13 August 2007
I run a book discussion group for 4th-5th graders at work, and our current selection is The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman. In preparation for our meeting this week I am reading Flesichman's autobiography, The Abracadabra kid: a writer's life. It's a wonderfully fluid book, chock-full of personal stories from his early days as a fledgling magician, to his service time in World War II. It reminds me of Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx, only much shorter. It's also a great testament to the hard work a writer puts into his craft. All young writers (and those who are older, like this one here) should take note.