Breakfast on Mars: and 37 Other Delectable Essays

224p. Roaring Brook. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-737-1.
Gr 6 Up—Many students dislike essays for a variety of reasons, but this collection might just change their minds about the format. More than three dozen authors, including familiar ones such as Scott Westerfeld, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Ned Vizzini, tackle the assignment with a mischievous glint in their eyes. Their topics include first kisses, penguins, invisibility, and blueberries. Some selections are serious, some interesting, and all are entertaining. They are wonderful, clear writing examples for classes and include a great mix of persuasive, narrative, and literary writing. Students interested in diminutive pieces and those partial to short stories will find the book enjoyable as well. The pieces average five pages in length, and each one has a different voice that effectively reaches its audience. A unique volume, well worth the read.—Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

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