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How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive

Title

How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive

Publisher

Philomel Books

Pages

155 pages

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780399233944

Genre

realism/fantasy

Topic

Family Relationships; Separation; separated parents; two homes

Annotation

A young writer's fantasy world becomes dangerously entangled with reality. Eleven-year-old Archie and his six-year-old brother, Oggie, are constantly going back and forth between their mother's home and the apartment that their father shares with his girlfriend. To distract Oggie from the turbulence of endlessly bouncing from "Saturn" to "Jupiter" and back again, Archie invents a fantastic story about the Mysterious Mole People. When Oggie's wallet is stolen by kids from a local gang, Archie tries to retrieve it and becomes increasingly ensnared in the gang's dangerous activities. Even worse, he soon finds that his fictitious mole story is merging with the darkness of real life in a very frightening way.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

divorced parents

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Maine Student Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

Keywords

brothers; gang; stories; danger; adventure; writing; father dating

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive

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