The Bronze Pen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Twelve-year-old Audrey Abbott dreams of becoming a writer, but with her father's failing health and the family's shaky finances, it seems there is no room for what her overworked mother would surely call a childish fantasy. So Audrey keeps her writing a secret. That is, until she meets a mysterious old woman who seems able to read her mind. Audrey is surprised at how readily she reveals her secret to the woman.

One day the old woman gives Audrey a peculiar bronze pen and tells her to "use it wisely and to good purpose." It turns out to be just perfect for writing her stories with. But as Audrey writes, odd things start happening. Did Beowulf, her dog, just speak to her? And what is that bumping under her bed at night? It seems that whatever she writes with the pen comes true. However, things don't always happen in the way that she wants or expects. In fact, it's quite difficult to predict what writing with the pen will do. Could the pen be more of a curse than a gift? Or will Audrey be able to rewrite the future in the way that she wishes---and save her father's life?
 

About Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. She was recently honored with an Edgar nomination for her book The Unseen, which was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Parents' Choice Silver Honor winner. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, and William S. and the Great Escape. She lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her online at zksnyder.com.
 
Published February 7, 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 210 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When she tells the old woman that her most deeply held dream is to become an author, the woman gives her a bronze pen and the injunction to “use it wisely and to good purpose.” Being an author is about the only thing that brings Audrey any joy: Her father is an invalid, wheelchair-bound because o...

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Before she leaves, the woman gives Audrey an “ancient pen made out of dark, almost rust-colored metal and covered with strange marks and scratches.” The woman advises her to “use it wisely and to good purpose.” After Audrey uses the pen to write a story about a girl who can talk to animals, str...

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