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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

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780399233944

Pages

155 pages

Genre

realism/fantasy

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

Family Relationships; Separation; separated parents; two homes

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

divorced parents

Awards

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

Keywords

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

Diversity Impact

direct

How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive

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