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Author: A True Story by Helen Lester

Author: A True Story

by Helen Lester

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This autobiography is about the struggles the author faced as a child due to her learning disability. Throughout the book, readers see Lester make progress in her writing. She starts off by mirror-writing and then later overcomes her disability and becomes better at writing. She then became a teacher and then an author. I really liked this book because it shows kids that they can be what they want to be and that it's okay to make mistakes along the way. ( )
  Eayyad | Mar 29, 2017 |
This book is about a child that has difficulty writing but eventually grows up to become an author. The journey is not perfect but instead shows the reader to continue trying their best. The author lets the reader see how their perseverance paid off since their book was eventually published. I loved how the author starts the book when she is a young child in school that is having difficulty in school. This lets the teacher show students that other people also have difficulty and they are not alone. It also lets the reader see that writing can be difficult. The author wrote the book for a young reader in mind, when new words are introduced they are defined, like when she told us about her rejection and acceptance. The pictures were perfect since it allowed the reader to see what was going on in the author's life.

I would have liked to see an author's note or biography on the author so the students can see the author as a real person. ( )
  maryalvarez | Nov 8, 2016 |
A great biographical story of the author's struggles with a learning disability as a child. Although she was not the best at writing then, she overcomes the trials and becomes an author. For children struggling with a learning disability, this is a great example of how a disability does not define them. ( )
  dbuster | Mar 31, 2016 |
This is an autobiography about the children's book author, Helen Lester. Helen writes about how hard it was growing up with a disability and having something that is called, "mirror writing." This means that everything Helen wrote, was backwards. Instead of writing on paper from left to right, Helen would right from right to left. Growing up, Helen had to learn the proper way to write and often she would get frustrated. When Helen grew up, she decided to be a teacher. Not only did Helen become a teacher, but a writing teacher. How great is that?! Helen enjoyed writing and would write everywhere she went, even late at night she would jot down ideas that came to her. Things didn't come easy for Helen at first. She was denied a few times before finally having her first book published. It's amazing to read books like this one and see how people with disabilities don't let anything stop them from doing what they love. Helen didn't give up after being turned down and now look at her, an author! ( )
  lcrosby | Mar 16, 2016 |
"Author: A True Story" by Helen Lester is about the author's childhood of growing up with a disability. Helen was a "mirror writer", meaning that she wrote everything backwards, her teachers would have to put her papers in a mirror's reflection in order to read what Helen was writing. Helen had to learn the proper way to write which because of her disorder, was very frustrating and difficult to learn. When Helen grew up she ironically became a writing teacher. Helen loved writing so much that she started writing children's books. Although writing was hard, and she first got denied for her books to be published, Helen never gave up. Helen continued to write and revise books until she submitted the perfect book that was accepted for publication. Helen practiced writing every where she went and has shown that with determination and practice how she got over her disability of mirror writing. ( )
  olivia.sanchez | Mar 15, 2016 |
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So begins the story of Helen Lester, author of Tacky the Penguin and many other popular books for children. By sharing her struggles as a child and later as a successful author, she demonstrates that hurdles are part of the process. She even gives writing tips, such as keeping a "fizzle box." Helen Lester uses her unique ability to laugh at her mistakes to create both a guide for young writers and an amusing personal story of the disappointments and triumphs of a writer's life.

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Children's author Helen Lester describes her life from age three to adulthood and discusses how she writes.

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