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Kayla Wayman, Junior Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream
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Time travel to Victorian era London, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and a Tokyo lab a whole millennium into the future might sound like a fairy tale life. But time traveling teen Kayla Wayman discovers that when the time stream holds her fate in its finicky grasp, it feels more like a nightmare.
Wanting desperately to prove to her mom that she’s grown up, she breaks the rules and time jumps alone. But a simple misstep throws her miles and decades away from her intended destination. Now she’s tumbling from city to city, through different time periods, directionless and afraid. Kayla must learn to master time and believe in herself, or she may never find her way home.
This first collaborative novel from the makers of Story Sprouts is a tale of big adventure, second chances, and the power of a family’s love. Included in this volume are valuable extras for young writers and classroom discussions.

Book Discussion Questions
Write Your Own Scene
History Timeline of Kayla’s Jumps
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Story Sprouts: Voice


A Collection of Lessons and Exercises on Voice and the Resulting Creative Works of Poetry and Prose by the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles.



Story Sprouts: Voice features the fearless adventures of 25 aspiring and published children's book authors— gifted writers who spent one day exploring the mysteries and nuanced expression of Authorial, Narrative and Character Voice.

Included are more than 60 works of original poetry and prose. The authors composed in less than 10 hours, as they deepened their understanding of literary devices and sharpened their powers of observation and interpretation. Each learned to speak from the heart of a child, from the soul of an inanimate object, and to faithfully represent a character meticulously created from a photograph.

Readers will be touched and inspired, but Story Sprouts is also a rich reference tool for teachers and workshop leaders. The book offers prompts and tips, details the specific workshop techniques used, includes handouts and other materials, and cites a wealth of free online resources—all of which serve to strengthen writers as they pursue their craft.

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A Collection of Writing Exercises and the Resulting Creative Works of Fiction by the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WRITER What happens when linguistic lovers and tale tellers workshop together? Inspiration. Wonder. Discovery. Growth. Magic. Brave and talented, the writers featured in this anthology took on the challenge of dedicating one day to the raw and creative process of writing. A rare view into the building blocks of composition, Story Sprouts is made up of nearly 40 works of poetry and prose from 19 published and aspiring children's book authors. This compilation includes all of the anthology writing exercises and prompts, along with tips, techniques and free online writing resources to help writers improve their craft.

EDITED BY: Alana Garrigues Nutschell Anne Windsor

POETRY AND PROSE BY: Stacy Yamaoka Anderson Tiffani Barth Cacy Duncan Abi Estrin Diane H. Fisk Alana Garrigues Angie Flores Glenn Jason Hanna Kristina F. Jordan, M.A. Lucy Ravitch Donna Marie Robb Diane Sepulveda Robinson Nora Rodriguez Lissa Ross Lynne Southerland Christal Terry Kathryn Thornton Cameron S. Ulyate Nutschell Anne Windsor

ABOUT CBW-LA: CBW-LA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to educating and inspiring writers on the road to publication. Our members range from hobbyists to published authors. We welcome all writers, but focus on children’s literature, from picture book through young adult. Our monthly workshops provide tips and lessons on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Topics range from creating three-dimensional characters, weaving intriguing storylines, revising and editing a manuscript, to writing and submitting query letters to agents and editors. Members can also get helpful feedback on their manuscript through our critique sessions, and our annual Writing Day Anthology Workshop offers them a chance to gain publishing experience through publication in Story Sprouts Anthology.

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