Grammar Girl Presents: The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students Print

What You Need to Know:
• This writing guide is a valuable and entertaining resource for students of any age.
• You can use this book as a reference tool, but it almost reads more like a novel.
• The author often speaks directly to the reader which helps keep them connected and engaged.
• You can find more grammar tips online at
• iTunes named Mignon Fogarty’s podcast, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, one of the best
  podcasts of 2007.
Sweet Book Summary:
Have you wondered if you should answer "I'm good" or "I'm well" when asked how you're doing? Have you debated if you should type, "I feel bad" or "I feel badly" in an email to your friend? And, of course, there's always the concern about starting a sentence with "and" like I just did. Look no further. If you've thought of it, so has Mignon Fogarty, and she answers all these questions, and much more, in her new book, The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students. It's grammar for the next generation, taking into account modern technology and current trends. It may even make you smile. Yes, it covers all the basics, but it also presents those lessons in a fun, creative and relevant format, including some references to modern culture like Star Trek and Coldplay.

Ms. Fogarty delivers the rules of grammar in clear, concise language, occasionally using an aardvark and a snail to get her point across. Parts of speech, sentence structure, and punctuation are all thoroughly explained. There are also helpful memorization tricks and reasons behind the rules, sometimes with a historical reference. Ms. Fogarty even points out that the rules may be different depending on the country or the classroom. Chapter 4 is especially useful with its alphabetical listing of the proper usage of some commonly misused words and phrases. To make the book more manageable, the text is broken up with illustrations, pop quizzes, bright orange type, headings like “What’s Up with That?”, and boxed, highlighted details. It's also well organized into short sections that cover very specific topics and are clearly marked with orange tabs. There are also examples to which kids can relate, such as “If you get irritated by repeatedly hearing your parents’ stories, you can understand how redundancy can annoy other people.” Keep this engaging resource on your desk, and you’ll find yourself picking it up on a daily basis.
Author: Mignon Fogarty Illustrator: Erwin Haya Published: 2011, 304 pages
Themes: Humor, Learning Basics, Reference
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What aspect of grammar do you find the most confusing or difficult to remember?
• Why is grammar important?
• How is your writing different when you're handing in a paper at school versus texting or emailing?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Scholastic Guide to Grammar, Marvin Terban
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss
This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
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