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Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier - paperback
Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier

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Was That Too Wordy?
If you ever want to feel intimidated, write the review for a book about weak writing, knowing that the author, who has been a professional copy editor and proofreader for many years, will no doubt read it. Was that too wordy? Should I have split it into two sentences? Were my verbs robust enough? Just the fact that I am asking myself these questions points to the walk-away effectiveness of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier.

Thorough But Painless
Using a different mystery vignette at the beginning of each chapter, this book will thoroughly but painlessly instruct your children on seven common grammatical mistakes writers often make. Not only will your children learn to recognize these mistakes, but they will also be taught how to avoid them, or in some cases to allow them. For their assignments, your children will be asked to correct each error-ridden vignette. Answers are included, as are a glossary index and a bonus explanation of ten additional Writing Misdemeanors.

Writing is a Must-Have Skill
Communication via writing is one of those must-have skills wherever God leads you. The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier is the most interesting method I have seen for mastery of clear, readable, and, if you will work at it, electrifying writing. We recommend this book as best suited for high school students through adult, but some Jr. High learners will also appreciate it.
Author: Bonnie Trenga
Pages: 152
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-58297-561-0, 1582975612
Printed In: USA
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Highly recommend it to homeschooling families!! November 5, 2008
Reviewer: Celia from Ohio  
This book was a pleasant surprise!  It was an impulse decision to buy because it was offered at a significant discount.  I honestly wondered if I had just wasted my money, but this book is a gem and worth the full price!  The book focuses on seven of the weakest areas of most writing:  Passive voice, nominalization, vague -ing words, weak verbs, misplaced modifiers, super-long sentences, and wordy writing.    Each of the seven chapters begins with a mystery that contains several sentences that use the weak writing that will be focused on for that chapter, then it goes on to explain the problem and how to detect and fix it. There are lots of examples, each showing a sentence with the weakness and then how it could be written better.  This book would be great to go with a junior or high school level creative writing class.  Matter of fact, that is what my sister-in-law is doing with it.  I plan on incorporating the ideas into my 5th grader's writing.  I'd highly recommend it to all homeschooling families who are concerned with their students' writing or who would like to focus on specific writing issues.

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Not only instructive, but also rather entertaining October 17, 2008
Reviewer: Beverly D. from Woodstock, Ga.  
After teaching daughters that enjoyed writing and appreciated the value of editing, I found it difficult to instruct my less than enthusiastic teenage son in this area.  I was happy to find The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier.  It made the subject more interesting and did not have laborious, repetitive activities to endure.  We would simply sit and read the chapters and discuss the topic. There was just one editing practice per chapter. Later, when editing papers, I was able to refer back to common mistakes listed in the book.  While this is not an in-depth study of writing and does not have a lot of practice, I found it to be just the thing to interest my son.  I also handed it off to our college junior to read on her summer break, which she did without too many grumbles.  She agreed that it is not only instructive, but also a rather entertaining book!

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