Sarah Weeks

an entertaining author

About the Author

Sarah Weeks was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1955. She grew up with a stay-at-home mom and a dad who worked at the University of Michigan and who had a love for english. Weeks attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts where she studied music. She later attended graduate school in New York City where she married and raised a family. Weeks had two sons, Gabe and Nat. Sarah Weeks believes that the best part about being an author is doing something that she is passionate about. She enjoys writing so much that sometimes she finds herself writing from sunrise to sundown. Even though the final product of her books are amazing, she does spend several hours revising and correcting them. This means that anybody can become a good writer if they put in the time and effort.


Sarah Weeks has written 55 books and is still writing more. Her novels are generally written for and audience of children between the ages of eight and twelve. Weeks's novel, Pie, is on the master list for the Nutmeg Award in 2016. Another accomplishment of hers is that her story, So B. It, is being made into a movie. Sarah Weeks also has received terrific reviews from famous publishing companies.

Sarah Weeks's Lists of Works

For this project, I read:

Jumping the Scratch

So B. It

Honey

Pie


I would recommend reading her book Pie to start because I thought it was the most entertaining, and it was the quickest read.

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Common Themes

  • From reading Sarah Weeks's novels, I discovered a consistent central theme was that one does not know the answers to questions until he or she experiences the problem and seeks to find the solution. This was the main theme in the stories So B. It, Honey, and Pie. In So B. It, the protagonist, Heidi, had a mother who was disabled and made up her own words, but these words had certain meanings. Heidi had to literally cross the country to find out just what those words meant. In the novel Honey, Weeks created a character named Melody, who only had a dad. When she overheard him calling another woman "honey" over the phone, Melody had to play the role of investigator to uncover the mystery of just who "honey" was. This also seems to be the central theme in Pie. In this story, young Alice has to solve the mystery of who robbed her dear Aunt Alice's pie shop after her death. All three of these main characters encounter problems where the answers are not right in front of them. Finding the answers involves significant effort and sacrifice on the part of the main characters.

Sarah Weeks's Style of Writing

In Sarah Weeks's novels her sentences are short and simple. She is not a complex writer, but that makes her stories understandable and entertaining because one does not have to constantly stop and define words they do not know.


Here are the results from reading four stories of Sarah Weeks:


- She usually has less than 200 words per page.

- Her sentences are short and she tends to have a lot of sentences on the page.

- She usually has many more simple sentences than complex on a page.

- She does not use many FANBOYS.

- Weeks also does not use many AAAWWUBBISes or prepositions.

- Sarah Weeks usually starts a sentence with the subject, which is not original.

Common Ingredients of Sarah Weeks's Main Characters

In the books Honey, Pie, So B. It, and Jumping the Scratch, the main characters have several common traits.


The first trait is that they are adventurous. In all of the stories, the characters had a mystery they each had to solve on their own that required much more than jotting notes down at home. They had to travel through cities, states, and sometimes even countries. This was a way of grasping the reader's attention by taking them on an exciting journey.


A second trait of the main characters was independence. In each of the stories, the central character did not have parents who were always on top of them, which gave them a lot of freedom and independence. This helped set aside the main character from everyone else because they were able to roam on their own and be free.


The final trait that was consistent in the four books was that they were all open-minded. Though answers sometimes seemed obvious, the four young children always kept their minds open to new information and were never certain of their answer until everything made complete sense.