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Five pages a day : a writer's journey
Kehret, Peg.
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Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2002.
Physical Description:
185 pages ; 22 cm
A biography of the author of numerous books for young people, describing her childhood bout with polio, how she became a writer, family relationships, and the importance of writing in her life.
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 5.0 64596.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 9 Quiz: 32470 Guided reading level: W.
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The author of her autobiographical Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, now shares the story of her writing career, which began at the age of ten when she wrote and sold her own newspaper, which featured tales of local dogs--mostly her own dog, B.J. The newspaper folded after four issues, but Kehret learned a valuable lesson: if she wants people to read what she writes, she must write something interesting.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Kehret, the author of many popular children's books, traces her path to becoming a writer in this entertaining memoir. She begins in childhood, when she launched a short-lived newspaper about neighborhood dogs, one of many links between her love of writing and her love of animals. With the same eye for well-chosen details that characterizes her other writing, she mines her experiences for anecdotes young readers will appreciate. For example, early in her career she concentrated on writing for contests--and she won a car! Even those kids who don't expect to be writers will enjoy hearing about quirky research she has done for her books and will absorb her recurring theme about the importance of persistence. This is not as emotionally compelling as her earlier autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (1996), but it will still appeal to her fans as well as to future writers. --Kathleen Odean

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This welcome autobiography focuses on Kehret's life as a writer, which began when, at 10, she gathered data from her neighbors and wrote a newspaper about dogs. The author tells about her experience with polio, covered in more detail in Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (Albert Whitman, 1996). She describes her job proofreading for the Daily Herald the summer between her junior and senior year of high school, and writing commercials for a local radio station the following summer. Throughout the book, Kehret explains what she learned from her various experiences. She discusses her techniques and the importance of researching data and revising her work. Thirteen black-and-white photographs appear in a centerfold. The lively, personable writing will carry readers along, especially would-be writers, those who like to read about authors, and Kehret's many fans.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

[1] The Dog Newspaperp. 11
[2] Poliop. 19
[3] High School Daysp. 32
[4] Commercials, Cats, and Carlp. 42
[5] Two Letters That Changed My Lifep. 53
[6] Twenty-five Words or Lessp. 62
[7] Pretending to Be Someone Elsep. 76
[8] Cheers and Tearsp. 95
[9] Alzheimer's Diseasep. 103
[10] At Last! Books for Kidsp. 115
[11] The Ideas Boxp. 124
[12] Helping the Animalsp. 134
[13] Polio Returnsp. 144
[14] Research and Revisionp. 155
[15] Talk, Talk, Talkp. 164
[16] Sharing a National Tragedyp. 174
[17] Happy Endingp. 179