The Writing Thief takes using mentor texts in new directions and with new purpose. It has wonderfully insightful passages about using reading to teach writing from some of your favorite authors and mine: Kate Messner, Ralph Fletcher, Nicola Davies, Lester Laminack, Toni Buzzeo, Lisa Yee, David Harrison, and Lola Schaefer.
It has over 90 books and everyday text citations and teaching ideas organized by mode (narrative, informational, opinion/argument) and by the four key qualities of each trait (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation). It has updated writing research and thoughts about the Common Core State Standards.
I really do love everything about this book including the cover and the title. Most of all, it has my heart on every page. I hope it finds a place in yours, too.