Links for the Star-Eyed Writer

Hello, welcome, and thank you! I am beyond chuffed that you are interested in my critical paper/presentation on diction, syntax, and style in middle grade and young adult novels.

Read the Essay [PDF, 25 pages]

Watch the Lecture [YouTube Video, 20 minutes]

View the Presentation Slides [PDF, 72 slides] 


Links to Resources

Appendix 2: Further Reading, an Annotated List of Kirkus Stars for Style

Appendix 3: Writer’s Syntax Toolbox


Works Cited

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds.” Kirkus, 30 Mar. 2016.

Black, Kathleen. Guide for the Advancing Grammarian: An Exploration of English for Writers and Teachers. Kitelko, 2005.

Billingsley, Franny. The Folk Keeper. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2001.

Bowman, Akemi Dawn. Summer Bird Blue. Simon Pulse, 2018.

DiCamillo, Kate. Louisiana’s Way Home. Candlewick Press, 2018.

Glaser, Joseph. Understanding Style: Practical Ways to Improve Your Writing. Oxford University Press, 1999.

Hartman, Rachel. Tess of the Road. Random House, 2018.

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribner, 2010.

Lee, Stacey. Outrun the Moon. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016.

Le Guin, Ursula K. Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide. Mariner Books, 2015.

Linney, Steve. “The Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.” Readable, 10 May 2019.

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo.” Kirkus, 25 June 2018.

Maass, Donald. Writing the Breakout Novel. Writer’s Digest Books, 2001.

Mafi, Tahereh. Whichwood. Dutton Children’s Books. 2018.

Naiman, David. “A Conversation on Craft with Ursula K. Le Guin.” The Writer’s Chronicle, March 2017.

Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook. Harcourt Brace & Co, 1994.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee.” Kirkus, 17 Feb. 2016.

Reynolds, Jason. As Brave as You. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Stein, Sol. How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them. St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman.” Kirkus, 18 June 2018.

Sutherland, John. How to Read a Novel. St. Martin, 2007.

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman.” Kirkus, 28 Oct. 2017. 

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi.” Kirkus, 27 Aug. 2017.

Willard, Lara. “Overused Words You Should and Shouldn’t Delete.” Lara Willard, 17 November 2015.