Great writers each have their own distinctive voice.

They let us hear the characters in their stories speak in a distinctive style.

They narrate the story in a distinctive style.

Learning to recognize that voice will make you a powerful reader.

Learning to write in your own distinctive voice will make you even more powerful!


Scattergood, Augusta. Glory Be. New York: Scholastic Press, 2012.
“I raced after him, all the time thinking why in tarnation would our pool be closing on the hottest day of the summer, just twelve days before the Fourth of July, my twelfth birthday?  And what was the big secret anyway?” (3).

“”I wanted to see where y’all were going. That’s all’ I glared at my sister. ‘I double-dog dare you to fuss at me!…'” (94).
“I was smiling as big as all get-out” (113).
“I felt like I was drowing in a freezing cold pool of disappointment and confusion” (157)

Tolan, Stephanie S. Applewhite’s at Wit’s End. New York: Harper, 2012.
“As historian, of course, her iron-filing self would have an excuse to hang out around David-the-magnet” (107).
“‘I coulda told him where he was. Mommy made me learn our address. did you know our road doesn’t even gots a name? Just a number'” (102).

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