Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive

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TAYLOR LISLE, JANET. (2002). How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive. New York: Philomel Books. ISBN 0-399-23394-6

Long before the printing press, people told stories and passed them on from one generation to the next. They told stories to entertain and to inform. Many revered the power of the storyteller who might help others transcend the mundane or, conversely, frightening everyday life by transporting listeners to another place and time. Archie Jones, twenty-first century eleven-year-old, is such a storyteller. Archie has always wanted to be a writer but doesn't trust himself to put his words down on paper. Instead, he invents "The Mysterious Mole People," a story that he tells in short segments, as he makes them up, to his brother when he needs to calm down. Drawing on his imagination and some real life experiences he gains when he is forced to join a neighborhood gang, Archie decides he should write his story down. …

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