Breakfast on Mars

Breakfast on Mars

And 37 Other Delectable Essays

Book - 2013
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Present a collection of unconventional essays by leading writers to challenge how students think about essays using imaginative, rule-breaking, and unconventional examples.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781596437371
Characteristics: xii, 211 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: And 37 other delectable essays.


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JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

"In the following pages, you'll catch a glimpse of something most people have never seen in the wild. We've let essays out of their cages, and we've set them loose."
This book is a great idea, a collection of essays by professional writers responding to the prompts that are commonly assigned in schools to serve as examples for students frustrated by the confines of the requirements. Whether prompted with "Write about a time you helped make the world a better place" or "Compare and contrast two characters from the same story" or "Pick a belief that is widely accepted and then debunk it" or one of the other forty topics (indexed by type; e.g. persuasive, etc.), the authors demonstrate a variety of ways to make the essays personal, creative, interesting, and meaningful. I was hooked from the Forward by Margaret Cho to the end, and, though not every selection was stellar or spoke to me, the collection as a package is excellent. Highly recommended for all classrooms where essays are assigned, students looking for a bit of inspiration, and readers who enjoy encountering a variety of interesting, engaging essays.


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JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

I could have just as easily picked any number of other favorite bits, but I think I'll share this metaphor for friendship that I loved from Ransom Riggs in "Camp Dread or How to Survive a Shockingly Awful Summer":
"The popular kids I knew seemed to make friends effortlessly. Their cliques grew and blossomed and rotated members on a daily basis. My friend group, on the other hand, was like a rare mold that only grew beneath a certain kind of rock at a specific elevation: There wasn't much of it, it formed very slowly, and it was exceedingly stable. But if a wild mongoose came and ate a bunch of it, the mold wasn't going to grow back in any big hurry."

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