Our childhood experiences shape us into the adults we become. Born to Write tells the stories of how six extraordinary children transformed early struggles into spellbinding bedtime reading for kids around the world.
To ease the pain of being ostracized by her classmates, Madeleine L’Engle escaped to an invented world every night in her bedroom. Lucy Maud Montgomery lost her mother as a baby and her father appeared only sporadically throughout her life. And Philip Pullman, a seasoned traveler by age 10, used his long journeys by ship as inspiration for his remarkable novels.
In Born to Write, Charis Cotter chronicles the early lives of these and other much-loved children’s writers, including Christopher Paul Curtis, C.S. Lewis and E.B.White, revealing how each author’s achievements and losses, triumphs and tragedies, helped shape our most beloved books. Interspersed throughout are sidebars highlighting other well-known children’s authors, such as Hans Christian Andersen and Louisa May Alcott, whose works served as inspiration.
“… mature readers will gain the most enjoyment as they discover the backgrounds and inspirations of some of their favorite writers.”—School Library Journal, 12/09
“… can be used to motivate children to dive into a good book or to spin their own tales.”—CM Magazine, 11/09
“… will intensely satisfy, not to mention inspire, the child who is already a reader and writer …”—Resource Links, 02/10
“Fascinating … intriguing … irresistible … will have young readers hoping that Cotter plans a series of books similar to this must-purchase and her earlier titles.”—VOYA, 04/10
“… accessible, thought-provoking, and fun to read.”—Booklist, 12/09