I just finished reading The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy, a writer whose work I had never read. It’s a middle grade novel about a girl who moves across country–from Connecticut to California–the friend she makes, and the stories they begin to write. It’s a book about writers and it’s a book for writers. There are lessons about writing in this book that are the equivalent of taking a writing class at Berkeley (the setting for some of the scenes). To tempt you further, you’ll meet the Queen of the Foxes, visit the Circus of Chaos, walk on stilts, and paint your face with lipstick to give yourself the nerve to read your writing in front of an auditorium filled with people. You know you can’t resist! Once you read it, I want to hear about what insights it gave you into how to tell stories that matter.