Breakfast on Mars

Breakfast on Mars

And 37 Other Delectable Essays

Book - 2013
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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, L#65533;na Roy, Craig Kielburger, Joshua Mohr, Cecil Castellucci, Joe Craig, Ellen Sussman

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781596437371
1596437375
Branch Call Number: J 372.62 Breakfas 06/2013
Characteristics: xii, 211 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wolfe, Brad
Stern, Rebecca

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JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

"In the following pages, you'll catch a glimpse of something most people have never seen in the wild. We've let essays out of their cages, and we've set them loose."
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This book is a great idea, a collection of essays by professional writers responding to the prompts that are comm... Read More »


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JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

"In the following pages, you'll catch a glimpse of something most people have never seen in the wild. We've let essays out of their cages, and we've set them loose."
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This book is a great idea, a collection of essays by professional writers responding to the prompts that are commonly assigned in schools to serve as examples for students frustrated by the confines of the requirements. Whether prompted with "Write about a time you helped make the world a better place" or "Compare and contrast two characters from the same story" or "Pick a belief that is widely accepted and then debunk it" or one of the other forty topics (indexed by type; e.g. persuasive, etc.), the authors demonstrate a variety of ways to make the essays personal, creative, interesting, and meaningful. I was hooked from the Forward by Margaret Cho to the end, and, though not every selection was stellar or spoke to me, the collection as a package is excellent. Highly recommended for all classrooms where essays are assigned, students looking for a bit of inspiration, and readers who enjoy encountering a variety of interesting, engaging essays.

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JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

I could have just as easily picked any number of other favorite bits, but I think I'll share this metaphor for friendship that I loved from Ransom Riggs in "Camp Dread or How to Survive a Shockingly Awful Summer":
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"The popular kids I knew seemed to make friends effortlessly. Their cliques grew and blossomed and rotated members on a daily basis. My friend group, on the other hand, was like a rare mold that only grew beneath a certain kind of rock at a specific elevation: There wasn't much of it, it formed very slowly, and it was exceedingly stable. But if a wild mongoose came and ate a bunch of it, the mold wasn't going to grow back in any big hurry."

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