Knopf Books for Young Readers Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life
Knopf Books for Young Readers Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life

Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life

By Wendelin Van Draanen

$17.99

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

Want to write a novel? This book is the motivation you need! Part writing guide and part memoir, this inspiring book from the author of Flipped and The Running Dream is like Bird by Bird for YA readers and writers.

Wendelin Van Draanen didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she’s convinced that writing saved her life. Or, at least, saved her from a life of bitterness and despair. Writing helped her sort out what she thought and felt and wanted. And digging deep into fictional characters helped her understand the real people in her life better as well.

Wendelin shares what she’s learned—about writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. This book is packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story that’s exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life. And she answers the age-old question Where do you get your ideas? by revealing how events in her own life became the seeds of her best-loved novels.

Hope in the Mail is a wildly inspirational read for anyone with a story to share.

About the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen is the author of many beloved and award-winning books. For middle graders, she’s written The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Swear to Howdy, and the Sammy Keyes mystery series. For teens and tweens, there’s Flipped, The Running Dream, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Runaway, and Wild Bird. And for younger readers, check out the Shredderman quartet and the Gecko and Sticky series. Wendelin Van Draanen lives in central California. Find her on the web at WendelinVanDraanen.com or on Twitter at @WendelinVanD.

Author Residence: Central coast, California

Format: Hardcover

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

ISBN: 9781984894663

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