His favorite books were written by American authors, including Hemmingway, Steinbeck, and Vernes. Gary Soto went on to attend California State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in creative writing in 1976. During that time he met and married his wife, Carolyn Oda, in 1975. Gary was only twenty-three years old at the time. Then in 1977, Gary published his first set of poems called The Elements of San Joaquin.
He explains, “Even a thirty second commercial involved drawing and painting, as well as storytelling, not to mention actors, music and sound effects.” In 1970 Gerstein met a young mystery writer named Elizabeth Levy and began illustrating her children's book series, Something Queer is Going On. Thirty years later they are still collaborating on the
Gale, 1999. Biography in Context). During his time alive he wrote The Hobbit and the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy and many books, poems, etc. Originally The Hobbit was meant to be just a story for Tolkien’s children, but an editor accidentally read The Hobbit and decided Tolkien should publish it ("J(ohn) R(onald) R(euel) Tolkien." St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers.
The outstanding book A Separate Peace was published in 1959, written by John Knowles. This book takes place at a boarding school in New Hampshire called Davon. The main characters include Gene Forester and Phineas. The boys form a group called Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session that revolves around the book. During this time period, it was very popular to produce movies based off the books.
The Cat In the Hat is one of the most famous books written by Dr.Seuss, and also the one to solidify his place in the writing industry. It shows children that they are plenty of activities to do if one uses their imagination (Porter). Geisel was challenged to write this story by William Spaulding. He asked Geisel to create a story children wouldn’t be able to put down, but he could only have two-hundred twenty-five words in it that all came off of a three-hundred forty-eight vocabulary word list. His inspiration for that book was that he would find words that rhymed and make them the title of the book, and the verses inside (Seuss).
The story is about Roger Hedlund and his family who lives in a farm in Lake Wobegon. The story starts Wednesday night where Roger walks out of the house to look for his daughter Martha’s new kitten as he heard it crying outside, but his search ends unsuccessfully. Next day the kitten came back and they Roger decided to let the kitten stay indoors. Thursday night there was a rainstorm which made Roger nervous for his crop as it wasn’t a good timing. Rogers wife Cindy gets upset by Rogers nervousness and convince him to do a trip to Grand Rapids without their daughters.
His three new friends try to comfort him but he 's just kind of scared now. We learn that Miles has a little crush on Alaska. He even stays at the boarding school over Thanksgiving to try to get with her. He makes a mistake in doing this because he becomes very homesick. The friends try to do a crazy prank on the whole school but it takes a dark turn one Alaska tells the story of when her mom died of an aneurysm.
In Peg Kehret’s book Stolen Children the story starts when Amy forgets to walk and feed the neighbor’s dog and it has an accident. The neighbor asked Amy’s father if she had remembered come over. Amy’s father decided to talk to Amy but the talk soon turned into a fight, causing Amy’s dad to be late for work. That was the last time Amy saw her dad because he died in a car crash on his way. Amy felt like it was her fault and wanted to prove to her dad that she could be responsible and started taking a babysitting class.
The novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck begins besides the Salinas river near Soledad, California, 1937. Where two traveling farm hands George Milton(the main character) and Lennie Small are on their way to a nearby ranch. The two have recently escaped from a farm where Lennie was accused of rape after he tried to feel a woman’s soft dress. Lennie, a mentally disabled man finds great pleasure in feeling soft things. As they’re walking, George yells at Lennie for playing with a dead mouse and tells him not to speak when they reach the new farm.
He takes them to the cobbler for repairs to make them fit for her sister to wear while going to school, and on the way to home, when he stops to pick up some vegetables for his mother to cook, a blind trash collector accidentally carries them away. Of course, the boy, named Ali, is afraid to tell his parents. Of course, his sister, named Zahra, wants to know how she is supposed to go to school without shoes. The children