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The Bronze Pen

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Twelve-year-old Audrey Abbott dreams of becoming a writer, but with her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, it seems there is no room for what her overworked mother would surely call a childish fantasy. So Audrey keeps her writing a secret. That is, until she meets a mysterious old woman who seems able to read her mind. Audrey is surprised at how readily she reveals her secret to the woman. One day the old woman gives Audrey a peculiar bronze pen and tells her to "use it wisely and to good purpose." It turns out to be just perfect for writing her stories with. But as Audrey writes, odd things start happening. Did Beowulf, her dog, just speak to her? And what is that bumping under her bed at night? It seems that whatever she writes with the pen comes true. However, things don't always happen in the way that she wants or expects. In fact, it's quite difficult to predict what writing with the pen will do. Could the pen be more of a curse than a gift? Or will Audrey be able to rewrite the future in the way that she wishes---and save her father's life?
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
So many loose threads left at the end! Almost as if the book was begun years before the author wrote the ending, and in the interim forgot all the little plot elements she introduced. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
A favorite author. I'm always looking for a new one by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Audrey has always used writing of fiction to cheer herself up or at least make her forget what was worrying her. But when she begins to use the bronze pen given to her by the ethereal lady in the cave animals begin to talk, dragons appear... ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
With her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, twelve-year-old Audrey's dreams of becoming a writer seem very impractical until she is given a peculiar bronze pen that appears to have unusual powers.
  prkcs | Aug 13, 2008 |
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A Junior Library Guild selection. With her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, twelve-year-old Audrey's dreams of becoming a writer seem very impractical until she is given a peculiar bronze pen that appears to have unusual powers.
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With her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, twelve-year-old Audrey's dreams of becoming a writer seem very impractical until she is given a peculiar bronze pen that appears to have unusual powers.

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