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The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee
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May 26, 2009

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bookshelves: juvenile-fiction, school-stories, young-adult
Recommended to Carmine by: random pick
Recommended for: middle schoolers
Read in May, 2009

Mrs. Vallis teaches 8th grade creative writing, a young teacher with lots of enthusiasm who just happens to be cousin-in-law of the hottest rock star around (think Steven Tyler of Aerosmith or Mick Jagger). He agrees to come visit her class to talk about writing. He uses a bowl of fruit as analogy about style and that launches a creative writing project so compelling that kids who weren't even in that class end up contributing. A fun way to talk about style and point of view with budding writers. a quick read- the "story" is really only 46 pages long, the rest of the book is how 50 different 8th graders respond to the fruit bowl assignment. My favorites include the story from the "preschooler" perspective, the "Broadway Musical" version and, most hysterical, the story from the perspective of a chicken nugget.
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