The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

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It?s 1972. Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves. Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called ?Fox,? and lives with her author dad in a rundown house in the middle of the woods. The two girls start writing their own stories together, and when one wins first place in a student contest, they find themselves recruited for a summer writing class taught by the equally unusual Verla Volante. The Wild Girls brilliantly explores friendship, the power of story, and how coming of age means finding your own answers.


About Pat Murphy

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Pat Murphy won the Nebula Award for her 1986 science fiction novel The Falling Woman and also, in the same year, for her novelette "Rachel in Love." Her 1990 novella "Bones" won the World Fantasy Award and her story collection Points of Departure, also published in 1990, won the Philip K. Dick Award. She has published several other SF and fantasy novels, including The City, Not Long After (1989), Nadya: The Wolf Chronicles (1996), and the children's novel The Wild Girls (2007). She lives in San Francisco.
Published October 16, 2008 by Speak. 308 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There, Verla’s assignments and writing advice (which really is life advice) assist the girls in their self-exploration and help them achieve the insight and personal strength they need to triumph.

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It’s funny when, as a relatively well-adjusted woman in your 40s, you read two fine novels about intelligent girls who are curious and daring and good-hearted.

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Pat Murphy Website ISFDB Bibliography Given the increasingly complex games with authorship that her most recent novels have played, and given how much non-fiction she has written for children, it was perhaps inevitable that Pat Murphy would write a young adult novel about writing.

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