I'm setting up this post as a one-stop-shop repository of all the interviews I've done for and writing I've been doing around The Magic Words, as well as the book's professional reviews. It will be updated as appropriate.
Interviews with Me
- Publishers Weekly, August 4, 2016: "Four Questions for . . . Cheryl Klein"
- Elizabeth O. Dulemba, September 9, 2016: "Cheryl Klein's THE MAGIC WORDS"
- Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2016: "The Magic Words: Panelists Offer Insight into Writing and Publishing for Kids" (account of a panel celebrating the book's launch)
- The MashReads podcast, September 28, 2016: "How to Read Like a Pro"
Writing by Me
- The Narrative Breakdown, September 6, 2016: "The Magic Words" (podcast where I read the first chapter of the book)
- Mashable.com, September 7, 2016: "6 Novel-Writing Tips from One of the Publishing World's Top Editors"
- Medium.com, September 12, 2016: "How to Write a YA Novel" (an abridged version of Chapter 5 of The Magic Words)
- The Blabbermouth Blog, September 12, 2016: Eight Questions and Answers
Reviews of the Book
Time magazine: "Magic Words aims to be a master class. . . . Klein deconstructs the seemingly obvious (clear plotlines, sympathetic characters) to reveal the technical intricacies of beloved classics. . . . The Magic Words is more than a handbook. It is also a timely social commentary on the responsibility YA writers have to young adults."
Booklist magazine (starred review): "For anyone wishing to write for young readers, Klein's remarkable new book will be a sine qua non, an indispensable, authoritative guide to the act, art, and craft of creation."
Library Journal magazine (starred review): "Wonderful . . . The volume also distinguishes itself from other similar titles with its wealth of exercises, each provocative, proven, and sure to write the ship . . . The new go-to guide for aspiring middle-grade and YA authors."
Kirkus Reviews: "As executive editor at the Arthur A. Levine Books imprint of Scholastic, Klein has edited such well-regarded titles as Millicent Min, Girl Genius, by Lisa Yee (2003), Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork (2009), and If I Ever Get Out of Here, by Eric Gansworth (2013). With this substantial volume, she distills years of experience into an intensely practical, appealingly conversational manual."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: "Klein has plenty of experience with what does and doesn’t work in a book, but she admits in her intro that 'I’ve found writing a book on "how to write children’s and young adult fiction" as humbling and delightful as writing about "what humanity is like" or ‘how to live your life.”' It’s therefore with humor and generosity that she lays out an almost step-by-step guide to writing a children’s/YA book, offering advice, guidance, and exercises."
Bookpage.com: "This is the kind of straightforward and knowledgeable feedback that can take writers years to receive in the literary marketplace."
TeachingAuthors.net: "Readers close the book smarter about story, craft, genre and format possibilities, children’s book literature and publishing, as well as smarter about themselves as writers."