Monthly Archives: June 2013

Monday Book Review: I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson

I picked up this book because it’s on one of the summer reading lists at my school. The teacher who chose it did so because it’s on the 2014 Rebecca Caudill nominee list. When I saw it at the bookstore, … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces Part III

For the last two Wednesdays, I’ve been posting about Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell studied stories from mythologies around the world and found that the hero stories had certain common elements. The first phase is the … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Many books have inspired me to be a better writer, but it’s rare that a book inspires me to be a better person. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is just such a rarity. A free sample copy of the book arrived in … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces Part II

Today we’re looking at part II of Joseph’s Campell’s theory of the monomyth as discussed in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I discussed the first phase, separation, here. In this post, we’ll look at the second phase: initiation. … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

During the summer (probably into the fall as well), I’ll be reviewing some of the 2014 Rebecca Caudill nominees. First up is a historical fiction novel that takes place during the early part of the Cold War and mixes in … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Using Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces to Tell a Story Part I

“I’ve always tried to be aware of what I say in my films, because all of us who make motion pictures are teachers — teachers with very loud voices.” –George Lucas As a teacher myself, one of the writing techniques … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: The Well by Stephanie Landsem

Tomorrow (June 4) will be the release day for The Well, the debut novel by Stephanie Landsem. Stephanie and I first met through the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). When she told me last year about The Well, she explained that she … Continue reading

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