Thursday, April 10, 2008

From (4/9/08)

There's much that might interest and inspire young writers at the Nancy Yi Fan website. Last year, at age 14, HarperCollins published Fan's first fantasy novel "Swordbird," which reached the New York Times childrens' bestseller list. Her new book "Sword Quest" is a prequel, as she explains in an interesting podcast that students will enjoy. You'll find a link to the podcast on Fan's website, along with lots of other interesting material, from video interviews (Martha Stewart, Today Show) to Fan's tips for middle school writers. There's even a Halloween story she wrote in fifth grade. In the Young Writers' Chatroom, kids can post reviews of Fan's books, talk about their own writing ideas, and jump to a blog she kept during her recent US book tour. Also see this story about Fan on Jackie Chan's website: Nancy arrived in America in 2000 speaking no English. "Who could imagine that only six years later she would become a published author -- in her second language!"