Joel A. Sutherland

Author, Ghost Hunter, Barbarian Librarian


Be a Writing Superstar

Posted by joelasutherland on September 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Like I said at the beginning of my last post, I've got some good news to share, so enough with the doom and gloom talk.


We're now a week into September, the month that my children's non-fiction book, Be a Writing Superstar, is being released by Scholastic Canada! And that means it has its own page on the Scholastic website. Not only can you see the cover and read a bit about the book there, but you can also read an excerpt which includes some of the perfect illustrations by Patricia Storms. Check it out:


Speaking of the cover and blurb, why don't I go ahead and share those with you now as well?



Hemingway. Dostoevsky. Shakespeare. All of them wrote masterpieces when they were adults. But imagine what they could have written when they were kids, if only they had had this book!

Be a Writing Superstar is an irreverent, encouraging writing guide for young readers, which covers a whole spectrum of topics. It succeeds in teaching them the nuts and bolts of the entire writing process - from brainstorming their early ideas and shaping them on paper, right through to hosting their own book launch! Yes, kids will be trading witty repartee and bon mots with their fellow scribes, as they get their literary game on!

And, for when the dreaded writer's block kicks in, kids can draw inspiration from their writing heroes by reading some short interviews with famous Canadian authors and illustrators! Some of Canada's finest, including Robert Munsch, Mélanie Watt, Gordon Korman and Kenneth Oppel, agreed to answer 5 Silly Questions about their writing, and all of them are included in this book. A hilarious reminder that writers are funny people and writing is, above all else, fun!


You can't beat the retail price of $6.99 (especially as a children's gift), so if you live in Canada head on over to or to purchase a copy. If you live elsewhere in the wide world you can ask your local bookseller to order a copy, using one of the following ISBNs: ISBN - 10: 0545980003, or ISBN - 13: 9780545980005.

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