Notes from An Alien

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Write What You Know? Try Writing What You’d Love to Learn by Chris Barton


Stuck in your writing?

Read today’s re-blog :-)

Nerdy Book Club

Next time you hear a student say, “I don’t know what to write,” I’d like you to think about dancing. About ballet, to be exact.

‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Cathy Gendron, and published by Millbrook Press.‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Cathy Gendron, and published by Millbrook Press.

Two ballets are mentioned by name in my new book, ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition. One of them, you can probably guess. The other, you probably can’t, so let’s talk about that one.

It’s called Filling Station.

When I embarked on this Nutcracker project, I had no idea there’d ever been a ballet featuring roles for a gangster, a state trooper, and a little girl who really needs to pee. No ballet, I would have figured, was ever named for a place with gas pumps.

And it certainly never would have occurred to me that this…

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