Writer of the Plains

A Story about Willa Cather

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

From the time she was a young child, Willa Cather had a gift with words and she loved stories. As a child on the Nebraska prairie, she heard many stories from her neighbors, many of them immigrants, and she never forgot them. She begun to write stories of her own, and even after she became a successful journalist, she made time for them. Her great novels of the prairie, such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia, established her as one of the finest writers of all time. In Writer of the Plains, author Tom Streissguth paints a clear and interesting portrait of this complex and independent woman.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 1997
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 1997-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.2
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF007030, JNF007120
Dewey 813'.52
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 790
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 15545
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Tom Streissguth

Illustrator: Karen Ritz

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →



“Karen Ritz’s full-page pencil drawings are quiet and beautiful.”

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“The lively narrative is clear and concise and the storylike tone of the text will sustain the attention of readers. Attractive charcoal pencil drawings appear throughout.”
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