“Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class—bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.
From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories—word after word after word.” (from Goodreads)
There’s so much to say about this book, I’m not sure where to start. It’s funny to think that I, a writer, am freezing up at writing a review of a book about writers. XD
Not everyone will be a novelist, but this book proved that everyone can be a writer (even Ms. Cash). While the children in this book learned how to write (in a very organic, fun way, I might add!), I was reminded of why–to treasure current things, remember lost ones, process change and emotions, and understand other people. The children were great characters, each unique and special. Russell ended up being my favorite, but Henry’s parents were beyond adorable. 😉 Lucy and her parents had a sweet, refreshing dynamic too.
As I mentioned before, Ms. Mirabel had a great teaching style. My favorite part was when she read excerpts of real books aloud in class. How I would love to have a writing teacher like that! 😀
Just a note, one child expresses resentment over a new sibling, and another’s parents are temporarily separated.
Best quote: “You are a very good writer,” said Hen. Ms. Mirabel smiled. “So are you. So are all of you.”
Altogether, this is a lovely book. I cried more often than not while reading it. ❤