Trim: 6¼ x 9⅜
978-1-4758-0276-4 • Hardback • February 2013 • $59.00 • (£45.00)
978-1-4758-0277-1 • Paperback • February 2013 • $31.00 • (£23.99)
978-1-4758-0278-8 • eBook • February 2013 • $29.50 • (£22.99)
Catherine DePino has written many books for children, teachers, and parents about writing improvement and bully prevention. She also wrote two upbeat non-denominational prayer books for teenagers. She holds a doctorate from Temple University and served for many years as an English teacher and department head of English, world languages and ESL in the Philadelphia schools. Additionally, she worked for Temple as a student teaching supervisor.
1. Verbs: The Lifeblood of Sentences
2. How to Build a Sentence from Start to Finish
3. Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences: Big Time Blunders Corrected
4. Adjectives and Adverbs: How to Use Them Wisely
5. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers: How to Identify and Avoid Them
6. Commas, Part I: How They Help Sentences Make Sense
7. Comma, Part II: How to Punctuate Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Clauses and Phrases
8. The Rest of the Punctuation Marks: All You Need to Know
9. Agreement Problems: How to Spot and Solve Them
10. Words Often Confused: How to Get Them Straight
11. Writing Style: What It Is and How to Get It
12. How to Write Under Pressure Using a Foolproof Plan
Does grammar frighten you? Do predicates and participles make you panic? Relax! With this book at your side, all those seemingly complex rules become clear. In a fun and conversational style, Dr. DePino takes the mystery out of grammar and shows you the way to clearer, more persuasive writing. This book will be an invaluable tool for novices to professional writers. I know it will have a permanent place on my desk.
— Theresa Martin Golding, author of "Niner," "The Truth About Twelve," "The Secret Within," and "Kat's Surrender"
Finally, grammar has been demystified and returned to its rightful place in the creative writing process. This practical, down-to-earth and often amusing guide goes way beyond the proper use of the semi-colon or how to spot a run-on sentence. Dr. DePino shows us that grammar can be used to improve every aspect of our writing, giving our prose more punch, infusing our work with style, and even acing those dreaded essay tests. Anyone who writes needs this book.
— Laura Backes, publisher of Children's Book Insider and author of Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read
Check out a recent podcast with Catherine Depino by clicking here!