breakfast on mars and 37 other delectable essays


Well-known and beloved young adult authors and illustrators celebrate essay as a writing style by demonstrating the variety of formats and essay can take.

Educational Themes:

This isn't a cover-to-cover read. That said, it is an excellent tool for introducing essays and for offering writing prompts.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow for your classroom. The book illustrates essay styles and is not one you read for fun, or cover to cover.
Young Reader Reaction:

This is an anthology every creative writer, no matter what level, should keep on hand. This collection by Rebecca Stern and Brad Wolfe will inspire even the laziest of us to pick up a pen. The essays range in topics from character analyses to graphic essays, personal narratives and how-to guides, each work varying in length, format, voice, tense, and topic, proving that essays take no standard form, and certainly are not limited to the five paragraph format taught in junior high. Having the author’s biography gives readers a chance to connect to the author and see similarities they may have. This book is very inspiring, teen- and adult- friendly.

Parent Reaction:

Teens will recognize this all-star collection of authors they love to read. How much of the book they read is a big question for me. Although billed as YA nonfiction, the Special Note to teachers suggests that this is more for classroom use. Reading the introduction (which is indirect voice) and the essays themselves confirm that. It is a book you would use to illustrate a specific type of writing, but not one you're likely to see a teens read of their own choice.


Popular authors and a variety of essay styles introduce readers to the art of writing in its many forms.


For all its push to encourage essays, the book doesn't do enough to define what kinds of essays their are (i.e., purpose), other than a label at the top of the first page of each essay.

Title Breakfast On Mars And 37 Other Delectable Essays
Author Rebecca Stern, editor Brad Wolfe
Publisher Roaring Brook Press © 2013
ISBN 9781596437371
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Young Adult, Essay, Anthology
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