Renown, young adult author Mike Klaassen gives back relevant and new information onEssential Writing Tools
Mike Klaassen has done his writing homework
Renown, young adult author Mike Klaassen gives back relevant and new information on fiction writing. In an easy to read and easy to use compendium of eleven writing modes, Mike enumerates the writing modes all authors use, but few have really thought about. He wades through a very difficult subject with unusual clarity in a valuable outline style. He puts together and defines the modes of sensation, emotion, introspection, recollection, action, summarization, conversation, narration, description, exposition, and transition. He provides many excellent examples of each. As a skilled and published novel writer himself, Mike is well able to offer advice as well as easy to understand explanations of the writing modes. This work is a necessary part of every author’s bookshelf, but it especially lends itself to the new writer who wants to significantly improve his or her fiction writing....more
Cracks is a tight adventure novel that delivers nonstop action. If you are a fan of wilderness adventurNonstop action and adventure from Mike Klaassen
Cracks is a tight adventure novel that delivers nonstop action. If you are a fan of wilderness adventure, you will not want to pass by this strong older teen and young adult novel. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with a lot to think about.
Bodie McCann is a lost cause and he is starting to figure that out. His life has led him through foster homes and juvenile detention, and his current scrape with the law has put him in a program of rehabilitation for juveniles. That program takes teens and gives them wilderness experiences to help them get their lives together. For Bodie, this experience begins with spelunking, and a major earthquake is just the beginning of his potentially life changing problems.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot because it is a string of adventures that are best read and savored. This novel is hard hitting and doesn’t shy away from addressing drug use, human suffering, and youthful cruelty. It is a strong mixture of Lord of the Flies with a Deliverance-like driver. It will appeal to those who like a great read with tense situations. Mike Klaassen can be relied on to give the gritty side of life with a strongly redemptive message—get it. ...more
Here’s a novel with a character teens will enjoy and want to emulate
Fortney Curtis, Fort for short, has a terrible temper. That wouldn’t be a problemHere’s a novel with a character teens will enjoy and want to emulate
Fortney Curtis, Fort for short, has a terrible temper. That wouldn’t be a problem for the sixteen year old, if he wasn’t six foot two and as strong as an ox. The skills that help him on the football field impede him with his family and his friends, and a guy like him has no luck with the girls. That’s why his nickname is The Brute.
Fort’s world is about to change. When a summer tornado wipes out the scout campsite that includes six other scouts, his father, and their scoutmaster, the scoutmaster and Fort’s father are disabled. That leaves Fort as the one who has to take charge and take care of injured adults and scouts. But first, Fort has to get control of himself or nothing he does will make any difference. He might even win the heart of the girl in the end.
In this fast paced adventure novel, we get to see Fort begin his journey to true manhood. He has to face many obstacles, but the greatest one is himself. The author, Mike Klaassen, tells this story with tautly drawn prose that makes The Brute a fun novel that teens will really enjoy. ...more
If you thought that no one could find adventure in the story of Jonah, you’ve missed The Word Fulfilled. The Word Fulfilled is the lastA True Diamond
If you thought that no one could find adventure in the story of Jonah, you’ve missed The Word Fulfilled. The Word Fulfilled is the last of three novels by Bruce Judisch that chronicle the narrative of the historical Jonah. I say historical because, Mr. Judisch, in his treatment of Jonah the prophet has teased out some beautiful historical nuance few students of history will want to miss. Nuggets that bring together known history and the Jewish account of Jonah the prophet.
You can read The Word Fulfilled without reading the other two books. It is a complete story by itself. You’ll miss the giant fish part and the early history of the man Jonah, but in The Word Fulfilled, you’ll find yourself wonderfully immersed in Assyria and Nineveh in 800 BC. I was especially taken with the way Mr. Judisch wove into his work the tale of an initiate to the goddess Ishtar and how she was eventually redeemed. That’s the point of the novel, Nineveh was redeemed, and Jonah the prophet brought the message. The question that Mr. Judisch answered was how did that redemption happen—why did the people of Nineveh respond and repent?
I really loved this book. It balanced, for me, romance, adventure, and history in a way that was compelling and accurate. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is likely the best historical novel about this period and area ever written....more