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He is absolutely right. What is your favorite memory from when you were a teenager? How about my least favorite but most useful? I was at a dance at the Rye Golf Club with my best friend, Jill. We had decided to really go for it, get all duded up and mascara'ed. I wore my hottest outfit -- a one-piece, strapless pantsuit.

It was the early 80's; that's what was hot. Trust me. We had practiced dancing all week: step-together-clap; slightly bored expression combined with slight head-bobbing. Luck was with us at first -- two cute boys came right over to ask us to dance. I looked slightly bored while repeating my mantra internally: step-together-clap, nod.

The boy was smiling at me, checking me out. I was succeeding! Jill step-together-clapped her way to my side and said, "Don't panic, but your top fell off. I ran straight to the Ladies' Room with my arms crossed over my chest. Jill was right behind me, and sat beside me on the cold linoleum as I cried. I recall that moment whenever I am writing and my character needs to feel the soul-burning humiliation of being exposed in front of the world -- whether figuratively or literally. I can still feel the cold shivers in my fingers, still smell the disinfectant in the restroom, still hear the distant echoes of the disco beat beyond as I sat there feeling utterly stupid and naked and embarrassed.

But I also use it when I want to feel how reassuring it is for a character to realize a friend is willing to stick with her forever, no matter what. How did you end up becoming a writer? What I always loved to do was read, tell stories, imagine being other people, eavesdrop, and not wear shoes.

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What else could I end up becoming? What other jobs have you tried? I worked in a book store, which I loved except when people interrupted my reading by trying to make purchases. I was a really good babysitter and a lousy magician but kind of a fun clown at kids' birthday parties. I worked in theater -- acting, directing, selling tickets, dressing and undressing actors!

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I still can't make buttons stay on all that well, but I am a pretty decent ironer. I also tutored for SAT's, and GRE's, as well as regular school subjects from bio and algebra to English and writing, and specialized in working with kids who have learning troubles. What first appealed to you about writing for teens? Well, I started writing my first book when I was 22, so I'd had some recent experience.

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But really there were two things. I had always looked young for my age, and used to vow to myself that I would remember what it really felt like to be a kid and NEVER condescend when I grew up but rather bear witness to and show respect for the struggles of metamorphosis experienced by a teen going through it.

Also, a brilliant playwrighting professor I had in college told us that drama exists in the life-or-death moments: those instances when the character's life is at mortal risk are the scenes you should write. I realized that he had just described pretty much every moment of being a teenager.

Just a walk down the corridor in eighth grade can feel like a death march, if somebody looks at you sideways, then slides her eyes away and bends to whisper to somebody else, who turns immediately to look at you -- and snickers. Oh, dread. Life could end or begin at any moment, beside your locker, and the murder weapon, like your pride, might never be recovered. That's what continues to appeal to me about writing for teens: metamorphosis.

It's so awful and wonderful and public and extreme. Where do you get your ideas for your books? Mostly, honestly, in my head. I pick up details of phrases or styles of sitting from watching people all the time, and listening, eavesdropping, on the subway, in the market, in the changing room of a department store. Kids write to me about what they are going through, and of course I have my own journals to re-read, so I mine my own memories and fears and hopes.

But mostly my ideas come from wondering: what would happen if my parents suddenly lost all their money? What if I discovered I was profoundly gifted in some way? What if I learned something shatteringly disappointing about my mom? What if I fell in love with somebody I shouldn't? What if I lied to my best friend and then had to keep lying so she wouldn't find out? What if my best friend lied to me and I found out? What would be the worst thing that could happen to me? What would be the best? But I am not asking those questions of myself, Rachel Vail.

I build a character over the course of many months, and then ask those kinds of questions of her - until I get to the start of an answer that is so interesting to me that I have to write a book to find out what happens. Who in your life has especially inspired or motivated you? So many people have motivated and inspired me -- teachers who asked for revisions and edits and focus; librarians who found books for me and communicated their passion to me; friends who are funny and honest about whatever they are going through and so articulate about expressing their frustrations and ambitions; my husband who believes in me and laughs at all the right moments; my kids who come home with stories and ask to hear mine, again and again, and then give me harsh but loving and smart editorial feedback.

My brother taught me to tell stories by wanting to play them with me; my parents were my first and most enthusiastic audience before my kids came along, at least. Good book! I enjoyed it. Miss Flo Tuesday, September 30, at pm 4 4 stars. My class loved this book so I read it myself it is a great book for middle schoolers. I enjoyed this book a lot.

Thank you. Out of all the books I've read about third grader's starting third grade Justin had to be the most stressed out kid out of all those kind of books. I think Justin is a little to stressed for an average kid. If my best friend wasn't in my class,I would just have to talk to them after school hours. He's stressing because everything he wanted for third grade didn't turn out as planned,but nobody always get's there way. Even his sister wasn't stressing about starting kindergarten in his school.

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His best friend isn't in his class this year,he didn't get the teacher he expected or wanted,and I'll let you read the book and find out what happens :. This book Justin CAse: School. Thank you Rachel Vail for writing this wonderful book. I laughed so much while reading it.

This book is so cool and fun. I got it for my birthday and I loved reading it.

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I recommend this book to all my friends. A good book with a lot of humor and a book that some kids can relate to if they have been in a similar kind of problem. This is a really fun book to read. It is really fun. The title Justin Case sounds like Just in Case. This a really quick read and is fun. Justin Case follows the exploits of a worrisome third-grader named Justin.

The year doesn't start well for him; his best friend is in a different class, his little sister is starting kindergarten, and he's lost his favorite stuffed animal. Third grade can be pretty complicated for the average kid, but for Justin, it can be downright stressful.

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Justin's year unfolds in a diary-like format starting on the first day of school. I'm getting tired of the "wimpy kid, drawings in a journal" kind of thing.

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So I was really unwilling to get into the book. It was an okay book overall, but I think my hatred for the wimpy kid format overshadowed how unique the book actually is. Overall, I would give this about 2. I loved this book so so so so so much!!!!!!!!!! It is a great realistic fiction story!!!!!!

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It is about a boy who is going into third grade and is super nervous about it. I think the message for this story is '' Believe in your self''. I hope you like it!!!!!!!!! Close Embed Code. Copy and Paste the code below to your website or blog. Embed Code.

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