and tells her inner thoughts about the game and the hurt feelings that go along with criticism.
— School Library Journal