Summer Writing Challenge

Now that summer is in full force, does your tween need motivation to keep up their reading AND writing skills?

Tween Author Boot Camp is holding a summer writing contest during the months of June and July. Here are the rules:

  • Read any tween book.
  • Pick your favorite character in the book who is NOT the main character.
  • Rewrite a 250 to 500 word excerpt from book in that secondary character’s point of view.
  • Email the entry to before July 31, 2016.
  • A tween can enter as many times as he/she would like. (Each entry must be a POV excerpt from a different book the tween has read.)
  • All entries will be put in a drawing for prizes that include a $15 Amazon giftcard as well as free DVD rentals from Redbox.

Please see an example of this type of writing assignment below. It is written by a 10-year-old girl who chose the POV of “Snape” in the Harry Potter series.


The Potions Master

I’m mixing potions for my next class when I see the list of who is in it. I see Harry’s name. “Ugh, I don’t like the Potter family.” (And by that I mean I hate them!) But I guess I’ll have to deal with him . . .

“Hermione,” I say quickly.




“Ahh, yes,” I say softly. “Harry Potter. Our new celebrity.”


I finish calling the names and look up at the class. Of course it always starts like this, them messing around.

“You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion making. I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stop death—if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”

But, of course they will end up being a bunch of dunderheads, but look at Draco. He is actually quite impressive. Oh look, Harry Potter is still trying to impress everyone. Let’s see how impressed everyone is after I ask him this question. “Potter, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”

Hermione’s hand shoots in the air. (Of course, she knows everything.)

“I . . . I . . . I don’t know sir,” Harry says sheepishly.

I ask Potter more questions. He doesn’t know any of the answers.

“I don’t know the answers,” Harry says quietly. “But I think Hermione might. Why don’t you call on her?”

Stupidity does run in the Potter family.


(NOTE: this kind of exercise helps teach young writers about point of view. If you tween has questions about Point of view, please see “POV” under the “Writing Resources” at