Breakfast on Mars and 37 other delectable essays

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Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays will inspire students to think differently about the much feared assignment in elementary and middle schools around the country: essay writing.

Rebecca Stern's fifth grade students were bored to death with essay writing, and the one thing Rebecca needed to inspire them--great examples appropriate for kids--was nowhere to be found. Inspired by a challenge, Rebecca joined forces with her friend, social entrepreneur Brad Wolfe, and the two came up with a terrific proposal--to gather together a collection of unconventional essays by some of the best writers around. They have compiled and edited a collection of imaginative, rule-breaking, and untraditional essays that is sure to change the way you think about the essay.
Contributors include: Ransom Riggs, Kirsten Miller, Scott Westerfeld, Alan Gratz, Steve Almond, Jennifer Lou, Chris Higgins, Rita Williams-Garcia, Elizabeth Winthrop, Chris Epting, Sloane Crosley, April Sinclair, Maile Meloy, Daisy Whitney, Khalid Birdsong, Sarah Prineas, Ned Vizzini, Alane Ferguson, Lise Clavel, Mary-Ann Ochota, Steve Brezenoff, Casey Scieszka, Steven Weinberg, Michael Hearst, Clay McLeod Chapman, Gigi Amateau, Laurel Snyder, Wendy Mass, Marie Rutkoski, Sarah Darer Littman,Nick Abadzis, Michael David Lukas, Léna Roy, Craig Kielburger, Joshua Mohr, Cecil Castellucci, Joe Craig, Ellen Sussman

Camp Dread or how to survive a shockingly awful summer / Ransom Riggs
Sasquatch is out there (and he wants us to leave him alone) / Kirsten Miller
Warning: this essay does not contain pictures / Scott Westerfeld
It's on like donkey kong / Alan Gratz
The world is full of time machines / Steve Almond
Hello, my name is / Jennifer Lou
Breakfast on Mars: why we should colonize the red planet / Chris Higgens
Robots only: why we shouldn't colonize Mars / Chris HIggins
Recall and defend / Rita Williams-Garcia My life before television / Elizabeth Winthrop
A rite of passage (and the importance of penguin etiquette) / Chris Epting
tNatural light / Sloane Crosley
Home girl / April Sinclair
Invisibility / Maile Meloy
The most famous fairy-tale cat of all is a furry-faced fabulist / Daisy Whitney
tOn facing my fears / Khalid Birdson
Raised by wolves / Sarah Prineas
Why we need tails / Ned Vizzini
Death is only a horizon / Alane Ferguson
Blue Jeans, Cat Stevens, and my first kiss / Lise Clavel
King Arthur's great power / Mary-Ann Ochota
A thousand truths: (mostly) a good dog / Steve Brezenoff
Death by host family / Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg
The incredibly amazing humpback anglerfish / Michael Hearst
Showering with spiders / Clay McLeod Chapman
River girl / Gigi Amateau
A good lie / Laurel Snyder
how to fly / Wendy Mass
Blueberries / Marie Rutkoski
Banning books-an un-American act / Sarah Darer Littman
Laika endings / Nick Abadzis
From seed to flower / Michael David Lukas
Sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll / Lena Roy
A single story can change many lives / Craig Kielburger
Creative book camp / Joshua Mohr
Princess Leia is an awesome role model / Cecil Castellucci
The only job I've ever had / Joe Craig
Break the rules / Ellen Sussman.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The dreaded essay assignment reliably produces groans from students and potentially squelches budding writers. This rigid essay format, whether in social studies, English, literature, ACT or SAT tests, or as part of college admission applications, has left some students in a pickle: how to follow form and still be creative? Enter Stern and Wolfe and this compilation of essays to help both students and their teachers. The editors have engaged 37 YA authors to each write one of the most popular types of essays: personal, persuasive, informative, literary, and even, in a few cases, illustrated with sketches or photos. The authors tackle typical thorny questions such as, If you could change a moment in history, which would you choose and why? or Write about a time you helped make the world a better place. In this valuable resource, the authors include research in their essays and sometimes make convincing arguments for something totally impossible. Best of all, they even bring humor back to this old, musty format.--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Battling against the rigid, five-paragraph essay structure, the editors of this compilation claim they have "let essays out of their cages, and... set them free. We've allowed them to go back to their roots." The result is a refreshing and useful tool for every middle- and high-school writing teacher to keep handy. Thirty-eight short essays-many humorous, some poignant-come from Sloane Crosley, Sarah Prineas, Ned Vizzini, Scott Westerfeld, Rita Williams-Garcia, and more. Assigned a genre (personal, persuasive, etc.) and topic ("What made your upbringing unique?" "What makes someone or something 'cool'?"), the contributors write essays that inspire and entertain, as well as reveal familiar authors in new lights (here is Kirsten Miller arguing for the existence of Sasquatch; there is Marie Rutkoski on memories and memory loss). In the final essay, "Break the Rules," Ellen Sussman cleverly encourages students to get creative with their writing: "What if I get an F in English? F is for Fear! F is for Fraidy Cat! F is for Funless!" Funless? This collection is anything but. Ages 10-up. Agent: Lindsay Edgecombe, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Juvenile literature.
English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- Juvenile literature.
Essay -- Authorship -- Juvenile literature.
Essay -- Authorship.
Publisher New York :Roaring Brook Press,2013
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Breakfast on Mars and thirty-seven other delectable essays
Contributors Stern, Rebecca, editor.
Wolfe, Brad, editor.
Language English
Notes "Your favorite authors take a stab at the dreaded essay assignment"--Jacket.
Description xii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
ISBN 9781596437371 (hardcover)
1596437375 (hardcover)
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